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|5 weeks 1 day ago||You also didn't mention how||
You also didn't mention how the athletic department stopped paying for IM uniforms and offering IM sports preferential fees for renting facilities. They'd done that for years and then stopped. That wasn't widely known.
|5 weeks 1 day ago||Do you mean UM's former AD||
Do you mean UM's former AD Tom Goss?
|5 weeks 6 days ago||Too cold to want to go||
Too cold to want to go anywhere, so I made dinner here for my two best valentines: son & husband. Now the kid & I are watching The Great Gatsby. It's a chill Saturday night. Laundry might also be on the agenda. #romance
|6 weeks 22 hours ago||I think they've gone about||
I think they've gone about this all wrong.
I'll be honest: Having another thing that is "Michigan-only" and Michigan-specific in the band repertoire wouldn't be the worst thing.
The fight song is amazing and should never share the limelight with some "alternate" fight song. EVER.
Nor do I think we need a different "pump up" song. The fight song IS a pump-up song, the only one you need.
BUT--if the band had another, recognizable thing to launch into to mix it up a little? Something that is ours, unlike the arrangements that a dozen other bands do? I'd be fine with it. I'd welcome it. Teach me the words, let the crowd get into it, roll it out once a game. That's fine. I'm not sure how you'd start that tradition, but I think there's room for it.
But you don't introduce the idea by proposing to ADD a fight song, or then abort that and call it a pump-up song. That makes me want to take this idea and drive a stake through its heart.
|8 weeks 2 days ago||Special K would be better,||
Special K would be better, IMO. It's a lighter flake.
|8 weeks 2 days ago||We're all overlooking the||
We're all overlooking the boost this might get us in Playboy's annual Party School ranking.
|8 weeks 2 days ago||One of the student||
One of the student challengees said "It's actually hard to make Cinnamon Toast Crunch taste bad" so, you know, who knows. I think CoCo Pebbles induced some gagging when mixed with grape
|8 weeks 2 days ago||If someone burned a matrress||
If someone burned a matrress on my front lawn I would not be amused.
Damage to the lawn. Disruption of firetrucks through my neighborhood (assumimg they were xalled) plus cost to the taxpayers. Risk of sparks being carried by wind damaging my house or neighbors. The dirty work left to me to dispose of it safely once it cooled. The unsightliness of a burned mattress there while waiting for cooling/garbage day.
I don't get how that's a small thing, really. I understand that college students may care less about appearance than I would, but that doesn't reduce it to a small harmless prank, IMO.
|8 weeks 2 days ago||My concern is not just that||
My concern is not just that the GPA/philanthropy stuff was irrelevant, but rather that the fraternity believes it's very, very relevant. It's a reminder that we tend to rate the seriousness of an offense not by actual behavior but by demographic background.
What's that, you have a 3.74 GPA? Well then, I guess these were just hijinks after all; thanks for the clarifying information.
|8 weeks 4 days ago||Story can't be true||
Everyone knows Tom Osborne had a direct ear to God. Obviously he could get driving directions without using a pay phone.
|8 weeks 4 days ago||Surely you can capitalize on||
Surely you can capitalize on this and pimp yourself as at a paid roommate to future nationals/olympics hopefuls.
|13 weeks 3 days ago||My cousin is married to a guy||
My cousin is married to a guy who I like, but is kind of a bombastic know-it-all about football. He is also an insanely loyal 49ers fan.
He was infuriatingly condescendng at Thanksgiving when I dared to mention the possiblity of Harbaugh-to-Michigan Therefore, an announcement would make ensure our holiday celebration in early January (when I see him again) extra meaningful.
Do it for me, Jim. Do it for the way this is going to play out. Do it for the way he won't look me in the eye as he reels off some justification in an overconfident voice.
|14 weeks 15 hours ago||Had to laugh||
My son's friend broke his thumb at a party there. The UM ortho docs who saw him said exacty what you just did.
STILL, with no snow to sled in, and no PE class, I've got a kid who is going to be sitting around way too much this holiday break. If something comes together we'd seriously consider attending.
|14 weeks 1 day ago||Yes, I've been in the locker||
Yes, I've been in the locker room in Crisler. The player's lockers have a special cutout at the top to fit where the iPads get velcroed.
But you're talking about a much smaller number of players to provide iPads too. It's not inconceivable to me that the hoops teams would have them, but the football team doesn't. Photos I've seen of the football locker room don't seem to have a place for ipads, so I'd wonder where you'd keep 110 of the things if not there.
|15 weeks 5 days ago||His answer wouldn't mean||
His answer wouldn't mean much. Why would you reveal your job intentions to the media? To what purpose?
|19 weeks 2 days ago||I've said this downthread,||
I've said this downthread, but I think it deserves a main-level comment.
Contrary to what has been claimed, Athletics pays $$ to the University's academic enterprise.
Athletes with full scholarships get what we call a "free ride" but it's not that the University is just waiving the tution fees. The University still charges them--it's just that Athletics picks up the tab. Just like if a rich uncle did.
Now, I have seen arguments that this is not meaningul because it happens "in the system" (as opposed to athletics carrying bags of cash over Fleming, presumably) or because tuition is some arbitrary figure that may or may not cover the cost of instruction or whatever, or because athletes are just a small sliver of the student body. That's beside the point. The point is, the money flows from athletics to academics, not the other way around. Tuition payments are made on the same basis as they would be for any other enrolled students at the U (that is, athletes don't get some special rate or some agreed-upon deal between the U and the AD).
|19 weeks 2 days ago||This runs counter to my||
This runs counter to my understanding. Tuition payments are more than donations to the general fund.
|19 weeks 2 days ago||No, No. No.||
The info may be great but the interpretation is NOT.
