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- Why would anyone think that fraternities would have ceiling tile sword fights in which the loser gets a tile broken over his back as punishment? That just seems outrageous.
- Did those ceiling tiles fall down and deconstruct themselves into little pieces themselves? Occam's razor: what seems more likely: the first sign of intelligent life with the ability to reason similar to humans appears on earth as sentient ceiling tiles or college kids break stuff when drunk? I think you know the answer to this.
- Why didn't anyone get a quote from a Freshman member of the fraternity taken out of context to imply guilt? Freshman: "Yeah we really blew the ceiling off that-" M. Rosenberg "thanks. got what I needed."
- Why didn't the news reports distinguish between countable and noncountable ceiling tiles?
- Was this a site where ancient aliens had previously visited earth and the only possible explanation was that the aliens constructed the location as an intergalactic warehouse for their version of Amazon Prime and the vibrations that are caused by the faster-than-light shipping (and free streaming of tv shows from 20 years ago and no new movies you haven't already seen) of the products they deliver?
- Why wasn't George Tsoukalas consulted to investigate the method in which the cabinets were deconstructed? It appears it could have only been done with a technology beyond our years.
- Why wasn't this investigated as a possible protest against the administration's attempt to get Bisexual Asian Studies its own building at the expense of the math department or the hockey team?
- Has it been definitively proved that it wasn't bigfoot? A heard rumors of squatch calls that night and this has not been addressed.
- Where their balls inflated to the proper PSI?
- Did they consider using a LTX-71 concealable mic (the same one used by NASA when they faked the moon landings at Norton Air Force Base in San Bernadino, California) to get additional information during covert interviews? One could easily be obtained from Setec Astronomy to help compelte their investigation
|4 days 1 hour ago||And I hope that fraternity||
And I hope that fraternity alum acknowledge those critiques. Generally speaking, having a large number of people together can lead to group/defensive mentalities. Add in youth, alcohol, drugs, hormones, etc., and you have a lot of the elements necesssary for issues to come up.
Because fraternities in general tend to encourage group-mentality and usually have a large number of people associated with that group (as opposed to a regular group of 5-8 friends living together) they are probably involved in more issues.
I don't think fraternities themselves are the problem, but I think the group-mentality fosters an atmosphere that leads to problems, and fraternities can strengthen that group mentality.
|4 days 1 hour ago||Both of these posts (Zoltan,||
Both of these posts (Zoltan, Sierra) are well-articulated and avoid the of the stereotyping issues that have plagued a large number of posts on this topic.
Based on both of you have daughters attending UM as freshman we have an age-gap of I'd guess at least 10 years (I'm 31). I'd be curious to hear if you guys ever noticed any destructive behavior like this (or lesser) when you were at UM?
The reason I ask is because i did notice it during my time, both inside and outside fraternities. I graduated in '05. I'm making a pretty big generalization here, but my guess is that this type of activity occurs much more now (or even did in '05) than it did when you were at UM. Of course, most of the time the scale of the destruction is much smaller.
That doesn't mean it's right (it's not), or that it shouldn't be punished (it should, though I feel expulsion is extreme), but I feel that it might be seen as more "acceptable" within younger social norms than within yours (or mine).
Maybe I'm dead wrong here and it existed for quite a while. But it might explain some of the divide in the board of those who are outraged by this and those who might say this was bad, but aren't as outraged, concerned, up in arms, etc. about this. I obviously fall into the later group.
|4 days 13 hours ago||This stuff was pretty bad,||
This stuff was pretty bad, and represents UM poorly. It makes me ashamed to be a fraternity alum or a UM alum. But at the same time, a significant portion of the posters throwing down stereotypes and vitriol at a large group of people based on a loose association (Greek life).
By all means, this topic is relevant enough to post about, and be outraged if you want. I have zero issue with any of that. I disliked destruction of property that occurred when I was in college and never understood that mentality. But can we stop with the stereotypes and blanket statements about entire groups of people based on a single characteristic? It's getting unreadable and reflects on mgobloggers poorly.
|4 days 19 hours ago||I don't know. That's why I||
I don't know. That's why I asked...
|4 days 21 hours ago||Wheeeeeeeeeee generic group||
Wheeeeeeeeeee generic group stereotype blanket statement. Take off "Frat" from the start of the sentence and you have a generalized true statement. Add in any other descriptor and you have a generalized true statement: basically some people in a group can be douchebags. Okay?
The incident is bad, and over the top, and its sad that individuals (or groups of indivduals) do this. I disliked the destruction when I was in college that occured at both fraternity and non-fraternity events.
But really, the "black eye" UM is going to get from this is going to a blip on the radar. Acknowledging that its bad, stupid, but the long-term damage to the University's reputation is basically nonexistant does not mean I condone it.
