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06/13/2018 - 9:17pm From what I've seen, kids…

From what I've seen, kids know that unless they're in the very top of their class, it's not worth the time or $75 fee to even try. Four years of all A's, hard classes, documented leadership and volunteering, and at least a 90-percentile SAT score. And half of them are still rejected!

06/13/2018 - 1:47pm sorry, it's 15* credits

sorry, it's 15* credits

06/13/2018 - 1:46pm Ross minor* in business. It…

Ross minor* in business. It's 12 credits, I think, and you apply as a rising junior.

06/13/2018 - 1:00pm I hear ya - but my wife and…

I hear ya - but my wife and I donate to the University solely to give in-state students like this a shot.

06/06/2018 - 12:58pm The article states "pass…

The article states "pass rates for in-person sections of the class were similar."

Read between the lines. Admissions standards were just lowered to admit their largest class ever, now they're lowering degree requirements to keep bottom quartile students enrolled and inflate graduation rates. Next announcement will be a big % increase in cost of attendance. Cash-strapped diploma mill.

06/06/2018 - 11:53am That LSA required pre-calc…

That LSA required pre-calc course is three years more advanced than the required algebra course State just got rid of.

06/01/2018 - 4:22pm "Fiats" sell a lot better

"Fiats" sell a lot better when they're repackaged as Jeeps, see: Jeep Compass

06/01/2018 - 2:16pm What about Alfa Romeo?

What about Alfa Romeo?

06/01/2018 - 12:00am I have zero problem with

I have zero problem with athletic kids tranferring into stronger schools – whether for better coaching, facilities, competition, academics, or visibility. God Bless him for giving these kids access to a decent education.

05/30/2018 - 7:12pm Sorry, but Pulte Homes (NYSE:

Sorry, but Pulte Homes (NYSE: PHM) moving their headquarters to Atlanta a few years ago hurt the area far more than any improvement from tearing down dilapidated homes in one Detroit neighborhood. And from what I recall, it wasn't altruism, it was merely an effort to win a piece of the nine figures in demolition funds.

05/30/2018 - 3:15pm I was following facebook

I was following facebook comments about these weekend shootings and folks listening to Detroit police scanner traffic said DPD was admitting over the air they were shortstaffed. It's really sad when city leadership shortchanges public safety. Ann Arbor does it too — they just blew a recent $2M public safety millage on "affordable housing and climate change."

05/26/2018 - 3:32pm I'm bumping this because Old

I'm bumping this because Old Nation's Boss Tweed really is really fantastic (with a 9.3% ABV!). Still working my through many of the other suggestions, but Boss Tweed is a clear standout thus far.

05/18/2018 - 10:42am +1. Seems like official maize

+1. Seems like official maize and blue running shorts (with a subtle M) would sell well.

05/16/2018 - 12:04pm Just an fyi, every car has a

Just an fyi, every car has a screen now because of federally mandated rear backup camera.

I agree though, I too miss simple and elegant interiors.

05/14/2018 - 1:21pm An in-state student with the

An in-state student with the stats to apply to Ann Arbor but doesn't get in is going to haul in bigtime merit scholarships from every college you named, plus out-of-state options. Indiana and Alabama are especially generous. Alabama offers a full-ride to out-of-state students who score over a 30 on the ACT.

05/14/2018 - 12:39pm "What do you expect an
"What do you expect an in-state student with, let's say, a 3.5 GPA and a 28 ACT to do?"
Kids with a 28 on the ACT are going to have higher than a 3.5 GPA. Due to grade inflation, 50% of all high school seniors have all A's.
MSU cost is attendance is 28K. From what I see at my kid's school, students that can't get into Ann Arbor chase merit scholarships. MSU is stingy, so they look at IU-Bloomington, Grand Valley State, Oakland, Tech and privates like Kettering, Loyola-Chicago, Hope. Between high cost, culture and scandal, many smart families seem to be avoiding MSU.
05/13/2018 - 10:50pm Tried it. So-so.

Tried it. So-so, quite pithy. Squeeze of fresh grapefruit lightens it up.

05/12/2018 - 8:00pm Had one of those last

Had one of those last weekend. Not bad, but struggled to find a quality that made it distinct. Then again, I only had one.

