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|1 day 22 hours ago||Do M Engineering have a||
Do M Engineering have a career site accessible by alumni? Ross has postings geared towards alumni.
LinkedIn is your best bet. Join all the Michigan groups, they tend to have job postings by alumni that will be seen by far fewer people than places like Monster. Formally applying on websites is probably the hardest way to find good work. It's easier to use the Michigan network.
|2 days 11 hours ago||Judge Smails said the world||
Judge Smails said the world needs ditch diggers.
The people who write columns like this don't realize that the reason they're successful isn't because they worked hard at their passion, it's because they happened to be really good their passion and others valued that work. If everyone decided to make an app, there would be no one to tend the sewers, keep the electricity running, or make computers. In other words, society doesn't need apps. It needs ditch diggers and other people who are willing to do hard things that aren't super sexy. Frankly society probably values that more too. The median tech startup probably loses money over its lifetime. Very few other professions can say that.
|3 days 10 hours ago||Saturday night's all right.||
Saturday night's all right.
|3 days 17 hours ago||I was desperate to get out of||
I was desperate to get out of high school by my senior year, so I'm probably biased. That said, I really think prom and all that other stuff was seriously overrated. I've never put that much stock in ceremony or ritual. Instead, I enjoyed getting there and finding the next thing.
It's a personal decision, but academics isn't the only factor. Personality and goals are also important.
|5 days 9 hours ago||Give Harding a little more||
Give Harding a little more time. We can easily discuss the feud between Taft's Interior Secretary, Richard Ballinger, and Forestry Chief, Gifford Pinchot.
|6 days 20 hours ago||This is the only reason I can||
This is the only reason I can think of to attend anywhere over Harvard. Harvard has managed to create a substantial gap between it and Yale/Princeton/Oxford and has left everyone else in the dust. The exposure to the other students for four years is easily worth the price and that's before you think about professors, the alumni network, or the cache of the Harvard name.
I'm actually wondering if I'll have a similar choice to make. My kid is so advanced, that we're not sure how she'll be able to go to regular schools if she keeps progressing at this rate. She's reading at a first grade level at 2.5 years old, among other things. I never thought I'd think that about my kid.
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|1 week 6 days ago||Be fair here, Texas Fight||
Be fair here, Texas Fight mentions A&M. Both are going to get awkward given that they aren't going to play anymore...
|1 week 6 days ago||You haven't been to the Rose||
You haven't been to the Rose Bowl, have you? They play it every damn play--touchdown, QB sack, the other team picks off USC's quarterback...
|1 week 6 days ago||I like Texas Fight and The||
I like Texas Fight and The Eyes of Texas. Boomer Sooner and USC's Fight On are catchy the first dozen times each game, but they play it after every damn play.
In the opposite vein, OSU's is good, but the band doesn't EVER play in the Horseshoe. They didn't play at all at The Game this year.
Edit: I like Rammer Jammer Yellow Hammer. I'm not proud of that.
|2 weeks 1 day ago||If Maryland was for it, then||
If Maryland was for it, then it's a terrible idea and will probably result in a Fascist takeover.
|2 weeks 2 days ago||Only six Big 10 games. That's||
Only six Big 10 games. That's absurd.
|2 weeks 2 days ago||Think of it as a paid for||
Think of it as a paid for flight to the regional airport nearest to the University of Oregon.
|2 weeks 2 days ago||Frankly, I don't know if the||
Frankly, I don't know if the DC cable providers have agreed to put BTN on their basic tier or not. If they and the Northern Virginia providers have, then the UVA argument gets much weaker. Maybe it's the snob in me, but UVA has cachet that Maryland and Rutgers will never have, regardless of how many TV sets they bring in.
For what it's worth, I don't want any other schools in the Big 10. I would like 10 schools and a nine game league schedule. We can dump Penn State and its scandal-ridden carcass to the wolves for all I care. Nebraska is a great addition, but I don't have any passion for them and would rather play Iowa every year.
|2 weeks 2 days ago||That wasn't an issue with||
That wasn't an issue with Rutgers or Maryland.
Seriously though, if the goal is a more powerful "brand" and a bigger payout per school from the BTN, then the conference won't add two schools from the same state and osw schools will all be state flagship public schools unless Stanford feels a need to leave the PAC 12. Duke adds great basketball today, but that's really it relative to Virginia. It adds no significant fan base and has, in my view, identical academic prestige to Virginia.
|2 weeks 2 days ago||I don't really think Duke is||
I don't really think Duke is an attractive addition next to Virginia. Duke adds great basketball, but that's really it. Besides, with how basketball works today, the next coach may have real problems doing what Coach K has done there.
On the other hand, Virginia presumably adds the TV sets for one of the most populous states to the BTN and has just as strong an academic reputation. Along with UNC, it's one of two schools I think are worth inviting to the Big 10. Everyone else is too far (UCLA, Cal), too toolish (Texas), or too SEC. Besides, all of those conferences are far too strong to raid even if the Big 10 wanted to do so.
|2 weeks 2 days ago||If the SEC gets frisky, UNC||
If the SEC gets frisky, UNC and Virginia may become free agents pretty quickly. I can't really see either school ending up in the SEC, but I can see FSU getting pulled in with some other school outside the conference's footprint as a play for strength and TV sets at the same time. That could set off a wave of new expansion. If the endgame is 4 conferences, then the ACC and Big 12 are going to be the last one in. I'd bet on the Big 12 right now, which may leave UNC and Virginia on the outside searching for a home. If that happened, the rivalry with Duke and the other historic relationships would become unimportant pretty quickly.
|2 weeks 2 days ago||What decisions in the Big 10||
What decisions in the Big 10 are separate right now? Sure, the decisions about bowl lineups can be separated, but most of the decisions span multiple sports and affect everyone to some extent. The BTN is a joint venture that will host lacrosse, so should Hopkins have a say there? What about the logo or additional members or voting to kick Maryland and Rutgers out for being awful? Should they have a say in that decision? It certainly would affect them.
