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|2 weeks 4 days ago||What is the new spousal||
What is the new spousal membership rule?
|2 weeks 4 days ago||Plenty to do for a 5 year old||
Plenty to do for a 5 year old - I think this is the ideal age to start at Michigania. He or she will have the time of his or her life. The staff are great at keeping young lids active and entertained. You can see a sample schedule here:
|2 weeks 5 days ago||We are long time 5th week||
We are long time 5th week Michigania campers. Our kids grew up going to Michigania, but we are taking a break now that they are in college. I do miss it though and I can't recommend it enough, especially for families with young kids. They have an incredible amount of freedom there in a very safe environment. Meanwhile, parents get to go sailing, shooting, do a high ropes course, galze some pottery, or just sit and read all day. We made some great friends with fellow alums and their families.
|15 weeks 6 days ago||I've had season tickets since||
I've had season tickets since 1990 and have seen a lot of really good and really bad games at Crisler. I have a couple of observations about the atmosphere:
- It is a lot better now with the students on the sidelines behind the benches than it ever was in the old days when they sat behind the basket. I haven't been a student in a long, long time but absolutely believe that if you want a great atmosphere at a college basketball game, you have to give the students the best seats.
- Over the past 23 years, the biggest negative change in the atmosphere is the the relentless promotions during every break. Michigan has just forced the other team to call a timeout, the crowd is going wild and what to we hear - "Who wants a pizza?". Meanwhile, the band has to sit still until the announcer is done with the latest promotion before they can play The Victors. It didn't used to be like this and it really kills a lot of the fan participation.
|16 weeks 4 days ago||Football school||
I look forward to the day that people stop saying Michigan is a football school. You are selling short a great university with a great athletic tradition outside of football.
|19 weeks 6 days ago||Basketball?||
|25 weeks 2 days ago||High Holy Days, Akron, noon||
High Holy Days, Akron, noon start, unhappiness with wasting time in line at previous games all seem like valid reasons for the student section to filll slowly. It did look a lot more full by the 2nd quarter. On the other hand, the east side club level seats looked to be more than half empty the entire game. Why isn't anyone upset that the folks shelling out those kind of bucks can't be bothered to show up at all?
|28 weeks 11 hours ago||That's a great summary, but I||
That's a great summary, but I will add a few personal comments on Michigania. Our kids grew up going with us to Michigania every summer. It is an amazing experience for kids. They get to spend a family vacation with a lot of independence, making new friends and spending the day doing all sorts of great activities guided by an exceptional staff of college age counselors. There is a rhythm to the week, with the same events occuring on the same days every year. Traditions are big. It is pretty cool to see the teens at camp singing with the younger kids while waiting for the wizard to ride by on the unicorn.
It is also a great week for adults. I spend most of my time there sailing. They have a large fleet of sailboats in all different sizes and the boating staff are always among the best there. I also learned to shoot trap and skeet there, which I really enjoy. Riding, the high ropes course, archery, tennis, ceramics, and arts and crafts are all pretty popular activites for adults. Evenings are spent at the faculty forums (4 nights) or hanging out with friends and family. Some campers party pretty seriously, and there are lots of folks who want to talk about Michigan sports. I agree that the Michigan elemant is not overbearing, but you will stand and sing The Victors several times during the week. I highly recommend Camp Michigania for alums with children.
|34 weeks 2 days ago||Within the campus area - I'd||
Within the campus area - I'd recommend Pizza House or Original Cottage Inn for food that she might actually eat on an evening out as a student. Mani Osteria is really, really good but I don't see a lot of students hanging out there - it's a bit more upscale. I strongly recommend it if you want Italian food that is a little more imaginative. I love Blimpy Burger, but never feel very good a couple hours later. Angelos is definitely the best place near campus for breakfast.
Zingermans is the place for foodies and Kerrytown (the neighborhood it is in) is worth a visit for local atmosphere. Zingerman's Roadhouse on the the west side of town is also very good - but again, not a likely place she will get to as a student.
