June 4th, 2013
|11:07 pm - Goodbye, Doctor.|
May the door hit your rather warm keester on the way out.
Sir, your return on investment, as Ramzy will note along with some brief tragedy, is unparalleled. But, where others note it as an unbelievable salesmanship on behalf of the university, I call it a pursuit of the almighty dollar. For, with it, I note the efforts to bring the second-year students under the auspices of student housing, and with it their money, saying it will force the University slums to improve. Such only removes a slight bit more of demand, as less than ten thousand of the undergraduate population will be removed from the demand pool. However, the block program, meant to continue to glean off the unexpended pennies from students eating meals (and dollars at the end of semesters when blocks remain unspent), remains in force as extra expense on top of the housing costs - even with the improvement of housing facilities, the obvious answer to the problem is to reduce student costs for housing on-campus, thus making an actual *choice* in the matter.
But perhaps a more visible example is called for. Take the Campus Partners project and their Gateway, from which the only affordable option added is the cinema. All the eateries there were meant to replace bars and campus staples. It amounted to gentrification, which is a word I had to learn at a Ralph Nader rally back in Toledo later on. The students are no richer today then they were in 1998. There is still max compensation at the university of $10/hour for undergraduate students; grocery store cashiers top out at a higher rate for less skilled work. In a world where scholarships are the preferred method of allowing better affordability to students, his #HigherEd hashtags refused to discuss the glaring problem - tuition is too damn high for what people are getting out of it, both in enlightenment and employment.
More obvious? Okay, lets talk outsourcing. Let's talk about Sodexo being day-laborers every Saturday instead of the students that used to reside *inside the stadium* for that purpose - a special arrangement for students who had no dreams of otherwise affording tickets to the games (tickets even more outrageous now, both in face value and scalping value). Let's look at CampusParc being sold a long-term lease of our parking lots, with a cap on maximum yearly parking pass increases as an afterthought - and, by afterthought, I mean after a near uprising that was not nearly quelled by the public meetings...held during EXAM WEEK. (My letter expressing outrage over that piece of timing was answered by now-interim president, then-provost Joseph Alutto. It amounted to, "We know, we're going ahead with this anyway.")
See, it's not the lines he's spouting - it's always what's behind it. When he's calling other universities, "Sisters of the Poor," he's saying these universities aren't getting the money OSU is. Or, for that matter, the money *he* was. He reguarly donated his salary increases from his second tenure to the scholarship program; his benefits, however, were nothing short of outrageous. He does not fly anything but first class. He has a bowtie budget. The competition up north flies coach, and has just as large an endowment. His retirement just vested, and he'll be taking that money and running now.
Specifically, running his mouth, now that he's not a figurehead for a billion-dollar organization that calls for at least dignity while robbing students blind.
Current Location: home
Current Mood: bitchy
Current Music: "Carmen Ohio"
April 5th, 2013
|11:02 pm - 2013 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament, Elite 8|
...that covers OSU's first 35 minutes against Wichita State...
...okay, that covers That School Up North clonking Florida and making it instead.
No, I didn't like that round. I didn't see the Syracuse/Marquette game; it was a good score in football, I hear. Basketball maybe not so much.
That just leaves Louisville/Duke, which I watched while eating. I recommend not watching a replay of a person suffering a compound fracture while eating ever.
So, with the games out of the way, and my bracket hosed because everybody had Louisville winning even if that's all I got left, let's get to the conference records:
B1G: 1-1 this round, 13-6 overall, represented by M*ch*g*n GODDAMNIT TO HELL
Big East: 2-1 this round, 11-6 overall, represented by Syracuse and Louisville. Louisville was indeed powerful enough to overcome their bracket, and, well, someone had to lose (or win) the Big East matchup.
ACC: 0-1 this round, 6-4 overall and done.
SEC: 0-1 this round, 4-3 overall and done. The top of the SEC was...tolerable, made the tournament, and didn't completely suck. Kentucky was not this, obviously.