Athletics absoltuely does may money to the University for the tuition of its scholarship athletes. Tuition for tendered athletes is not a write-off. The AD pays for it.
|19 weeks 2 days ago||I think you're misled by the||
I think you're misled by the phrasing "Financial Aid to Students." That doesn't all go to students--some of it is a direct trannsfer to the University to pay for those students' tuition. Some of it would also go to Housing (if they live on campus). Housing is, like athletics, an auxiliary unit, so payments to Housing aren't payments to the academic side, but they are payments out of Athletics to other parts of the U.
This seems to be poorly understood by many on campus. When they hear that scholarship athletes get a "free ride" they assume the University just doesn't charge them anything. This is not true. They do charge them--and the athletic department pays.
TL/DR: Some money flows FROM athletics TO academics.
|19 weeks 6 days ago||Christ you must be a blast at||
Christ you must be a blast at parties
|20 weeks 21 hours ago||I don't find it particular||
I don't find it particular surprising that U-M would use its public status in different ways. There are times when it is advantageous to be under the "we're part of state government" umbrella, and there are times when it's advantageous to say "Nope, we're different and autonomous."
I realize that it sucks when you're trying to make FOIA rules apply, or have some other reason that you want U-M to be bound by certain state laws. But I wager that many times as alums/students/supporters we should be happy about this kind of maneuvering.
|20 weeks 2 days ago||Ignore it||
Based on what a colleague who has spent his entire career in athletic departments has told me: Believe about 10% of what you hear around coaching searches and AD searches. There is a lot of crap being floated, and people have various and sundry reasons to putting it out there.
|20 weeks 2 days ago||It's pretty simple, IMO||
I want any Michigan player to be 100% behind the MIchigan coach as long as he or she is coaching.
Maybe it is reassuring for some people to believe that there are a bunch of players out there who sorry they're in this current program, disappointed in their coach, wishing someone else were at the helm. I'm not in that camp.
Whatever I and/or the general fandom thinks about the coach, I want a team who is all in, totally with the program, following the coach that we have in the position right now.
|20 weeks 2 days ago||I certainly understand why||
I certainly understand why you and others might question why the general public votes for these particular leaders. But the alternative is to have them appointed by the governor, and that system has its problems. Elected Regents help to maintain U-M's autonomy from Lansing.
|20 weeks 5 days ago||Playing DI football is||
Playing DI football is probably a transformative experience; you and 90+ teammates go through intense training and teambuilding and public scrutiny. I am certain it ends up being the kind of thing that you believe outsiders can't fully understand. It is also probably frustrating at times. So I'd cut the players some slack.
Surely we can be a little more thick-skinned than this. You got what you wanted, didn't you? Brandon resigned. You can't also expect every player to feel gratitude.
I feel like that's the bottom line, at times: We expect players to come here, always play their best, never complain, express nothing but gratitude for their free education, and feel nothing but loyalty and thankfulness for every fan. We expect them to be undying loyal to the program after graduation, too, never speaking a critical word. Oh, until the day when WE are critical of the program or the coach or the athletic department. Then we DO want them to back us up and call out the things we want called out.
I think this is unreasonable.
|20 weeks 6 days ago||Really interesting how?||
Brandon is an alum, a regent, a fundraiser. He is well-off and well-connected. He will probably still have some kind of relationship with the U. May as well lay the groundwork for it being a good one.
|21 weeks 3 days ago||Fwiw these responses, if||
Fwiw these responses, if authentic, make me like David Brandon more.
|22 weeks 2 days ago||This is a step up||
After realizing they cannot be trusted to spray-spell a 5-letter word like "STATE" correctly, they have limited themselves to three letters, and the first one was a gimme.
Well done, Sparty. Well done, truly. I admire a person who knows his own limitations.
|23 weeks 3 days ago||When I took my son to the||
When I took my son to the first UTL game, he kept climbing onto the seat to see over the damned ND band (don't ever sit behind them; it sucks in every way). I worried he was bugging the old fellow next to him, but the guy saw me trying to corrall his hopping and he said "No, you get up there if you have to" and said something about kids building great memories at games like this. He even helped him up the next time.
Hats off to that guy.
Also, he was onto something, although it took the final 2 minutes of the game for him to be proved right!
|23 weeks 3 days ago||We don't have season tickets||
We don't have season tickets but attend semi-regularly on my friends' tickets, or my in-laws'. So I get to know the faces even if I'm not a season ticket holder.
There's a family who sits just ahead of us, four people who appear to be two generations of Michigan fans. They closely follow everything and the daughter is probably the loudest and most opinionated about plays & calls (but she's not obnoxious). Her mom brings a bag of old-fashioned minty throat lozenges, and she has one after every UM touchdown She said her own mother started the tradition and she's continuing with it, every game. High scoring games, she gets pretty sick of them.
Nearby there is a very old stooped-over fellow wearing the kind of head-to-toe dandified Michigan gear you can only really pull off if you're over 80. Love that man.
Sometimes we park in Champions East and we should know our neighbors there, too, but the only one who stands out to me is the lady to marched over and told us if we didn't come early to tailgate we had no right to be there at all. Good to know, thanks.