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06/13/2018 - 1:22pm I work in the recruiting…

I work in the recruiting industry and it matters a lot more than most anyone would really want to admit, but that bias stops at the interview room door.  It won't get you the job, but it will help you get in the room.

06/13/2018 - 1:19pm This one is curious to me,…

This one is curious to me, given the whole point of LSA.  The whole process of a liberal arts education is about the journey, not the end result.  Heck, they tout that right on the LSA webpage: "In LSA, answers aren't always the end goal." It's about the process and what your family member is experiencing is completely normal.  The problem, though, for the student with uncertainty is that they are surrounded by students who vocalize that they know exactly what they are going to do (hint: they don't, it's mostly projection) and it becomes an echo chamber (because the students who don't know what they want to do don't vocalize that) that has incredibly deleterious psychological consequences, that are particularly pronounced among first generation students.  Often times I find that one of the most impactful messages to convey in situations like this is just "it's ok. It's ok that you don't know what you want to do yet.  Go and explore."  It's important to not get boxed in when you don't know what to do, thus LSA touts (which is true): "In LSA, you don't just train for a vocation" and "the power of a liberal arts education is that it's infinitely adaptable".

06/13/2018 - 1:00pm " But my point wasnt about…

" But my point wasnt about future degrees.  It was that your current degree should be in something that you want to pursue, unless you just want a generic degree to get an interview because it says Michigan on it. And that a generic degree is fine if you dont actually care what your future career will be in.  But if you want a career in the hard sciences, then you will need a degree in the hard sciences."

That's such a professional school mentality (which makes sense, given engineering degree - truly, no offense intended by that, but rather engineering programs are structured morel like professional programs) that totally discounts the value of a liberal arts education, which is what LSA aims to provide (if you haven't seen it recently, the home page for LSA states it this way: "an unrivaled liberal arts education").  The whole point there is that you can study a multitude of different things and then go on to do a multitude of different things with that degree, irrespective of major.  It really, and truly, is just not true (not universally or specifically) that you can't do X, Y, or Z without a degree in X, Y, or Z.

06/13/2018 - 12:54pm " You can't be a biologist…

" You can't be a biologist if you dont have a degree in biology."

Degree, yes.  Bachelor level degree, not true.

05/29/2018 - 11:19am That isn’t what your original

That isn’t what your original objection to the validity of the information was, though...

05/03/2018 - 1:33pm You do realize that he has

You do realize that he has had several fights in his NHL career, right?

05/01/2018 - 6:39pm “We have made our choice as a

“We have made our choice as a family after looking at all the avaiable data”

Data which, if you are being objective, is completely incomplete and totally self-referencing.

05/01/2018 - 1:50pm "CNN. Is not credible

"CNN. Is not credible anymore."

One can think this, without meaning what you leapt to with this response:

"Yes, this article is part of a global and/or Deep State conspiracy to skew reporting on brain research that will eventually prove Trump collusion with Russia. You got them."

05/01/2018 - 1:48pm There isn't.  That's why this

There isn't.  That's why this is, at this point, something that is meaningless from which to draw conclusions (like many are).

04/30/2018 - 10:52pm How so few people recognize

How so few people recognize that these samples are completely self-referencing is beyond me. Until there is a study that shows that CTE is more likely in a sample of those who played versus those who didn’t, and/or to evaluate whether this a genetic predisposition, this is all pretty meaningless.

04/30/2018 - 10:40pm But it’s ok to (pay money to)

But it’s ok to (pay money to) watch someone else’s kid play football?

04/30/2018 - 4:38pm Actually, yes.  That is

Actually, yes.  That is correct.  I have zero issue with him doing it.  They didn't have to show it, though (there is plenty that goes on in an arena in terms of in arena entertainment that doesn't get shown on TV).

04/30/2018 - 2:24pm I think this whole thing with

I think this whole thing with the catfish is hilarious, but shame on NBC for showing that display on live TV with a ton of children watching.  Yep, glorify guzzling beer out of a catfish (or just drinking like that, period) to an audience with children in it.  Way to go, NBC.

04/20/2018 - 6:03pm Academic support staff.

Academic support staff.

04/20/2018 - 3:44pm Part summer classes and part

Part summer classes and part high school "dual enrollment" credits that they can transfer in.  It is not uncommon, at all, for kids to finish high school with an associate level degree and then finish their bachelors in just two years.

04/16/2018 - 2:09am That’s not what happened. It

That’s not what happened. It wasn’t it getting on you, but rather in an open wound.

