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01/11/2019 - 3:29pm It's a RANK, so a…

It's a RANK, so a possibility is that other team's stats are improving, even if ours are not in decline.  

In the first exam of the semester, you do well and many other people bomb.  In the second, the bomb-ers have figured it out and do well and so do you.   Your rank may well fall, just because everyone else caught up.

12/28/2018 - 1:45pm Me too.  

Me too.  

12/28/2018 - 1:45pm On Delta here is often live…

On Delta here is often live TV and I would not be surprised ESPN.  Better bandwidth v paying for WiFi.  Anyone know for sure?

12/24/2018 - 2:31pm Advice from UM faculty who…

Advice from UM faculty who was an alumni interviewer for decades for Harvard

1) Let her wait.  If you feel the need, send in a deposit and be ready to lose it if circumstances arise. Even if she is admitted to Princeton but stays at UM, she will be much more confident in her choice if she doesn’t have to ask “what if?” all her life.

2) Sadly what they told you in admissions is boilerplate - Most deferred candidates are turned down.  For Harvard typically in the A2 area we might get 20 deferrals a year and most years they all go elsewhere.  It is a good sign that she is deferred, and Princeton’s ratios may be extremely different, but it is something short of likely that a deferred candidate is admitted.

3) You never know about financial aid, for many the Ivies are actually cheaper.

In short, I would plan on attending UM but wait until you hear whatever you hear from Princeton, let her attend the admitted students weekend if she is indeed admitted, and use that opportunity to decide which suits her best, based on better fuller information.

Good luck to you!


PS my kid was admitted to UM and a restricted early action (Stanford), and did not decide until spring.  She was not keen to stay home so is now in  California.

12/10/2018 - 7:14pm I live mostly in a2 and part…

I live mostly in a2 and part time in Detroit (Midtown).  On the rental expense front  think you are comparing apples to kumquats.  There is no reason to pay downtown new construction rents in Detroit, and I don’t know what you can get for 1500 in Wrigleyville (a neighborhood I have also lived in). 

Detroit has a long long way to come but the improvements are starting to spread to more diverse neighborhoods, and there is a lot going on.   It bugs me when people come in and spend a half hour driving around and think they know the place.

11/15/2018 - 2:44pm It's worth pointing out that…

It's worth pointing out that this young man is apparently untutored in the way of snow angels.  (Not on your belly, my friend, but on your back please!)  OTOH, you do what you want, buddy, because you WON :)

11/15/2018 - 12:52pm Making snow angels


Making snow angels

Because we stomped the Hoosiers

On the frozen turf.


snow angels small.jpg

11/02/2018 - 11:59am Amsterdam for Penn State? …

Amsterdam for Penn State?  Anyone?

10/28/2018 - 12:54pm Ditto Trevor Noah’s “Born a…

Ditto Trevor Noah’s “Born a Crime.”

if you are into history, and since you have a lot of time, Ron Chernow’s Hamilton or his Grant.

David Benioff’s “City of Thieves,” narrated by Ron Perlman. Thrilling story of two miscreants in WW2 siege of petersberg but still with a touch of wit.

10/11/2018 - 7:36pm My fine nephew Dave


My fine nephew Dave

Is coming up from Dallas

to watch Badgers die.

09/27/2018 - 12:02pm You could take the CTA …

You could take the CTA (subway/elevated trains), but you can also check out the Metra Rail which has a stop very near the stadium on Central.  The CTA will require a change at Howard.  Which is more convenient will depend on where your downtown hotel is.  Both will be crowded going back but nothing like a Big House.  

Parking, on the other hand, would be a nightmare.  The Northwestern stadium is more or less in an old residential neighborhood; the streets are not built for stadium traffic, so I don't advise it.

09/27/2018 - 12:00pm  

When Wolverines Play


When Wolverines Play

Northwestern is a home game

Maize Maize Maize win Maize.

09/21/2018 - 6:22pm In California

I can watch…

In California

I can watch the Cornhuskers

Lose over breakfast

09/21/2018 - 6:18pm Sweet-tempered Huskers

Sweet-tempered Huskers

Suffer without Martinez

Their tempers turn sour 


06/01/2018 - 10:29pm Stevie Wonder

Johnny Cash

Patsy Cline

History may put Rhiannon Giddens on the list eventually

05/10/2018 - 5:37pm Wha?

Honey this is not large demand in 2017 the requests were half what they had been two years previously. It was small supply (fewer non renewals).

05/04/2018 - 11:58pm Nope

Neither Harvard nor Stanford has an undergraduate business major.

05/04/2018 - 11:57pm Just FYI

Chicago does NOT have an undergrad business program. I am a fan of NOT doing an undergrad bus degree although I am currently in Ross faculty.

04/01/2018 - 9:51pm I’m in for Crisler

Seth you really have? I have an mCard but since I have been on faculty twenty years I can no longer pass as a student.