The State of Florida: 0-1 this round, 7-3 overall and done - a better showing than the State of Ohio last year.
Florida Gulf Coast University (all-time): 2-1, and that's why their coach is now headed for the PAC-12's USC. Because, seriously, a winning record in the Big Dance and all.
Missouri Valley Conference: 1-0 this round, 5-1 overall, represented by Wichita State. Allow me a brief cry THAT COULD HAVE BEEN OSU ;_; ...okay. Tough #9 seed from a decent conference that thrives below the Mid-Majority's Red Line. (I'm going to miss that site after next year.)
So, that just leaves the draft to discuss, and...uh, I had Louisville and Wichita State there. OSU got picked first by someone else, and for that the person has one team left and is still mathematically eliminated. If Syracuse wins out I lose; otherwise, I win. Huh. At this point, I'm rooting for Wichita State to take it all, because burn everything and they are not M*ch*g*n.
Good games on tomorrow; I'll be getting a mattress and talking about Escaflowne for a blog; I'll link the interview when it's up. One more post probably coming shortly besides basketball tourney posts, because a man I followed on Twitter died. For now, we look forward to the tourney.
Current Location: 200 Campbell Hall, The Ohio State University
Current Mood: relaxed
Current Music: YES, "Roundabout"
March 30th, 2013
|11:18 am - 2013 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament, Round 4|
Well, it was fun while it lasted, FGCU. At least you held the lead early and got some good dunks in. (I need a GIF of that dunk while Joakim Noah was being interviewed. That look as he glances over as he's interrupted by a savage gesture towards the team he led to national championships is priceless.)
First, your Elite 8:
From the B1G, the rivals: Ohio State and That School Up North. If they both make the national championship, expect fireworks and one of two campuses burning when it's all over.
From the Big East in its dying throes, Louisville, Marquette, and Syracuse. Louisville is no less dominant, Marquette hangs tough, and Syracuse looks like they usually do. It is to be noted that next year, this would be two ACC teams and one team from the new Big East.
From the ACC: Duke, because they're Duke.
From the SEC: Florida, the last remaining team from the state of Florida. Good, solid defense all around, but I wouldn't run that full-court press against teams that like transition and dunking *EVER AGAIN*. They caused plenty of turnovers without it, but when they applied it the usual result was an open back-court and - surprise! - dunking.
From the Missouri Valley Conference: Wichita State, winning the mid-major Sweet 16 game against LaSalle this time (as opposed to 2006, where they lost to a George Mason team that would take out #1 seed UConn to enter the Final Four). Solid team, and it's sad that they must lose because OSU wants a Final Four appearance. :-)
The conference record breakdown:
B1G: 2-2 this round, 12-5 overall
Big East: 3-0 this round, 9-5 overall (okay, so those top three teams are something)
ACC: 1-1 this round, 6-3 overall
SEC: 1-0 this round, 4-2 overall
Missouri Valley Conference: 1-0 this round, 4-1 overall
Big XII: 0-1 this round, 3-6 and done (but they do get the first overtime loss of the tournament! :-p)
PAC-12: 0-2 this round, 5-4 overall and done
Atlantic 10: 0-1 this round, 7-5 overall and done, but a damn fine year for them, especially when compared to the above two
The State of Florida: 1-2 this round, 7-2 overall
Florida Gulf Coast University (all-time NCAA tournament): 2-1
Next up is the upset metric for the third and fourth rounds: 7/24=29.167% still. Aside from the obvious "who the hell put Florida Gulf Coast as a *15*-seed" question, the Sweet Sixteen matchup between a 9 and *play-in* 13, and the committee-admitted PAC-12 issues, nothing immediately stands out. And, by that, I mean nothing seems too big at first, until you look at the early and late records of the Big East. There appears to be a huge disparity between the Big East top three, which are world-beaters, and the rest of their league seeded at 10, 9, 8, 7...and 2. The expectations of that seeding is 3-2 first round and a win or two after, not 0-5. At least this problem with the Big East will at worst go somewhere else next year with the league breaking up. For now, let's just say that seeding them around the middle of the bracket was...inaccurate.