Much longer-term damage done to perpetuate fraternity stereotyping and the fraternity itself. That was brought on by members of the group.
|4 days 21 hours ago||Are non-frat douches okay?||
Are non-frat douches okay?
|5 days 5 hours ago||What kind of a hit-job is||
What kind of a hit-job is this? I'm very disappointed in the main stream media's treatment of this situation. Did they even ask the right questions before jumping to the conclusion? Even a cursory review of the evidence points to some questions they missed:
Can't believe these questions have been missed. This is very alarming to me.
|5 days 6 hours ago||Excellent Casablanca||
Excellent Casablanca reference.
To answer your question: no. Fake outrage and people finding a way to complain about a team they already hate. Spygate was a big deal. In my opinion 9/10, this is 1/10.
|5 days 13 hours ago||There are "kicking balls" and||
There are "kicking balls" and regular balls. The teams are allowed to rub down/scuff up the regular balls so they don't feel like they just came out of the package (slippery). Refs inspect them for obvious blemishes when they are presented prior to the game.
|6 days 1 hour ago||The problem is that instead||
The problem is that instead of identifying individual responsible actors you're placing bad actions across an entire group of people who are extremely different. It might not outright be as bad as doing the same thing for race (or gender, age, etc.) but it's still stereotpying individuals based on a single characteristics or association.
|1 week 6 days ago||In this bright future you||
In this bright future you can't forget your past, so dry your tears I say
|2 weeks 1 day ago||It was. Go look at NFL injury||
It was. Go look at NFL injury reports for the past month (http://www.nfl.com/injuries). You don't need to say "torn (muscle)" but you need to give estimation, practice pariticpaton, and general area of injury.
Manning's past month on injury reports:
Division: Probable, thigh, full participant
WC: (bye, none submitted)
Week 17: Probable, thigh, full participant
Week 16: Questionable, thigh, limited participant
|2 weeks 1 day ago||Yeah, and in zone blitzes the||
Yeah, and in zone blitzes the DL dropping back into coverage should have to raise his hand and clearly identify himself as not rushing.
Give me a break, the idea that there should be a tea party where the offense lets the defense get all organized and ready for a good ol' time chap? is nonsense. Trick plays, hurry up offense, etc. This is a game of strategy, and it requires you abide by the rules, not accommodate the other team.
|2 weeks 2 days ago||Intro to typing was cut from||
Intro to typing was cut from the budget because new windows were needed.
|3 weeks 6 days ago||That's pretty close to what||
That's pretty close to what he said (without the compliments).
Dantonio plays to his fan base very well by constantly using the disrespect bullshit, but in this instance I don't really have a complaint. Coach who hates UM and usually makes petty comments hasd a pretty nonchalant respomse.
|3 weeks 6 days ago||That's because it's a||
That's because it's a Wordpress template.
|4 weeks 3 days ago||I don't think he has the||
I don't think he has the speaking style for media...
|4 weeks 3 days ago||Yes, yes it is.||
Yes, yes it is.
|4 weeks 5 days ago||This might help you||
This might help you understand why I'm not going to do that: Argument from Ignorance
I don't have one, but that does not mean its against the rules. Go read the Constitution and Bylaws and the Anti-Tampering Policy before you start telling people what the Policy allows/doesn't allow.
Specifically, your statement that it only applies to teams negotiationg with coaches is wrong. In '98 Carmen Policy (Browns) got fined for saying speculative things about a coach he'd like to hire, all of which happened to be true of Holmgren, when asked about hiring Holmgren. He even prefaced the comment that he couldn't comment on Holmgren because that would be tampering.
Also, your argument simply does not make sense. if coaches or other employees discussing jobs did not violate the Policy then every team would just have some low-level employee tamper.
The first line under the Non-Player Section of the Policy states the general rule for anti-tampering for everyone else: "No club, nor any person employed by or otherwise affiliated with a club, is permitted to tamper with a non-player employee of another club."
Giving advice that a coach should breach his contract with his current team clearly fits into this. Look - most of the time these coach-to-coach conversations don't become public so it's a non-issue. Most of the time, these conversations also occur when a coach is not currently under contract. This is a unique situation, but if John Harbaugh is encouraging Jim to leave it is in violation of the rules.
|4 weeks 5 days ago||Ignore him - you were right||
Ignore him - you were right to point this out and were right on your thought.
Harbaugh admitting that he's encouraging his brother to leave would be tampering. He was preppred and ready. The teams know the Anti-Tampering Rules pretty well.
|4 weeks 5 days ago||Sorry, but you're wrong.||
Sorry, but you're wrong. That's not what the NFL's Constitution and Bylaws or Anti-Tampering Policy say.