04/16/2018 - 2:04am Ugh. No thanks. There isn’t

Ugh. No thanks. There isn’t one player in the NHL I’d less like to see win a Cup than Ovechkin.

04/13/2018 - 11:51am You're never going to be able

You're never going to be able to convince a Red Wings fan.

04/08/2018 - 6:37pm That’s what he said. He said

That’s what he said. He said he could care less, not could not care less.

04/07/2018 - 11:22pm Only if they can also bring

Only if they can also bring Jeff Vinik’s wallet along, too...

04/07/2018 - 10:58pm “But he doesn’t know how to

“But he doesn’t know how to effectively manage a salary cap.”

The most obvious thing ever said on the internet and anyone who negged that is a total ostrich. The cap management is a complete and total abomination.

04/07/2018 - 6:52pm What a joke.

What a joke.

04/06/2018 - 9:28pm Oh, I’m sure it would have,

Oh, I’m sure it would have, but I bet he would have really lost it if you had congratulated him, though!

04/06/2018 - 7:36am That’s fair (and also a

That’s fair (and also a mental mistake, albeit a very understandable one). As a goalie, I’ve often found that the hardest shot to stop is when the shot just simply goes where it (predictively) shouldn’t. Of course goaltending is read and react, but it’s also predict and react, and when a player duffs a shot (for example), that can be really difficult to adjust to. I do think you’re right in that he was just caught in between on that play. That’s more or less what I was saying, as well, just for a different reason. If that play goes either other way (no pass and just a shot from the guy coming down the wing or no interaction by Hughes and a great shot) I think he would have been just fine. You make a really good point.

04/06/2018 - 7:21am Yeah, really amazing when you

Yeah, really amazing when you think about it. Now THAT is the impact of an amazing coach.

Also... “shad” in my above post should have been “what”...

04/06/2018 - 2:14am You know who people shouldn’t

You know who people shouldn’t be crapping on in this thread? The goaltender. Having had the experience of giving up a goal like that (with similar time on the clock, but in in a game that in retrospect didn’t really matter in life), I absolutely assure you that he will remember that moment for the rest of his life. That’s far worse than what any fans in a “venting” thread can ever do. So perhaps let’s instead support the kid who will be the starting goaltender next year (and who really didn’t make much of a mistake on that play in the combination of mistakes that were made by our team on that play).

04/06/2018 - 2:05am Absolutely amazing job. Just

Absolutely amazing job. Just imagine what could have been but for that freak play in the outdoor game with Lockwood (and shad will be in the future). This is going to be fun, and in a hurry!

04/06/2018 - 2:02am Yep. For sure spot on. As I

Yep. For sure spot on. As I said above, Lavigne’s only mistake on the play was mental in not realize who was on who on that play, and that’s understandable given that the mismatch was off the puck on the carry into the zone.

04/06/2018 - 1:59am Honestly, the only mistake he

Honestly, the only mistake he made on that play was mental: not realizing he had an eighteen year old freshman on twenty one year old, senior team captain. In almost any other scenario there would never even be a shot on goal, but of course many will blame the goaltender solely. It looked like a weak goal, but those are honestly not easy.

04/06/2018 - 1:53am This. Exactly this. If this

This. Exactly this. If this team had lost by three goals tonight this would have been the overwhelming sentiment here. Instead, most will focus on HOW they lost, not WHY they lost.

04/06/2018 - 1:50am Bright side: our season

Bright side: our season lasted longer than Ohio State’s!

04/06/2018 - 1:49am That final goal is why he

That final goal is why he WILL be back. As talented as he is, he’s not strong enough to play defense in the NHL yet and it doesn’t make sense to bury him in the AHL for a year when he would get better strength coaching af Michigan. I would be shocked if he’s not back next year.

04/06/2018 - 1:41am That’s actually not how they

That’s actually not how they coach it anymore.

04/06/2018 - 1:37am Apparently a third round NHL

Apparently a third round NHL draft pick isn’t an elite goalie anymore...

03/31/2018 - 11:16am Apostrophe Appreciation Day

Apostrophe Appreciation Day apparently this is not...

03/27/2018 - 2:11pm Ugh.


03/25/2018 - 2:10am Caught an interview with her

Caught an interview with her before their first game and she said she had one as you said and a second with them winning the championship.

03/23/2018 - 6:56pm Correct, it is, but it

Correct, it is, but it happens a lot with Air Force in the first game.

03/18/2018 - 9:42am Thankfully we won’t have to

Thankfully we won’t have to play St. Cloud in Minnesota.