Bracket-wise, uh...well, two of my final four, one of which I had national runner-up, are now gone. I'm at 21.2% and the only scoring teams left are Louisville and OSU. In the draft, momentum has shifted as the leader now only has one team left while last place has three; I'm in second relying on Louisville and Wichita State. Oh, conflicts of interest...:-p
Seven games of madness remain....
Current Location: home
Current Mood: mellow
Current Music: "Dunk City"
March 25th, 2013
|01:41 am - 2013 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament, Round 3|
Seirin High School had a transfer student by the name of Kuroko. The school then changed its name to Florida Gulf Coast University, and Kuroko changed his name to Brett Comer. San Diego State never had a chance.
So, first, the conference/other grouping breakdown:
B1G: 4-2 this round, 10-3 overall
ACC: 2-1 this round, 5-2 overall
SEC: 1-1 this round, 3-2 overall
Big XII: 1-1 this round, 3-5 overall
Big (L)East: 3-0 this round, 6-5 overall
PAC-12: 2-1 this round, 5-2 overall
Missouri Valley: 1-1 this round, 3-1 overall
Mountain West: 0-2 this round, 2-5 and done
Atlantic 10: 1-4 this round, 7-4 overall
WCC: 0-1 this round, 2-2 overall and done
The State of Florida: 3-0 this round, 6-0 overall
Florida Gulf Coast University (all-time): 2-0
...missed schools in the Big East and PAC-12 last time, and a couple of leagues I should know to follow. Anyway.
Sweet 16 makeup:
B1G: OSU, Indiana, ********, ******** State
ACC: Duke, Miami
SEC: Florida, and god help them they have to face an in-state school next round
Big XII: Kansas
PAC-12: Oregon, Arizona
Big East: Louisville, Syracuse, Marquette
Atlantic 10: LaSalle
Mountain West: Wichita State
Atlantic Sun: Seirin^H^H^H^H^H^HFlorida Gulf Coast University
As for the upset metric from rounds 2 and 3, uh...14/48=29.167%, and that's high. Leagues that brought too many do not include the Big East this time - those top three are *good* - but the Mountain West's RPI was clearly iron pyrite. The verdict isn't in on the Big XII just yet, but it's not all that great, either. I vote Mercer from the Atlantic Sun on principle, because they managed to play a critically underrated FGCU and only failed to win their tournament; Iowa also needs a look with the B1G just showing everybody up. Maybe Virginia from the ACC.
Tourney-wise, this round's games have been good, from the nailbiting that the B1G games and Ole Miss/LaSalle constituted to the airshow that is FGCU and no I can't say enough about them shut up I know I'm rambling they're that good damnit. Pool-wise, I'm second but I was *really* hoping for Creighton or SDSU. Bracket-wise, we've fallen below 50%, but I have all of my Final Four and five of my Elite 8 picks alive. This is not a bad position to be in.
Now for sleep so I can work (possibly from home) and prepare for a nasty exam tomorrow.
March 23rd, 2013
|05:30 pm - 2013 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament, Rounds 1-2|
First, allow me to point you toward my Facebook page, where I uploaded some pictures from Round One, which I finally made the trip to see in person. Seats weren't bad, either (just Saint Mary's band).
