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  1. Wow-- this is so much like many of my posts of prior years (usually around this time of year when there's neither football nor BB). I have been a huge advocate for Kent and UA merging proactively before the state mandated it. It makes no sense for these 2 almost twin schools to exist 13 miles apart. None. UA and Kent should merge to create a NEO system, with almost 60K students, a handful of synergistic, world-class programs (liquid crystals and polymers), and a huge alumni base in NEO. And of course, one set of sports programs, administrations, etc, would immediately save more than Akron projected deficit. It's hard to make a comparison to the Cali system-- the UC schools are almost all 'better' than Ohio's best public school (though I think rankings are bunk in general). Ohio schools are more comparable to the Cal State schools. And "below" that is Cal Community College system, which is the largest post secondary ed system in the world by itself (over 2.6 million students on 113 campuses; Cal State, the largest 4 yr system in the US, has nearly 500K students across 31 locations, and UC with 240K students at 9 colleges making up the highest ranked public universities and system in the world). What's happened to UA is simply depressing. Hard to see how it's not in a downward spiral caused by incredibly poor leadership. Proenza was a fantastic president and gave UA a sense direction and movement. The 'Landscape for Learning' was a critical investment-- the campus was a total shithole eyesore and the investment in the campus at least made it passable. I can't even imagine where enrollment would be without that. UA spends over $30 million on athletics and saddles its students with over $1000 annually to support those programs. It's nuts. If the will to merge UA and Kent can't be found, they should at least become completely interconnected and federated, sharing programs and ideally fielding a single football program-- that alone would save nearly $10M a year.
  2. Stunning. Gob-smacked. WTF!? Exactly the opposite of what UA needed. Seriously...WTF!?
  3. Really glad he's staying-- UA does not need any more churn. It was definitely disappointing that he was looking to jump so soon, but his explanation of wanting to be back in Orlando made sense. However, I do hope he refrains from tossing his hat in the ring for any other positions for the next 2-3 years. UA needs that time for the 'scar' to heal...
  4. http://www.crainscleveland.com/article/20180303/news/153716/university-akrons-polymer-college-struggles-faculty-losses
  5. http://www.crainscleveland.com/article/20180303/news/153716/university-akrons-polymer-college-struggles-faculty-losses
  6. Just for shits and giggle, here are some more liberal talking points: Trump's first 10 months lag Obama's (first and second term) economic performance on most measures of economic performance (jobs created, stock market performance, etc)... https://seekingalpha.com/article/4115465-trump-bump-compare-obama-effect-stock-market?page=2 https://seekingalpha.com/article/4122338-trump-bump-vs-obama-effect-part-2 https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/fact-checker/wp/2017/12/14/comparing-the-trump-economy-to-the-obama-economy/?utm_term=.4e900fc2f087 https://www.forbes.com/sites/johndorfman/2017/10/30/trump-ranks-sixth-in-stock-market-performance-behind-obama-and-clinton/#6162b3b6644a To invert Zippy5's point, I don't think having NN in place since 2015 has damaged the internet has it? It has allowed things like Netflix and Amazon to thrive which is good for consumers (and bad for the ISPs that have big investments in TV delivery...). I agree that there is probably too much hyperbole about this-- overturning NN won't cause the downfall of the internet in the near term. But, I know I don't want my access to data and content on the internet to be metered or priced by what I choose to watch or do, which is what NN protected us from.
  7. Just for shits and giggles, here are some more liberal talking points: Trump's first 10 months lag Obama's (first and second term) economic performance on most measures of economic performance (jobs created, stock market performance, etc)... https://seekingalpha.com/article/4115465-trump-bump-compare-obama-effect-stock-market?page=2 https://seekingalpha.com/article/4122338-trump-bump-vs-obama-effect-part-2 https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/fact-checker/wp/2017/12/14/comparing-the-trump-economy-to-the-obama-economy/?utm_term=.4e900fc2f087 https://www.forbes.com/sites/johndorfman/2017/10/30/trump-ranks-sixth-in-stock-market-performance-behind-obama-and-clinton/#6162b3b6644a To invert Zippy5's point, I don't think having NN in place since 2015 has damaged the internet has it? It has allowed things like Netflix and Amazon to thrive which is good for consumers (and bad for the ISPs that have big investments in TV delivery...). I agree that there is probably too much hyperbole about this-- overturning NN won't cause the downfall of the internet in the near term. But, I know I don't want my access to data and content on the internet to be metered or priced by what I choose to watch or do, which is what NN protected us from.