While the rule has been changed since then, go read the background around the Vermeil or Policy/Holmgren Anti-Tampering decisions and you'll see why Harbaugh is saying this.
John Harbaugh is an employee of the Baltimore Ravens, and is restricted from tampering with any coach under contract by another organization. That's in the NFL's constitution and bylaws. The Anti-Tampering policy specifically calls out "any interference by a member club with the employer-employee relationship of another club" in addition to trying to hire a coach.
There's a reason John Harbaugh is denying this. If he were to say "yes, I encouraged my brother to breach his contract with the 49ers and go coach UM" he is admitting to violating the Anti-Tampering Policy. Think of it like a tortious interference with a business relationship claim built into the league's rules.
The NFL is not going to crack down on advice that coaches might give each other if its private, and especially when someone's not under contract. But if there is one head coach of another team encouraging another coach to quit, that is tampering.
The most plausible scenario is that John Harbaugh was told by someone, likely an attorney for the Ravens, that he should not publicly admit to encouraging his brother to go to UM, and should in fact deny it so they don't get hit with a tampering charge. In that light, this is probably pure rules CYA by John Harbaugh and the Ravens.
|4 weeks 6 days ago||Interesting... snooping||
Interesting... snooping around on the internet I found Greg Gabriel's Dec 8 1941 post from the National War Post:
Two weeks ago I published an article that in all likelihood, Japan would not attack the United States. Two weeks ago that was a very true statement, as Japan wanted to control nowhere but the South Pacific. That was reported in various places by some very credible people. Japan was afraid of dragging a big power like the US into the region and wanted only to control the South Pacific.
Soon after my article was printed, the United States received severeal threatening, aggressive, and mean attacks from Japan. In simple words, they said I didn't know what I was talking about and that my sources were worthless.
Of course, they can believe what they want, as that's that Japan will do. The problem is that with the recent news surfacing that Pearl Harbor may have in fact been bombed by the Japanese, the assault on my mailbox picked up dramatically in recent days. Over the course of 24 hours I recieved close to 3 pieces of mail from navy crewmen, some of which are too depressing to repeat.
And with that. I am done with the US. The fans of this country are some of the biggest losers in America.
I for one, welcome our new German and Japense overlords.
(Hope everyone has Happy Holidays. Time to go spend time with the family rather than try to watch a guy take a billion steps backward)
|5 weeks 3 days ago||Atlanta certainly could be||
Atlanta certainly could be moving on from Smith, but Dimitroff is still there. I suppose that he could be gone too, or Harbaugh could work with him, but that does not seem like the situation he'd want to walk in to if the "control of the roster" thoughts are true.
|5 weeks 3 days ago||Having bad taste in uniforms||
Having bad taste in uniforms and tweeting at recruits is not age-specific...
|5 weeks 3 days ago||Where did you get that he is||
Where did you get that he is a high school kid? Read the linked tweets and couldn't tell how you came to that conclusion.
|5 weeks 5 days ago||Fair point. In my opinion, if||
In my opinion, if Harbaugh elects to stay in the NFL, the national NFL-media narrative will be that he never considered UM and use the offer as leverage for a bigger contract.
I don't know if we'll ever know if that's right or wrong, but based on the current state of reporting I believe that's what we'll hear.
|5 weeks 5 days ago||Wooooo, have a source for||
Wooooo, have a source for that?
|6 weeks 17 hours ago||Probably coaching "most" pro||
Probably coaching "most" pro athletes. I believe some truly do care and aren't just in it for the money.
|7 weeks 4 days ago||I don't practice family law,||
I don't practice family law (emp law for me), but it wasn't too hard to read up on this. Maybe a CA family lawyer will say differently, but it appears it all depends on what the custody (legal, physical) rights are of the parents, what the visitation schedule is, etc. For a minor, the court can appoint counsel to determine if a move is in the best interests of a child *given the custody status*. The court cannot tell someone they cannot move, but they can modify the custody order if the move is determined to be detrimental to the child.
Some of this is based on what his relationship is like with the child's parent, what his visitation schedule is, etc. If they are able to come to an agreement that keeps his relationship with the minor child intact it likely is not a big hurdle.
|7 weeks 6 days ago||Ha - I was surprised people||
Ha - I was surprised people didn't groan about CEO being AD when he made the swim lane reference. To clarify, it's a swim lane, not swimming lane. Beyond the fact that it has a few lines running across the page that vaugely looks like a pool with lanes set up there is nothing to do with swimming. It just means he has a sheet of paper that is divided to easily compare timelines for each coaching candidates. Google images and it and you'll get some results.
There, corporate education task for the day done.