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06/14/2018 - 6:56am Go Maples!  My daughter…

Go Maples!  My daughter starts there this fall. Just finished up at Derby this week. 

06/13/2018 - 1:44pm I read your post and thought…

I read your post and thought maybe I had forgotten that I wrote it!  Same deal here.  PoliSci.  But then actually went to and completed law school...and now almost 25 years in to a career in marketing/advertising.

06/06/2018 - 5:09pm 1989 UM GRAD is happy to…

1989 UM GRAD is happy to have you take my money. 

05/25/2018 - 11:02am Keep in mind...

...that the wealthiest individual in Michigan is a State grad and very much a self-made billionnaire.  

05/20/2018 - 11:01pm Getting away with it...

You only think that you are. Everyone can tell that you dye your hair. Believe me.

05/14/2018 - 12:51pm Congrats to your son!

With those credentials, his dream will surely become a reality!

05/14/2018 - 12:49pm GPA and ACT Scores Don't Always Equate

I've heard many parents complaining about how their 4.0 student "doesn't test well" and thus doesn't have the ACT or SAT to gain admission to an elite school.

Many kids who don't have "elite" intelligence can get a 4.0 as a result of hard work or the grade inflation you cite.

There are also many kids who, for a variety of reasons, don't have a 4.0...but whatever challenges/obstacles they have don't prevent them from scoring very well on the ACT or SAT.

My son is an example of the latter situation.  He really struggled in our public middle school;  we live in a very highly-rated school district.  When he took the admissions test for the private school he attends, he scored at a tenth grade level on every subject.  The school's administrators told us that they had never seen a kid with such a disparity between grades and admissions test results.

His grades have improved dramatically in high school, but he scored far higher on the ACT than what you would expect from someone with his GPA.

05/14/2018 - 10:00am Gender Ratio

Not doubting you at all, but are you exaggerating even slightly?  Is the imbalance in "resume" really that pronounced between male and female candidates?

We are concentrating our search on schools that are ranked roughly between 15th and 40th.  The schools at the higher end would be reach schools...and schools at the bottom (like Boston University) would be more in the safety category.

Is this imbalance of applicant qualifications also occurring at smaller schools like Tufts, Northwestern, etc?  We are looking at smaller we are concerned that a place like Michigan might not be the right fit for our son.

Thanks for any info you can provide.

05/14/2018 - 9:40am Appreciate the suggestion, although...

...the "resume" example I gave wasn't of my son.  Was trying to make the point that a strong but not elite student (who wants to live away from home and get a traditional big-school experience) from a middle class family might view MSU as their best option.

My son is signed up for LTU's summer high school program.  Thought it would be a great way for him to explore engineering, as he doesn't know what he wants to study in college.

Good luck to your son at LTU!


05/14/2018 - 7:20am There could be many reasons...

Yes, one reason could be that they made a strategic decision to take more kids in case the bad publicity takes its toll on future application levels.

Could also be because Michigan received record applications and rejected more kids than usual.  (Don't know if this is the case, but it's possible.)

Grand Valley has been gaining momentum within the state, so maybe this is MSU's way of fending them off?

Is there a population bulge among high school aged kids right now?

Did they take smaller classes the past few years?


05/14/2018 - 6:58am Agree completely and would add...

While of course not defending any of the actions that have taken place at MSU, do we really think people are going to stop attending what is, in reality, a fine (while not elite) college?

What do you expect an in-state student with, let's say, a 3.5 GPA and a 28 ACT to do?  This is a strong student with a very good "resume"...but who is most likely not going to get in to MIchigan.  Let's say they come from a middle-class family - one who can't afford the cost of an out of state school - and prefer to stay somewhat close to home.  What are the other realistic options?  Go to an inferior school?  Bite the bullet and incur loans/costs?  

I'm guessing most of you who are making these comments don't have high school aged kids.  

My son is just finishing up 11th grade.  He is more than a 50/50 chance of getting in to Michigan...but is by no means a "slam dunk."  So, we may be faced with deciding on a "plan B" option.   We are fortunate that we can afford to send him anywhere, but is it really worth it to spend double or triple on a school like Indiana or Boston University or even, heaven forbid, Ohio State...when he could go to Michigan State and get a fine education and, after earning great grades and exam scores, be admitted to almost any graduate school?

So, what would all of you suggest to the parents of kids who don't get in to Michigan and can't or don't want to spend the extra money to send their kid out of state?  Especially given the increased amount of research showing that the costs of college are spiraling and that where you attend undergrad isn't as important as your graduate school or how you perform in your first few jobs.

05/12/2018 - 6:08pm Really?

For real?

05/12/2018 - 1:36pm So sorry.

My mother passed away at 86 over a year ago. First Mother’s Day was unsettling. Hope you get thru the day ok.

05/10/2018 - 11:15am +1

You win the internet for today.

05/07/2018 - 10:20am Downvoted?

I know we're not supposed to talk about downvotes and points, but who would downvote this comment?

One of the few times I've LOL'd at an internet comment.  

Good for you, Wichitan.  Good for you.

05/02/2018 - 3:05pm Yes to the seaplane

This is my second year going but the rest of the group has been ten times or so. The scenery and setting are truly beautiful and mostly unspoiled. Did a freshwater fishing day trip the last time I went...and the guide told us there wasn’t anyone else for miles around. Was so quiet it was actually a little eerie.

05/02/2018 - 2:41pm Alaska!