03/28/2018 - 9:09pm You should ASSUME people are reading your stuff on-line

This type of data is entirely commonly collected, it's out there in the public airwaves, so I don't think it counts as spying (which would suggest investigation of things people understood as private).  It IS creepy as hell, but it's not spying, if people let anyone follow them on Twitter and post so that those anyones can see it.  

If you are on twitter, you are doing that too.  

I would point out however, that $500,000 for that kind of reporting is KRAZY.  We have dashboards at Ross that will allow you to do that kind of data capture for yourself, and the entire B!G could have what we have, and it still would not be a half million.  The cost is having someone summarize it in detail, manually, and that is not only creepy as hell but also lazy as hell.  There is nothing special about those data except the price tag.




03/26/2018 - 6:18pm I looked, and I used the search function

So let’s have a look at that. What more could I do?

I am not asking just rhetorically, I mean if eyeball and formal search don’t work, your suggestion, while valid, leads to “never post any news.”

03/25/2018 - 7:55pm Fri is a low HUT night

“Homes using television” - for in home viewing at least, Friday is maybe the weakest night of the week in terms of the audience size. I don’t think that’s changed in a couple of generations. People got places to go on Fridays even in 2018.

03/09/2018 - 11:17pm Hot hand is a documented myth

Although statisticians like to argue about this, it is profoundly true that people (not just sports fans) regularly perceive sequences where only random variance exists:…

03/06/2018 - 5:56pm What?

No it’s not. That was last week dudeZ. Really why are all those people in my classroom when they could be in Cancun.

01/11/2018 - 1:33pm I love this place

It's not even 3 hours, and Ace has almost reached his goal.  Keep it up, everyone!

01/09/2018 - 9:50pm Keep the faith

I hope you can find some of the benefit your dad has found. You are much loved all around the MGoWorld.

11/20/2017 - 11:10pm Would y’all really give up our key rivalries... make this happen? Think we would get on OSU’s schedule Thanksgiving week as an independent?

10/12/2017 - 1:06pm Bloomington native says:

Bars:  Upland Brewing on 11st St,  not far from Stadium.  If you are willing to drive south 15 minutes try the Scenic View - near/overlooking a reservoir, more of a roadhouse ambience.  Newer places include Big Woods and Function Brewing and Trappers.  Trapper is a little further from campus so might be less jammed.

Breakfast:  Try the Uptown on Kirkwood.  Great pancakes and home fries.

Food:  There is a whole block of crazy ethnic places built into old houses on 4th Street west of Kirkwood.  I recommend Little Tibet for the momo dumplings.

09/20/2017 - 1:19pm Only it doesn't always work that way...

As you are not including financial aid in your recommendation.  In a third or more cases, even in-state students at UM pay more than their families would at Harvard, moreover Harvard's aid comes in the form of grants and scholarships rather than loans.


If I had to choose between getting out of UM with some loans and getting out of Harvard without them, I would not pick UM.

09/19/2017 - 5:57pm Ross faculty here

Ross BBA is a very good program but it's pretty different than being an econ major at private liberal-arts type colleges.  We run them through lots of practical exercises and there are fewer opportunities to branch out into side disciplines; you can do econ and sociology, perhaps, at Brown, but not easily at Ross.  On the other hand, by the time you graduate Ross you will be excruciatingly experienced at working in groups, business writing, analysis, interviewing, etc.

Having been in both environments, I always feel that,  if there is not a huge $ difference, you should always go to the best school that will have you.  In many cases that will be Michigan, even if not Ross.  The really hard skills to find in employees these days are people skills and critical thinking skills.  Analytical skills of many sorts risk being replaced by some dude with a fancy algorithm.

Downside risk of Ross:  if he doesn't like it, it is harder to change to something else.  It's a hard culture to break way from.  It is pretty intense and the students, although enthused to be here, do experience a lot of stress.   

Remember that some % of the entering class opts into Ross at the END of freshman year - if your kid isn't sure, he can take a year to explore, make sure he has key Ross pre-reqs (mostly calc and econ), and then make a judgment call.  


EDITED TO ADD:  If you are wondering about the practicality of an Ivy degree, I should just point out that I have a comparative religion undergraduate degree from Harvard, and yet ended up a business professor.  It's sounds like a sure recipe for unemployment but it wasnt.  ALSO, in many cases it is cheaper to go to one of the better-funded Ivies than to UM, since most of them cover full financial need WITHOUT LOANS, so you get out of your undergrad without debt.  I don't know for sure if this is the case at Brown but I suspect so.



09/14/2017 - 8:03pm Why

Would a coach go back to a team just because he liked a particular player? He likes a lot of folks. Luck is six years into a career and he's not super healthy. It would be odd to make a decision just for Luck.

09/03/2017 - 4:15pm Must be why the Big House is so damn empty

It's like an apocalyptic movie in there. Clearly nobody is interested in the sport.