So, we throw in Round 1 with Round 2 because it doesn't make sense otherwise. First, breakdown by conference (and other humorous divisions):
Atlantic 10: 6-0
Ohio: 1-2 (not as good this year)
Mountain West: 2-3
Big (L)East: 2-5
Big XII: 2-4
Florida Gulf Coast University: 1-0 (all-time NCAA, bitches)
...yeah, that Atlantic 10 number jumps out at you, if only because they sent five teams. At this point, there is no way they do not end this tournament with a winning record and a buttload of tourney shares. The B1G is acquitting themselves well, too, with an overall winning record in their grasp (as of this writing, two games into Round 3, grabbed). PAC-10's downseeding due to rules gave it the favorable matchups it needed, though if you watched the California game - I did not - I am sorry for the amount of life wasted. The big story is, of course, Georgetown choking hard *yet again*, and giving us our first undefeated-in-NCAA-tournament-play team in a long while. Hello, FGCU, and *THANK YOU FOR DUNKING*. DAT *ALLEY*. DAT OOP. JTIII may be all but fired.
Bracket-wise, lookee here. Not as bad as some, to be sure, and that perfect Midwest is nice to have along with all Elite 8 teams. I lost three of my Sweet Sixteen, but that is still favorable, to be sure. As for my tourney draft done with the anime club types, that's here and 8-8 in the first round will have to combine with a presumed nice upside to win.
Hey, everybody, it's March! ^_^
January 20th, 2013
|09:01 pm - Ohayocon Report, or I SHOULD POST SOMETHING, SHOULDN'T I|
Back from Ohayocon and watching the AFC championship. I stayed through the gripes panel to discuss one of what was a number of varied and distinct line issues - mine being the lines for panels mixing due to an insistance that every panel be emptied at end of panel and a line queued for every panel (no, there is not room for that sort of thing). Also mentioned the lack of Pokemon play - I understand a number of people were out-of-state for the TCG this weekend, and there were panels, but absolutely no reason for not having competitive play of either sort on the schedule - and the program book being printed THE THURSDAY OF THE CON.
As for how it went: rather well. I won an FMA watch (complete with reminder inscription) from a game show panel, which was part of many things received as part of a haul by Scarlet and Gray Anime, including but not limited to an SNES sans controllers and a number of comic books (which needs to be donated to a comic book club at OSU that *has* to exist but I see no information in the directory) Saw some panels, including agitatorswaltz's CLAMP panel, the anime club's two panels on Award-WInning Manga, and one late-night panel I'd rather unsee. $3.00 event parking at the Nationwide Garage was within my price range for the two days I had to pay. (The staff leaves before 2:00 A.M. and leaves the gate up, so Friday's time ticket to enter was a free exit.)
Only one purchase, Hayate #19 - I haven't told LiveJournal, but the time between Easter and just prior to last week was spent unemployed. Two weeks' notice was given, but it was about a year past time to get out of Meijer. My new employer is Nationwide, and I get to work downtown (yay) sitting down (YAY) doing programming (YESYESYES) and get holidays off like normal people (SQUEEEEEEEEEEEEEE). Now, it must be noted that said programming involves an ancient language known as COBOL (with something called Job Control Language used to run programs in batch and define virtual files named in the COBOL in something approaching object-oriented design), but I am perfectly fine with that - COBOL puts me at a distinct advantage employment-wise, as the language is still readily in use in the financial sector and for older companies with legacy databases. The systems are still there, but the programmers aren't; this means more jobs inevitably available with steady rather than contract employment.
So, I had fun. Not many pictures, but so much fun. Maybe I can post more. ^_^;;
Current Location: home
Current Mood: exhausted
Current Music: Chibi-Tech Kaze Yo Tsutaete (Buster Core Meltdown Remix)
June 28th, 2012
|09:56 am - Rant jammin'|
So, our local bus system has filed notice of an impending strike. This was done, as with most union situations, with a date in mind that people would want bus service for: July 4, which is when the local fireworks show is set for, and, y'know, a lot of people like to come into town and watch. Traffic nightmares are already being planned for should talks fail.