05/12/2018 - 7:40pm Not mandatory it's Michigan

Not mandatory Michigan made, just prefer. Thanks!

05/09/2018 - 7:05pm Porsche 911 Turbo (993).

Mid 90s Porsche 911 Turbo (993). Still so flawless.

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05/04/2018 - 10:29pm In addition to the

In addition to the handholding, is it wrong to think the lack of party culture at UofC is a really good thing for teen boys, who tend to be more susceptible to overindulge? It would seem that atmosphere would force boys to buckle down, or maybe it could backfire. I'd hate to nudge him away from the joy of football Saturdays and all the unique Ann Arbor experiences, but he could always take the Amtrak to visit UofM friends a few times a year, right?

05/04/2018 - 6:55pm Chicago's acceptance rate is

Chicago's acceptance rate is 7.2% this year. For comparison, Yale is 6.3% and Penn is 8.4%. I'm not sure many kids are juggling more than one hyper-selective offer, nor can they pick and choose where exactly they want to attend. I think most go about app process with a spray and pray gameplan.

05/04/2018 - 5:28pm It has changed. BBA since

It has changed. BBA since class of 2021 is over 90% pre-admit.

04/26/2018 - 5:58pm So when they inevitably do

So when they inevitably do bring back [more] sedans, they'll be imported from China instead of assembled in a Midwest USA factory? I think that's the real key takeaway here.

04/20/2018 - 4:16pm So it's not transferring in

So it's not transferring in online courses from some web-based institution? I thought I've for sure read that various times - not at UM, I think most recently it was in reference to a basketball player.

04/20/2018 - 3:58pm But spring and summer

But spring and summer schedules are abbreviated, making it very difficult to load up on credit hours.

03/30/2018 - 4:54pm "But alumni quantity and

"But alumni quantity and scarcity/prestige is unfortunately a trade off, so Wharton or Sloan or Stanford etc certainly turn more heads than Michigan once you're in the work force"

Can you elab on this a bit more - you have personal experience in this regard? Makes me wonder why Ross has grown the BBA program in recenty years. I think it's 20% larger?

03/29/2018 - 5:35pm Thanks. Is there really an

Thanks. Is there really an exclusive Ross-only fitness center in the new Ross building - are there other perks only open to Ross students? How do other students treat BBA students? It seems the BBA program has grown, is it still seen as really special?

03/29/2018 - 4:10pm Not bragging in the

Not bragging in the slightest. I really don't know anything about Ross or the finance-consulting-tech landscape in coastal major cities.

Are you saying it's really uncommon for in-state students to get pre-admitted into Ross?

03/29/2018 - 4:07pm Sorry, I edited that out. It

Sorry, I edited that out. It was tongue in cheek as he hasn't given much thought to career goals. But at this point he would like to live in a major city and make good money after college. Not sure that's much help – I assume that's pretty generic for teens his age.

03/18/2018 - 10:16pm I'm pretty sure Gores offered

Gores offered him Pistons head coaching job when he first bought the team 4-5 years ago.

03/18/2018 - 9:41pm Would it be crazy to think

Would it be crazy to think this is the off season Izzo finally leaves for the NBA? Van Gundy's tenure in Detroit appears over. Owner of the Pistons, Tom Gores is an MSU alum.

03/03/2018 - 8:09pm Re: "pendulum has swung too

Re: "pendulum has swung too far"

Google's YouTube recruiters were allegedly instructed to cancel interviews with male applicants:

03/02/2018 - 4:16pm Google's YouTube recruiters

Google's YouTube recruiters were allegedly instructed to cancel interviews with male applicants:

02/28/2018 - 7:38pm I was listening to a PhD

I was listening to a PhD being interviewed about gender as it relates to engineering. According to her, boys have an inclination towards math (see SAT) and engineering degrees are a serious grind, often a lot of solo work, which boys don't really have an aversion to. Girls are social animals, lower inclination to math, it's not ideal.

Also interesting, she said girls from wealthy nations don't see the need to bother with the grind of an engineering concentration – they can be successful without. As in, it's not as if their lifestyle prospects depend on grinding out a degree from the engineering department. She argued it's not bias, girls know full well engineering degrees offer the highest starting salaries, they're making measured decisions in choosing not to pursue them.

