FWIW. Michigan doesn't seem inclined to get re-involved.
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|9 weeks 5 days ago||I'm not sure why it matters||
I'm not sure why it matters that he isn't an alum. It is an administrative position, with job responsibilities very similar to a lot of other adminstrative positions. There are a lot of administrators at UM that aren't alums, just like there are a lot of professors who didn't graduate from UM. Should every coach and administrator in the Athletic Department be a former UM athlete?
|9 weeks 5 days ago||I haven't seen any evidence||
I haven't seen any evidence that the organization is falling apart. Alumni organizations exist to help keep alums connected to their schools. They encourage you to join by providing certain services that you may or may not like or want - things like a magazine, alumni events, discounts for things like insurance, etc. If you don't like those things, don't join. I joined the Alumni Association for one reason - access to Camp Michigania. For me, that made it worth well more than the cost.
I agree that donations (above the cost of AAUM membership) are better directed elsewhere in the University. I give annually to the School I graduated from. I know I got a good education there and I feel that I am paying back for the financial support I got from UM while I was a student. I love UM sports, but refuse to donate to the Athletic Department, including PSDs - which has caused me to give up my season basketball tickets after 23 years.
|9 weeks 5 days ago||You are all missing Camp||
You are all missing Camp Michigania - the best membership benefit of the Alumni Association.
|14 weeks 7 hours ago||This is a great discussion of||
This is a great discussion of Beilein's offensive strategy. I don't have any X's and O's stuff to add, but I do think it is important to acknowledge how important the unselfish team culture that Beilein, his staff, and his players have created is in making this offense work. For as long as I have been a Michigan basketball fan, a common question has been: who will put the team on his back late in a tight game. I don't worry so much about that anymore.
|15 weeks 11 hours ago||When we left last Saturday,||
When we left last Saturday, there was still a small pile of left over winter crud where the plow dumped everything all winter. I am hoping it's gone by the time we get back.
|15 weeks 12 hours ago||On the beach in South||
On the beach in South Carolina after a very long Michigan winter.
|15 weeks 6 days ago||No sour grapes - didn't like||
No sour grapes - didn't like him before Michigan played them and still don't like him. Two vacated final four appearances at two different schools is enough to convince me he's a cheater. And no, I wouldn't love to have him in Ann Arbor. Better to have a very good clean program than a great dirty one.
|15 weeks 6 days ago||Great analysis of the pros||
Great analysis of the pros and cons of staying. What I appreciate the most is that the OP doesn't presume to tell Nik, Glenn, and Mitch what is best for them. This is a really complicated, very personal decision. I am dismayed when I read comments that speculate on college athletes personal financial circumstances (e.g., "Glenn's father was an NBA star so he doesn't need the money") or that imply that leaving is disloyal - largely because it would disappoint fans. None of us can put ourselves in their shoes and they don't owe us anything.
As a fan, I have really enjoyed watching all three of them. I would love to be able to see them play for Michigan for couple more years, but I respect whatever decisions they make, and will follow their future athletic careers wherever they end up. And whatever they decide, I am optimistic about next season.
|16 weeks 2 days ago||I started watching Big 10||
I started watching Big 10 basketball seriously during Orr years and have been a season ticketholder since the beginning of the Fisher era. I like watching disciplined, unselfish teams that play above their individual talent level. In that respect, Beilein is far superior to either Fisher or Frieder. Similar to a previous comment, I left many games during the Fisher era thinking I had seen some amazing basketball talent, but rarely that I had seen a well-coached game. Not so during the Beilein era.
|16 weeks 5 days ago||As a Michigan fan with season||
As a Michigan fan with season tickets for the past 23 years, I am very, very proud of this team. How can you not love a team as unselfish and over-achieving as they have been? Credit to the Beilein and the coaching staff for creating a great team culture. I am looking forward to next year.
|16 weeks 6 days ago||It has been a great showing||
It has been a great showing in the tournament this year for the Big 10, but we really need one of the three teams to break the drought and win the Championship to convince a lot of other folks that the Big 10 is best.
From a statistical standpoint, the Big 10 has won Kenpom's conference ratings every year since 2011 and will almost certainly win this year as well. Since 2003, the first year for Kenpom, no other conference has won the conference ratings for more than 2 consecutive years. The 4 year dominance by the Big 10 indicates a top to bottom breadth that no other conference can currently match.
|16 weeks 6 days ago||Just happy to be here!||
Just happy to be here!
|17 weeks 5 days ago||Nice piece on MLive on the||
Nice piece on MLive on the players' and Beilein's reactions to 700 wins:
|18 weeks 6 days ago||We are 6 and 2 (6 of 8)||
We are 6 and 2 (6 of 8) against MSU since 2011. One more will make it 7 of 9.
|19 weeks 2 days ago||I've been attending college||
I've been attending college basketball games for almost 30 years and this expansion of the media ("official") timeouts has definitely taken a lot out of the game. It used to be that coaches had to use their own timeouts to control the pace of the game. The other team is on a roll - call a timeout. Your players are looking gassed - call a timeout. Judicious use of timeouts was part of the coaching strategy of the game. Now coaches are more likely to wait a minute of two of game time for the media timeout they know is coming every 4 minutes. When coaches had to use more of their own timeouts to control the game, it was a lot less likely that both teams would have 3 timeouts left in the last couple of minutes, leading to fewer situations where the last couple of minutes took 15 minutes of real time.
Either cut down on the number of team timeouts, or count every team timeout as a media timeout as well (counting down on the number of media timeouts). Or do something more radical like 10 minute quarters with 5 minute commercial breaks a very limited team timeouts.
|22 weeks 1 day ago||What is the new spousal||
What is the new spousal membership rule?
|22 weeks 1 day 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:
|22 weeks 1 day 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.
|35 weeks 3 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.
|36 weeks 1 day 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.
|39 weeks 2 days ago||Basketball?||
|44 weeks 5 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?
|47 weeks 4 days 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.
|1 year 1 week 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.
|1 year 4 weeks 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 47 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 47 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 47 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.
|2 years 6 days 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.
|2 years 6 days 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.