That July 4 day is not the only traffic headache coming, however. There is still a large college in the middle of Columbus, and school will be in session outside of that July 4 holiday. Even in summer, there happens to be a large number of students still around taking classes. To their credit, the Council of Graduate Students noticed and sent out e-mail to everyone with a backup plan, copied below:
- Students with cars, but without parking permits, will be allowed to park in west campus only with no permit. Reduced summer CABS service to central campus is provided Monday-Friday, 5:30 a.m.–7 p.m.
- Students who are unable to find alternate transportation to and from campus to attend classes may contact T&P for a ride to and from their off-campus residence and the OSU Columbus campus
The first item should work well. There are enough people gone to allow parking in the back lots of campus, and it's one less thing for campus police to worry about. The second idea I assume is for graduate students only, which still leaves most of the population of graduate students because they don't get to go home for the summer, college often being their job and all. I'm curious as to how many live just off-campus and rely on COTA to an extent that they are contacting the college and asking for rides.
Back to that traffic nightmare and the rest of the OSU administration, though. There are ongoing construction projects in the campus area meant to narrow traffic lanes.
Yes, I said narrow, not widen.
And, oh, boy, is traffic jamming ever their purpose.
See, some nuts in administration - the same ones who just sold off the university-owned parking on lease to an outside entity - believe that traffic around the campus area, particularly on Woodruff Avenue next to Ohio Stadium, is too heavy for a campus area. There appears to be a functional disconnect between their idealism based upon youthful reminiscence and the reality that a campus with an undergraduate count of 50,000 students - not counting the grad students we discussed above, nor the staff, faculty, or crazed fans that slam the area every Saturday in Autumn - tends to require transportation to get to campus as we would never be able to fit such a population into biking distance.
This construction is ongoing through the summer, because it takes time and better now than when the flood of students hits in the fall. It should be in effect through July 3, when the strike is threatened to occur. July 3 is a Tuesday, and July 5 a Thursday, so both before and after one can assume classes are scheduled to be held. There is a looming traffic nightmare about to be exacerbated in the campus region, and I hope for all the world the Ph.D holder with this wonderful idea has to drive through that to go somewhere those two days.
Current Location: home
Current Mood: grumpy
Current Music: The Lovin' Spoonful, "Do You Believe in Magic"
April 26th, 2012
|11:49 am - Our Bretheren and the University of Florida|
Perhaps you have heard, or perhaps not, of the hullaballoo over in Florida. The university is reacting to cuts in funding by looking to cut funding in areas. The Dean, having a rather inspired history of working with the CiSE faculty, took it upon herself to post a plan of force-merging the department with Electrical and Computer Engineering, removing all CiSE research posts in the process. Needless to say, this was upsetting. Now, some articles have been a bit off, but, well, the gist I've been getting has been somewhere between worrisome and Dean Abernathy needs to be fired from a cannon. The main plan was pulled after large protest, with an e-mail sent to students from the University President explaining the University's position, including rather inexplicable support for the Dean in question. It also expresses a complete refusal to access the so-called "reserves" of the University. These held funds are expressed as the reason by the legislature to cut university funding, and are said by the CiSE to easily absorb the cut amount. So...what are they?
Here's the graphic.
Yeah, the first question I had was, "What is UF Shands?" Answer: it's an offshoot of their university hospital. As hard as it might be to move funds from them to the rest of the university, that is still an obscene chunk of money. I actually tie this in to a recent article in The Lantern, which highlights seven obscene bonuses, two of which are overpayments for coaches (one coach no longer coaching here) and five of which are for physicians. The question of where all your college money is going and where all your health care money is going appear to have a strikingly similar answer.
Given the protection of life and the likely reservation of those funds for medical research, however, let's assume much of this is off the table; we'll say $10 million can come from the Shands and the UF Health Science Center. That would leave $26.5 million to make up from the $240 million pool of direct support and other unrestricted assets. This would work for...five to ten years.