The larger point is the Big 10 is a single entity and I don't think it can easily be parsed into lacrosse only or football only. The only way it works is if Hopkins shows up to lacrosse games when and where the conference tells them to, subject to minimal restrictions.
|2 weeks 2 days ago||I prefer MSU not make bowl||
I prefer MSU not make bowl games. I'm a bigger fan of them losing to Central.
|2 weeks 2 days ago||Not a fan of partial members||
Not a fan of partial members for the Big 10. If its in name only, there's no revenue sharing, and they join the CIC, then I'm okay with it, but I still think partial memberships are a bad road to head down. It dilutes the Big 10's identity while adding another voice to a crowded field of decision makers.
|2 weeks 2 days ago||I really think he worded it||
I really think he worded it poorly. Hand is obviously an outstanding prospect and given that OSU just hosted him, their staff probably agrees. It would take an absurd level of stupidity to think a staff was actively recruiting a player they didn't actually want on their team.
|2 weeks 2 days ago||I read the Eleven Warriors||
I read the Eleven Warriors comment as Hand doesn't think he's a good fit for the Buckeyes, so he isn't serious about potentially going to school there. Isn't that exactly why a player wouldn't want to go play for a certain program?
I know I walked away from a great job offer at a great firm because it wasn't the right fit for me culturally. I took a job at a place a little bit less popular with my classmates, but that was a better fit for me.
|2 weeks 3 days ago||I'd rather have Johns Hopkins||
I'd rather have Johns Hopkins play football in the Big 10 than Rutgers.
|2 weeks 4 days ago||When we lock a thread, the||
When we lock a thread, the site hides the comments. We can't do anything about it--otherwise I'd generally be inclined to agree with you.
|2 weeks 4 days ago||I don't moderate often, but||
I don't moderate often, but bombing a thread questioning the intelligence of a former player who happens to be plugging a charity is worth the effort.
By the way, don't call the kettle black WHEN you randomly type in ALL capital letters. The first rule of being a grammar Nazi is to have perfect grammar.
|2 weeks 4 days ago||The lack of an on-campus||
The lack of an on-campus stadium is a symptom of a school that isn't committed to high-level football. Miami has the same problem. They should be really good, but they just aren't doing the things they need to do to succeed.
Besides, they haven't been consistently good since Dan Marino left in 1982, and I'll bet half of today's recruits have never heard of him.
|3 weeks 1 day ago||The concern goes back to||
The concern goes back to cable debundling and the disasterous effect it will have on the BTN and (less so) on ESPN. The BTN is only profitable because they strongarm cable companies into paying subscriber fees for everyone who buys cable, regardless of whether or not they watch the channel. Cable debundling will happen and revenue will plummet, the question is when.
Every university knows the athletics model is broken. Non revenue sports get facilities, uniforms, and budgets that aren't sustainable without other peoples' money. I'm okay with Michigan for now, because the students don't pay for it. Eastern Michigan, on the other hand, pays for athletics entirely with student fees and government money. Trust me, I've looked at their annual report, it's the only way they can be financing athletics.
The only way to stop the spiral is for something really bad to happen. I think it takes the form of a huge scandal where taxpayers are left holding the bag for some obscene football complex at a small-time school that got shut out in the expansion game. The fallout might bring things back into line and create more regional games for the non-revenue sports. Until then, schools will keep building.
|3 weeks 1 day ago||In general, Michigan isn't||
In general, Michigan isn't having a problem right now. We sell 110,000 tickets 7-8 times per year and bring in much through TV. However, that only applies to about 20 or so programs in the country.
The big issue is that the athletics arms race applies not only to revenue sports, but also to the non-revenue sports. While big donors do help, most of the facilities are debt financed using the university's credit rating, which makes the debt remarkably cheap. My concern is that if the TV money runs out, states are going to be on the hook for multi-million dollar facilities used by only 20-50 students, depending on the team. That's not acceptable to me.
|3 weeks 1 day ago||If you're not a huge fan, the||
If you're not a huge fan, the bad games probably get pretty painful. Just sitting through all the TV timeouts in the hot sun while you're hung over isn't a lot of fun.
The difference between alumni and students is that the alumni who buy tickets are typically big fans. The students are a mix of real fans and people who buy tickets because they "should" or because it's a social thing.
Additionally, students often have things pulling them from campus on the weekends, like family events. Heck, I missed half the games last season because I was on recruiting trips. Things just fell on really, really bad days for my Michigan addiction--I was in a hotel following the MSU game on ESPN.com's Game Cast because I couldn't get whatever station is was on in the hotel.
|3 weeks 1 day ago||I wonder how often that||
I wonder how often that actually happens.