03/17/2018 - 11:39pm As the one being (obliquely)

As the one being (obliquely) responsed to, I’ll take it. It’s not any one law that is easy to point to (where you can say it’s X statute), but it’s a hodgepodge of different areas of Law and legal principles, ranging widely from tax law to fiduciary laws. A good articulation of it is this: “Law and tax regulations are designed to prevent a nonprofit's money from being pocketed by officials or used in ways wildly inconsistent with donors' interest in the college.” Tack on that restricted funds can only be used as specified, and that pretty much means it only can come from elsewhere (either general operating or insurance coverage, but either way that’s taxpayer supported). Here is a very good article (albeit about a very different type of situation) that talks about how donor money can and can’t be used:…. Basic point: endowment money isn’t a piggy bank for covering a university’s liabilities. As a public institution there is really only one other source: the taxpayer.

03/17/2018 - 12:23am Ease up. It’s a state

Ease up. It’s a state school...

03/17/2018 - 12:18am Of course it isn’t. Never

Of course it isn’t. Never said it was. I was simply saying that, like it or not, the Michigan taxpayer is going to foot ALL of this bill.

03/16/2018 - 9:57pm “If it means pulling money

“If it means pulling money from their endowment to cover the civil suits and results in fewer scholarships - too damn bad.”

That wouldn’t exactly be what you might call legal. At the end of the day, as a state public institution, it is the taxpayer who will be on the hook. There isn’t any way around that.

03/09/2018 - 7:06am “And I suppose if you

“And I suppose if you included Canada, they would have far, far greater youth participation in hockey than all states.”

It’s hard to pin down the youth participation numbers with certainty, but using total participation (an easier stat to obtain) as a proxy, they do but not by as much as most would think. Canada is number one (about 635k), US is number two (about 555k), then the gap is massive down to Czech Republic and Russia (the only other two countries with six figure youth participation).

03/07/2018 - 8:48pm “If you find something you

“If you find something you love to do and can earn a living doing it, awesome, count yourself lucky.”

As someone who has found that, and whose daily mission is to help others do the same, I can tell you that it is far more about things you can control than simple “luck”. The most important elements are, generally, thoughtful introspection and exploration about what you’re good at and makes you happy (this goes to the idea of purpose), a plan to achieve it and then doing those right things, and hard work. The whole goal should be finding work that gives you satisfaction and fulfillment, but unfortunately our society isn’t very good at promoting or accommodating that ability to explore, so people tend to just get on the “conveyor belt” and get “a job” (that they will eventually hate) rather than the right job (which is generally a combination of the right people, the right work, and in the right place geographically). My work is to help people avoid the conveyor belt to begin with or get off of it when they realize they need to. After working with thousands of clients, I can say with a good amount of certainty that it’s really about as simple as that in most cases. Getting off of the conveyor belt is hard (most often because of golden handcuffs) so we, as a society, need to get a lot better at preventing it in the first place by allowing our children and young adults that freedom to explore.

03/07/2018 - 8:22pm This isn’t uniformly an

This isn’t uniformly an accurate statement. It’s arguably fair to say it about jobs where the human element isn’t as high on the scale of importance, but there are a lot of careers where it matters. A lot. And the human element still works well. Which is why most jobs are in fact acquired through the relationships you develop, rather than replying to job postings. I’m specifically speaking of jobs in professions where the ability to form human relationships matter, as opposed to the ability to literally just have the knowledge to do a job..

02/26/2018 - 11:35pm The oldest Gen Zs (mid-90s

The oldest Gen Zs (mid-90s births) are finishing college now, not middle schoolers.

02/22/2018 - 12:56pm I really hope this wasn't

I really hope this wasn't intended to be as snarky as it comes across.  If it was, all I'll ask is what, exactly, is wrong with correcting something?

02/22/2018 - 12:06am "Fact: Since 1998 Canada is

"Fact: Since 1998 Canada is 23-1 vs. the USA in women's hockey in Olympic competition including four straight Gold Medals."

This isn't correct.  The US and Canada haven't played 24 times in the Olympics (heck, both teams haven't played that many more total Olympic games ever, let alone against each other).  I'm pretty sure you meant to say 23-1 overall in Olympic play since 1998 (and that would have been their record going into this Olympic games)?

02/17/2018 - 9:09pm There’s no chance that’s

There’s no chance that’s correct. I’ve played with hundreds (maybe into the low thousands) of players (all over the map of levels) and I’m comfortable virtually none of them would (if given the choice) choose the gold medal OT winner over the Cup game seven OT winner. Heck, watch any group of kids playing street hockey and they are imagining the Cup winner.