09/01/2017 - 4:23pm But Stanford

Will still compromise its academic standards, in fact the coaches have more pull at Stanford than elsewhere. As I understand it, several hundred early decision spots are reserved for athletes.

09/01/2017 - 4:19pm Puréed.

Then used as lawn fertilizer.

08/31/2017 - 2:14pm Yes and....

If you have not already purchased your own seats, I can highly recommend seats as high as possible in the SW sections, 18-19 and the like.

Rationale: there is a family bathroom up there that is rarely occupied. You can go from "daddy I need diaper" to back in your seat in a single time out or just one-two plays.

The upper concourse is a good dogrun for one parent to chase squirmy toddler around without messing with crowds. Likewise the food vendor lines up there are not too bad.

If you are in row 93 or above you will have shade from the very beginning even if it's a noon game. If it rains and you are that high you will mostly stay dry.

08/04/2017 - 10:34pm When?

I don't see it in my speedyscroll through the responses, but Yosemite park itself books up even a year in advance. If you can't find a place to stay in the park itself try near the South Gate (Tenaya Lodge for example) but expect to pay $$$$. Don't leave SF for Yosemite without a place to stay booked. If you stay out of the park wake up prior to the crack of down to get to the valley floor. It's like Manhattan traffic down there sometimes

07/08/2017 - 10:12am Peter Gomes

He taught "Formative Elements of the Western Church" and was the preacher in the college's church. Best role model anyone could have. I was so keen to do well in his class I made a deck of early Christian heresy flash cards. and when I got an "A" on the 3-hour essay exam final (A's used to be really hard), I was at last confident I belonged at the Uz

Google him!

06/18/2017 - 11:03am They put a lot of work into their house

Down the street from us. Too bad they will not have the luxury of time to enjoy it. Good neighbors!

06/14/2017 - 12:54pm That's a move Staee would make

But not Michigan. We can do better than recruit people with known character flaws (charges or not aside).

05/21/2017 - 3:51pm "You Say to Brick"

A biography of the architect Louis Kahn, by Wendy Lesser

"Stamped from the Beginning," a history of racism in America, by Ibram X. Kendi

05/20/2017 - 4:35pm Posho

Tasteless grain mush that is a staple in Uganda. We got very sick on that trip.

04/06/2017 - 4:21pm Just starts the fouling festival three minutes early


So imagine we're up 61-60 at 3:00.  The target is now 68 points.  Suddenly its 66 all and your opponent has possession of the ball.  So what do you do?  You foul them and hope that they don't get both free throws.  Then what do they do to you?  The same.

I don't see how this would change the incentives at the end of the game at all actually.


03/21/2017 - 10:44am In Ann Arbor?

Fresh duck breast maybe had at Sparrows Market in Kerrytown.

Easy and fantastic method

1) preheat oven to maybe 400

2) score duck breasts on fatty skin side (make light hash marks with a knife but don't cut all the way through to the flesh

3) heat a cast iron skillet on the stove

4) Place the duck breast skin down: salt lightly. Cool for six minutes. The skin will get brown and crisp.

5) Flip the breasts to skin side up and put the entire skillet in the heated oven for another six minutes. Remove

6) if you fear they are not quite done enough, let them rest for a couple more minutes outside the oven.

Don't forget to save the rendered duck fat to fry potatoes or what have you.

This is the easiest thing ever and man oh man is it good.

03/20/2017 - 6:02pm Wait if knight is scummy

Then his former players are scummy 4ever? Particularly because the coaches after these players left might also have been a little sketch?

Is that really your argument.

03/18/2017 - 5:35pm This.

I am puzzled by the frequency with which posters here are willing to ditch a player or coach without even considering whether the replacement is more likely to do better. Case in point the No-more-Beilein sentiment from earlier this season which for the most part was bereft of suggestions of 1) who would be better that 2) we could actually get.

03/14/2017 - 9:31pm Lots of nonsense from Comcast

Many phone calls. It finally regenerated last night. Sensible people will call and insist on a refund

03/12/2017 - 9:44am Ours came back last night

I think (!), as we had to decamp to Detroit when it got too cold. Neighbors say we are good to return. Hope you are warm soon!

02/28/2017 - 8:11pm Your coworker is an early bird

Sister Pie stayed up all night making'm and sold out in 41 minutes.

02/28/2017 - 11:52am It's a long list

Dorm crew, dishwasher, grounds crew, benefits assistant, assistant on a radio show, cashier in a drive-in movie theater, secretarial temp, box office assistant, light crew, assistant stage manager, script typist, self-employed typist, props mistress, babysitter

Grad school: business editor of a literary magazine, housesitter, kitchen staff at a wine bar, transcriptionist, graduate assistant grading exams,

I know I am forgetting some. The cashier at a drive in was the worst paid ($1.10 an hour) with the worst hours (7 nights a week), and the worst job conditions (in a swamp with no A/C).

02/25/2017 - 7:11pm Congratulations!

To you and your wife, your new little man, and his already marvelous big sister.