Frita Batidos is also great as is Mark's Carts for casual dining. Both are downtown, off of Main Street. There are a lot of nice restuarants in the Main Street area. If you want to splurge for dinner, I think Logan and the West End Grill are the best fine dining places in Ann Arbor, but they may be better choices for family visits when she is a student and you really want to celebrate something.
|37 weeks 2 days ago||Camp Michigania||
We are long-time Michigania campers and have had amazing times there. It is hard to beat as a family vacation - great location in northern Michigan, lots of activities for kids and adults, great staff, the chance to sing The Victors multiple times with other alums. Our kids grew up going there and we have lots of great family memories.
|1 year 27 weeks ago||OK, I guess you aren't a||
OK, I guess you aren't a basketball season ticket holder so I'll try again since you still don't understand. They could have offered long-time season ticket holders the chance to buy the same seats at a higher cost. Instead they invoked a point system which just gave you a place in line but no sense of where you were in line or where you would need to be to get equivalent seats. You had to make the donation just to secure a place in line, with no option to back out of the donation if you didn't like the seats you ended up with. They gave extra points to long-time season ticket holders (although they only credited 20 years), but again there was no attempt to give fans any idea of relative value of those points. I think they should and could have devised a system that gave long-time tickets holders the first option to retain their seats at the new going price, rather than putting us all in a new line with no idea where we stood.
I am not a football fan, so points, seat licences, etc are new to me. Frankly I can't conceive of spending $5K per year for football tickets, but I am glad you feel you get your money's worth. I have been a college basketball fan for more than 30 years and I do understand how money drives college sports. I think they could have easily devised a system that would have increased revenues while still giving loyal fans the option to keep their seats. The fact that they didn't try means that they really didn't care about fan loyalty.
|1 year 27 weeks ago||You missed my point. I don't||
You missed my point. I don't mind a reasonable increase in ticket prices. But my problem is that after 23 years of gradually getting better seats, I am now paying more for worse seats. There are a lot of loyal long-time season ticket holders in the same situation. Loyalty to the program doesn't matter.
|1 year 27 weeks ago||After 23 years of basketball||
After 23 years of basketball season tickets, including sitting through the Ellerbie years and a lot of other really bad teams, I had to make an extra $200 "donation" to stay in the running for season tickets in the same section I sat in for years. And the donation didn't even help as I got worse seats than I had before. They wouldn't refund my donation when I complained about getting worse seats. This is why I don't like Dave Brandon and why this will be my last season at Crisler. No respect for fan loyalty, only for maximizing revenue.
|1 year 33 weeks ago||Sailing is my favorite||
Sailing is my favorite activity at Michigania. The boating staff are the best. I grew up sailing on a small lake in Wisconsin, but hadn't sailed in years until I went to Michigania. The first time I tipped a boat, there was a boating staff guy there in a whaler offering a hand almost as soon as I hit the water. Great service, even if you are very experienced dealing with capsized boats.
I never minded the lifejacket requirement or the proficiency tests. It's just basic risk management. It's not good for business when campers are drowning or wrecking boats.
|1 year 33 weeks ago||Camp Michigania||
Best benefit from the Alumni Association - Camp Michigania.
If you have young kids and you like outdoor activites like sailing, shooting, riding, doing ropes courses, etc., it's a great vacation. You get to have a great time while a superb staff of college students (many from UM) takes care of your kids, who are also having a great time. Plus you have the opportunity to make friends with other alums of all ages, listen to faculty lectures in the evening if you want, and best of all, you get to stand up and sing The Victors multiple times during your week there.
|1 year 34 weeks ago||There are no legal places to||
There are no legal places to run your dog within the city limits of Ann Arbor other than Olson Park, Swift Run Park, or your fenced yard. Be a responsible owner and buy the dog license. Surely you can afford less than a dollar a week.
Don't be one of those people. I am a dog owner and I think that people who let their dogs run off leash in places like the Arb, Bird Hills, Argo Pond, Slauson Middle School, etc. just make life more difficult for the rest of us.
|1 year 47 weeks ago||I am older than 29, have had||
I am older than 29, have had season tickets since a few years before the Fab 5, and went to almost every home game when they were here. I was a huge fan of them and completely enjoyed the hype that surrounded them. I fully understand the impact they had on the culture of that time.
I was also hugely disappointed when the scandal broke - disappointed in the players who took money and in the coaches who ignored what was going on. They broke the rules and we all paid the price. Michigan fans should expect more.