02/27/2018 - 11:29pm For the record, while boys

For the record, while boys lag in honors courses, GPA, etc. they are still performing better on the math section of the SAT – for 45 years running.

Engineering is considered the hardest major at most colleges, requiring a sturdy math foundation.

02/27/2018 - 8:27pm What I think I teased out is

What I think I teased out is you believe young men are rattled they have to [now] compete with female peers in school and for career advancement? But how would gen Y and Z boys know any different? It's not like young boys recall how it was in the good ole days (decades before they were born) when unlettered men could coast into an $80,000 factory gig or into mid-level management after loafing through college with gentleman C's.

Unless you mean gen Y and Z's parents haven't adapted to the new landscape, i.e. failing to hold their sons to a higher, modern, academic-focused and more competitive standard? If that's your point, I agree 100%. And the issue is if you don't have lofty standards for boys very early, it's really, really tough to make up that lost ground. The defined advanced tracks begin in late elementary school – and wedded to those tracks are the foundation of their academic confidence and influential peer groups.

02/27/2018 - 4:03pm Congrats on your son's

Congrats on your son's accomplishments. From all I'm reading, there are boys near the top, obviously – they're confident, high self-esteem, far less to susceptible to retrograde pressures and influences. Boys not in the top, say in the 45-85 percentile range, are especially vulnerable, more likely to give into peer pressure, say screw it, why bother trying (this is also a face-saving defense mechanism to shield from looking like a "loser"). In other words, clever boys who have the capacity to be successful are losing focus, being dragged down, slacking and underachieving en masse. Hell of a lot of young men are checking out and not being conditioned for this labor market. Parents can't be passive and cling to the "boys will be boys" late bloomer cliché – at a certain point teens are baked in the cake, forever behind.

02/27/2018 - 1:58pm Games and tech are far more

Games and tech are far more addictive than they were even five years ago. All these companies employ PhDs to research how to make them more and more addictive. This crap is toxic and permanently screwing up youth, especially boys, in ways we can't even comprehend.

02/27/2018 - 12:50pm CK is the top boarding school

CK is the top boarding school in the Midwest, ranked 10-20 range in the nation.

02/26/2018 - 7:26pm Great point about school be
Great point about school be harder, and more to the point, degrees, specifically more marketable STEM degrees, leading to the highest paying modern professions, are really demanding. I wonder if parents haven't elevated expectations high enough for boys and many parents could be misled by inflated high school grades?
Grade inflation: 50% of all high school seniors have an A average GPA. A's are 3 times more common than they were in the 1960s. Maybe parents see A's and B's and think their boy is doing really well – but he's not in the toughest track (AP vs honors vs normal track), maybe he’s not at grade level on his standardized tests, then bombs the SAT, bombs or skips AP exams in May – things that tease out the boy may not be as prepared and disciplined as an inflated GPA suggests.
02/26/2018 - 6:01pm UM-Ann Arbor cost of

UM-Ann Arbor's in-state cost of attendance is now $30,000 per year. Other public U's aren't much cheaper. I think most parents outside of the obscenely wealthy care if their sons take an extra year or two to finish.

02/26/2018 - 6:01pm I agree. But "dominating"

I agree. But "dominating" isn't synonymous with "breaking through" or parity. 107 million American adults are out of the workforce – vast majority are prime working age men. I have two sons and two daughters – I want all to be successful and I'd prefer it if my daughters also had eligible, lettered, and gainfully employed men to court them. The data moving forward doesn't favor that to be the case.

02/26/2018 - 5:22pm Cranbrook-Kingswood in

Cranbrook-Kingswood in Bloomfield Hills?

02/26/2018 - 5:10pm Such an insightful and smart

Such an insightful and smart comment. To get into all the AP courses, most high schools require that earlier honors track foundation.

02/20/2018 - 6:16pm I personally know several

I personally know several recruits for various sports holding Ivy League, Notre Dame, Northwestern and Stanford offers. I can confidently say the alleged sky-high academic recruiting standards at these colleges are a farce.

12/28/2017 - 4:37pm I called a few places for

I called a few places for Weller 12 year and was basically laughed at. Is it that difficult to find in Metro Detroit?