Going to Alaska with dad, brothers and nephews in July. Staying at a place called Whaler’s Cove Lodge on Killisnoo Island. Incredible remote spot.

04/30/2018 - 12:51pm I think you missed my point

Wasn't really commenting on where Shea would be drafted.

Was more trying to make the point that adding a first-round caliber QB to the team could make for an exciting season overall for the team.

In other words, we could be playing well in to 2019...when you add a first-round caliber QB to a top-five defense, plenty of returning skill players on offense, and a hopefully improved offensive line.

04/30/2018 - 12:31pm Shea

If he plays well enough to be a first-round pick, this is going to be quite an exciting season.

04/26/2018 - 2:51pm Hail!

To the MGoSponsors!

04/18/2018 - 9:07am Same here with SeatGuru

I'm obsessed. Never book a flight anymore without looking at seatguru. Living in SE MI, we are also captive/loyal to Delta.

04/18/2018 - 8:48am Calipari

Given the ranking of his recruits over the ten-year window, one could argue that his teams have underperformed. Even with the tournament performance you cite.

04/17/2018 - 8:41pm English?

Do you speak it?

04/13/2018 - 5:16pm Ugh!

Thanks for posting this.  Was out of the country for two weeks recently...and have been jammed up this would've missed the deadline without this post.

The subs are on me!

04/13/2018 - 2:06pm WD?

Shouldn’t posts like this be left to WD?

04/11/2018 - 3:08pm How dare you!

You have some nerve using logic, facts and nuance.  

Please resume only posting hot takes.

04/08/2018 - 7:38pm Interesting

He always seemed like more of a House Music guy to me.

04/01/2018 - 4:37am Yes!

But I'm still amazed that we all somehow knew to go to that corner.

03/30/2018 - 7:12pm Chag Sameach

From Shangri-La, China!

03/24/2018 - 2:34pm 15091999

Hope that works.  Thanks!  I'm in the air on the way to China!

03/23/2018 - 12:24pm It was meant to be tongue-in-cheek

Sorry if the humor didn't come through.

Every time someone posts about watching the game from somewhere even remotely exotic, they get a lot of snarky comments.  So, thought I'd just lean in to it.

Guess I failed to convey it in a way to indicate I wasn't really thinking that I was humblebragging.

03/23/2018 - 8:23am VPN

OK, can this old guy ask for further assistance?  I would normally ask my 16-year old son, but he sometimes knows less than he thinks he knows.

How do I set up a VPN?  What's the best way to go about this?


03/23/2018 - 7:54am Does it get live TV programming?

If so, can you help out a fellow MGoBlogger and let me use one of your flight allowances?

03/21/2018 - 8:28am Yes

Like sending his daughter to college.

03/20/2018 - 8:04pm My 14 Year Old Daughter is...

...demanding we drive up to Ann Arbor. She recently finished binge-watching the entire series of The Office and loved it.

03/16/2018 - 12:53pm A 15 year old 8th grader?

How many times was this kid held back?

03/14/2018 - 1:38pm Close to mine...

But, given today's style of play, I'd replace Hubbard with Burke.

03/10/2018 - 12:17pm No footage necessary

That game is still imprinted on my brain. A true 40 minutes of chaos. They were also playing with a high amount of emotion due to the passing of Hank Gathers.

03/09/2018 - 6:37am Same here!

Class of '89! Woo!

03/08/2018 - 6:59pm Blue Lot Here

I think we are paying about $10 per game. 

We park at the NAPA on Hoover for football.  They used to let us park for free for hoops.  Once the team starting playing better, they starting charging $10 a game.  We found out that the Blue Lot was the same decided it made more sense to be closer to the arena. 

We typically park near the exit so that we can get out relatively quickly.

03/08/2018 - 9:42am MSU at a 4 Seed

In his defense, he does also have MSU as a 4 Seed.

I don't feel like spending any time at his site, but I'm guessing most of the seed projections are based on some sort of analytics or formula...which likely take the personal element out of it.

Then again, I could be wrong.

02/24/2018 - 8:59am Same here...

My son is in 11th grade, so we are on the college tour circuit. He has a great shot of getting in to Michigan, but, if he doesn’t, he will most likely go out of state.

02/17/2018 - 1:05pm Wow.

That's quite a first post.  

Welcome to the blog!

02/08/2018 - 5:07pm Just got the call from my son's high school...

Already announcing that it is closed for tomorrow.  We live in Birmingham.  School is in West Bloomfield.

Tomorrow is my daughter's 14th she's hoping Birmingham schools will make the same announcement!

02/04/2018 - 1:06pm Nice post and sentiments

Herb works at my section (110). It’s a pleasure to see him at each game!

02/04/2018 - 7:44am Thanks for this!

Every team has clunkers along the way. Note how many top 25 teams lost yesterday...and mostly to mediocre teams. Not to mention that Purdue and MSU barely escaped against two of the worst teams in the B1G. Survive and advance.

01/31/2018 - 1:28pm Born this way

Both parents are grads. Applied to one school - Michigan.

01/31/2018 - 9:38am Or...

...maybe it's because they got their best player back from an injury that kept him out of most of last season.

This is significant in a sport where one superstar can make the difference between a mediocre/bad team and a good/great team.  

01/30/2018 - 5:53pm Thank You

I hear this from many people on pretty much a daily basis.

01/30/2018 - 4:06pm Which corner?

I’m in section 110. Right above the tunnel.