I find it hard to understand how so many of us can be so indignant over OSU's violations but ignore our own. The games were vacated because they broke the rules. The banners mean nothing.
|1 year 51 weeks ago||No, I wouldn't schedule more||
No, I wouldn't schedule more games during the holidays, but instead replace some of the non-conference games we play in earlier in December with conference games.
|1 year 51 weeks ago||A better solution||
Instead of worrying about exactly what kind of cupcakes we schedule, how about dropping some nonconference games and instead pushing for a return to a full round robin home-and-away conference schedule. I would much rather see four more conference games. It would give more weight to the regular season conference tile and eliminate arguments about who had the weakest schedule. It will put more fans in the seats earlier in the season. It's good for the fans and good for the conference.
|2 years 1 week ago||My high school history||
My high school history teacher regularly told us to read silently from the textbook rather than actually presenting a lesson. One day I was sitting in class reading about the lead-up to the Civil War and came across a line that said, "Stephen Douglas was a master debater." It was too much for my bored teenage brain to handle and of course I got in trouble when I couldn't explain to the class why I was laughing so hard.
|2 years 7 weeks ago||I was in the upper section,||
I was in the upper section, closer to the MSU fans that were there, and I can say without any doubt that the Michigan fans were louder. When MSU briefly took the lead, things got a bit quieter, but overall it was a more raucus UM crowd than usual. There weren't any instances of the "Go Green" chant overwhelming the home crowd as there were in the past.
|2 years 11 weeks ago||Agree - any parent who||
Agree - any parent who refuses to help support his or her child's education due to a sports rivalry is simply a jerk.
My kids grew up in Ann Arbor as Michigan fans. But when it came time to apply for college, they all said that it was time to leave town and live somewhere else. I respected and supported their desire for independence. One son chose to go to MSU, is getting a fine education there, and has become a die-hard Sparty. I appreciate that - I have never respected fans who didn't root for the school they attended. He roots for MSU, I root for UM and we get along just fine.
|2 years 35 weeks ago||As another Fordie (actually||
As another Fordie (actually an IPPSter, but that dates me a bit), I also pass on my respects to the Ford family. Betty Ford was a great woman, with the courage to give outspoken support to issues that were contrary to the direction her husband's party was headed. She will be missed.
|2 years 41 weeks ago||This is just so much BS.||
This is just so much BS. Michigan is great school, but that doesn't mean that all the other B10 schools suck. Lots of very smart kids go to schools like Illinois, Purdue, Indiana, Penn State, etc. because they provide an excellent education at in-state prices. Many of them also have individual programs that are higher ranked than those at Michigan. To say that anyone who goes to one of those other schools just couldn't get into a more prestigious school is ridiculous.
|2 years 48 weeks ago||A bit of Ann Arbor trivia -||
A bit of Ann Arbor trivia - the songwriter who penned "One Shining Moment" is an Ann Arbor resident.
|2 years 48 weeks ago||As a parent of 3 teenagers, I||
As a parent of 3 teenagers, I think you did the right thing. Avoiding the realities of life in order to protect teenagers causes more harm than good. That doesn't mean going out of your way to expose them to those realities, but I don't think you did that. Running away from Hash Bash would have left them feeling that there was something forbidden and exciting going on there rather than the not so pretty reality. Going out of your way to shelter kids just removes the opportunity to have any influence on how they view those things. In the end, they will make their own decisions no matter what you do as a parent.
I do hope that in "the talk" afterward, you were careful to separate the facts from your political beliefs. I would be more disturbed if my daughter came home from such an occasion spouting a worldview to the right of Rush Limbaugh, and would be equally disturbed if a coach of one of my kids was spouting any extreme political view, left or right, while my kids were in their care.
|2 years 49 weeks ago||Some of the comments here are||
Some of the comments here are embarrassing. There is some very funny stuff on Eleven Warriors today - go to the main page and check out the stories on Tressel's next coaching job or the one about his tats. I am impressed that some Buckeyes don't take themselves quite so seriously.
|2 years 49 weeks ago||What makes you think Matta's||
What makes you think Matta's program is clean?
|2 years 50 weeks ago||He's 10? Start working on||
He's 10? Start working on his essay now. My teenagers procrastinated so long it just about killed me.
Don't know what the essay question will be 7 years from now? You can be sure it will have something to do with diversity. Every one of the schools my kids applied to had a diversity-related essay question.
|2 years 50 weeks ago||Couldn't agree more. We'd||
Couldn't agree more. We'd hear the same whining if he had dished it off and we had missed the three.