  8. https://twitter.com/TheOnion/status/941378281407991809
  9. Thx for bringing this up Balsy..interesting discussion. My simplified take on this is that if your local electric company also sold lightbulbs, it would be incented to have its lightbulbs get more electricity, and thus burn brighter, giving its lightbulbs an advantage in the market. This would be fully realizing the benefits of vertical integration. It would also be an unfair business tie-up and unfair to consumers. In the absence of many competitors to provide the electricity, and thus balance the utilities advantaged position, the utility should not be allowed to leverage its position to adversely impact consumers. The role of government is to prevent things like this. I don't want to have tiers of websites like God awful tv bundles. That's where this will lead.
  10. This is awesome to hear: https://www.ohio.com/akron/news/local/ua-welcoming-international-students-in-a-big-way-four-new-recruiters-working-to-boost-enrollment#/
  11. Will Akron BB maintain a connection to LBJ? He is committed to the school via his foundation...let's hope the bb connection continues...
  12. Oops on location of Xavier... so SW Ohio is supporting Cincy (9415 avg), Xavier, UD, Wright St and Miami (and only Miami has crappy avg at 1426...how's that for a stmt about the MAC). I wonder if a deep run is transformational-- Kent did and didn't sustain a big bump in attendance. I wish we had some baller alums that would step up to pay enough to get 2 high quality, big name BB opponents and 1 big name for FB every year. I wonder if OSU is as dominant in SW Ohio from a mindshare perspective as it is in NEO (obviously not as big a factor in BB as in FB).
  13. Something to really make everyone angry: http://i.turner.ncaa.com/sites/default/files/images/2016/06/09/2016_release_mens_basketball_attendance_final.pdf You mentioned Wright State drawing north of 4K on average (compared to UA's 3300)... Dayton is somehow supporting UD @ avg of 13K per game and Xavier at 10K per game on top of Wright State. Kent's average is just a little over UA's. Ohio is over 6K(!). UA just has not established a deep supportive connection with the potential ticket buyer-- even though many of them are alums. It's not winning-- no program has won in the MAC of late as we know. My pov is that unless we are playing big name opponents, we won't get that attendance, which holds for football too. Xavier and Dayton are programs w deep history that play at a very high level, so they draw 3x or 4x as much as we do even though they are a fraction of the size, with a fraction of the alumni base, and competing with each other...sucks
  14. To clarify... "some random person"= some unknown dickwad like iCoach whose only qualification was being the buddy of the person doing the search. Groce is not that-- he's a known quantity and knows Akron well. While I wish he had an Akron connection--like Boals-- I would be totally comfortable w him because we saw directly what he was able to do down in the 'holler. My point was I do not want some buddy of Williams whose only qualification is that friendship-- been there, done that w Tom Wistrcill and iCoach.
  15. Backlash? Really? Like the 1000 season ticket holders (for either sport) will walk away and that will really cause a big issue? I think the baseball backlash was more because of how it was handled rather than a huge constituent group supporting UA baseball (remember Scarphoon days... it was announced suddenly with no plan for the athletes and then it came out he wanted to build a walkway through the baseball field...after that it's just a hazy morass of olive jars, tweeting angry children, polytechnic and name changes, and offending peer universities and the community as a whole. Amazing what can be accomplished in just 24 months...). a-zip, your post is spot on in terms of raising this question, which is the same one I have harped on for several years-- does it really make sense for UA to spent $38 million on sports? Does it really make sense for the other 3 state universities to spend another $60 million every year? Is there ANY return on that collective investment for Akron or NEO or Ohio? Do we actually face that question, take it head on, or just keep doing the same thing every year? As I said in a post the other day, these 4 state universities will blow almost $1 billion in this decade on sports. That's real money. To what end and for what purpose? I think it has to be asked. Dropping down a division in football saves some money, but not all that much (I seem to remember someone offering up an annual savings of $2 million). So we go from $38 million to $36 million in annual spend. The only thing that changes this equation is increasing revenue-- that means either ticket sales or fundraising (and really both)--while holding costs relatively level. What would make that possible? Well, winning certainly helps, but BB shows clearly we can have the winningest team in the MAC over the last 8 (or whatever) years, and not have a big (meaning gamechanging) increase in either tickets sales or donor dollars.
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