So, there might be a problem. I say, might, because, realistically, you cut funding from the place sitting on a pool of funds and donations the rest of the university wishes it had, and see if people step up to the plate to help keep up that funding, and start outreach for donations to the "lesser" engineering programs. You definitely don't wreck a department that is, according to stats I'm still pulling from the Save UF CiSE site, making money. Pulling money from the hospital in that amount won't wreck it, but donors want their money to go to the hospital, so some delicate discussions are required.
Or, well, there is just getting the money from a bunch of tightwad Republican legislators who see declining property tax revenues from the bust in the housing market. Good luck with this one, as the people electing these legislators also elected Jeb Bush.
But the counter-argument to the idea of pulling the funds out of the hospital system is, "How much does a life cost, and how much are we willing to spend on it?" The answer to that, I believe, needs to be stated clearly. "YOU AREN'T SPENDING THAT MONEY. WE WOULD LIKE TO USE IT TO MAKE YOUR COMPUTERIZED EQUIPMENT BETTER SO WE CAN HELP YOU SAVE LIVES. QUIT SITTING ON A PILE OF CASH, BECAUSE THE LEGISLATURE SEES THAT AND SAYS WE DON'T NEED MONEY."
Current Location: home
Current Music: The Price Is Right
April 2nd, 2012
|07:03 pm - 2012 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament: National Semifinals|
The frustrating bit is, at the half, Ohio State had them. Yes, a buzzer-beater dunk to end the half, but Ohio State had them. They let Kansas come back and they were all but beat when Craft got fouled for two shots down three points. Craft did what he had to do to stay in it from buzzer through that foul shot attempt; after the lane violation was called rightly, he and everyone else failed to react to Kansas inbounding quickly and running out the rest of the clock.
It ends in a loss.
The Epilogue is up at Mid-Majority, and it details a different sad ending, one we avoided through most of the tournament. It also captures how we remain happy, which at this point OSU has no such solace to take because all the mid-major teams were out of the Elite Eight. So, yeah, Kansas gets Kentucky, who held off a couple of courageous Louisville runs before winning by nine and bringing fire to campus. Oh, campus couch fires, you are par for the course, even if a lot of other, sensible people wish otherwise.
Bill Self, it should be noted, is a coach. How he handles Kentucky...well, I wish him luck, and not because him winning means I win the old anime club's draft.
Yes, my bracket looks bad. Don't ask.
*comforts self with rounds of Kid Icarus: Uprising*
Current Location: home
Current Mood: awake
Current Music: Kid Icarus: Uprising menu theme
March 29th, 2012
|03:10 pm - 2012 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament: Round 5|
Our Final Four is set, and OSU is there with a revenge game against Kansas - this time, with 100% more Sullinger. Decent storyline there.
Nothing like Kentucky facing Louisville, though. There are small wars occurring in the state below Ohio at the moment. We're talking fights between people who don't have a kidney to lose. We're talking brother versus brother. Do not visit Kentucky this week. If you must, avoid wearing the colors blue or red unless you have an allegiance and are unafraid of the cop who may have the opposite.
Kentucky destroyed Baylor with no thought of mercy. Florida nearly survived Louisville with a high number of 3-pointers, but Rick Pitino had dealt with that problem back in 2005 with Beilein's West Virginia. Ohio State and Syracuse drew a pair of referees that won't see the tournament again anytime soon, with OSU finally pulling away. Then came the most watchable game of the tournament in UNC-Kansas, as it simply went back and forth at 72 possessions apiece and high efficiency. (BB State has Kansas at 10th in efficiency, while UNC dropped from 11th to 13th in the game. There are 300+ teams in Division I basketball.)
Two more games, at least one of them seemingly winnable, and OSU can claim its second NCAA Division I Men's Basketball Championship. (Kentucky is best dealt with by waiting for the inevitable vacation of its victories in a John Calipari recruiting scandal.)
GO BUCKS! BEAT KANSAS!
Current Location: Bolz Hall, room 412
Current Mood: awake
Current Music: Kid Icarus: Uprising menu theme