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Jammaster

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  1. Cornell now has a cluster of 39. Of those, 36 are student athletes.
  2. Of course, every school studies these metrics and aims to improve them not just for rankings purposes but also for student/faculty recruitment and retention. The point is, Albany is not succeeding in any of these areas, at least in relation to its peers. Many years ago, I believe we topped out around a ranking of 120, and I was hopeful we'd crack the top 100. Northeastern U., as an example, used to be below us but has skyrocketed to #49. But at this rate, we're heading closer to the third tier rather than the first. This is more disappointing than anything we do/don't achieve in sports.
  3. Just got a sneak peek at the new US News rankings for 2021: Albany is at 160—tied with Hofstra, Mercer, UMBC, and others. One spot ahead of Adelphi. Binghamton, Buffalo, and SBU are all tied (oddly) at 88—right behind Michigan St, NC State, and others. When I was applying to schools in the 90s, long before the Nanotech debacle, Albany was #2 with a bullet, right behind Binghamton as the best SUNY. What happened? What can we do—or are we doing—to get some mojo back? Back in the day, we felt like we were competing (academically) with UMass and Maryland—not Hofstra and Adelphi. I know we've added engineering and some other important research components in recent years, but it doesn't seem to be moving the dial at all. And as someone who works in higher ed, I can say that these rankings do matter.
  4. looks great. i vote for the purple-
  5. Big 10 officially postpones football... https://www.nytimes.com/2020/08/11/sports/ncaafootball/big-ten-postpones-football-season.html?action=click&module=Top Stories&pgtype=Homepage
  6. not official, but getting close... https://www.usatoday.com/story/sports/ncaaf/bigten/2020/08/10/big-ten-votes-against-college-football-season-due-coivd-concerns/3332196001/
  7. Since this is a broooooad forum, let's wish a happy birthday to the Best Dane Since Hamlet, who, ironically, is technically the 4th best dane since Hamlet.
  8. Also, his eyebrows look like lightning bolts. Might need a disclaimer for those.
  9. Original Damien had a similar stare.
  10. I kind of like it. I was in some meetings for a D-3 sports rebrand, and the priority these days is a mascot that is intimidating/fierce, so this is timely. And the font feels playfully 1980's futuristic, which kind of offsets the angry dog. I mostly dig it. And the state image is great for those who wonder where Albany is. Plus, the star reminds them that we're the capitol of one of the country's biggest states.
  11. Fwiw- I'm glad Trump finally came around to the consensus of world experts... and it seems he does have some influence after all. Just a few hours after his tweet last night, Winn-Dixie made mask-wearing mandatory in all stores.
  12. these teasers are some of the cooler marketing efforts I've ever seen from UA-
  13. It's a fair point that young people are gonna do what they do...but if you think the notion "even Trump says it's BS" doesn't have some effect on young people, but also on their parents, grandparents, and tons of others who can safely say "if the president doesn't do it, why should I," then you are basically saying the president is a meaningless figure. And we know from polling that many folks take their cue from him. Regardless of mistakes, Fauci corrected any question about masks around Memorial Day. When the numbers were still moving in a decent direction. I truly hope no one you know dies from this. I have known several, including two guys (fathers) in their early 50s, with no underlying conditions. I'd rather have not one more person die and you can tell me I was wrong about Trump and masks and everything else months down the road. And I'll buy you a beer as an apology.
  14. This conversation is a vicious cycle, but fwiw, absolutely Trump influenced folks when he continued for months to say that masks were unnecessary. There was a news report at a beach in Alabama where numerous young people interviewed said they're skipping the mask because "even Trump" knows it's BS." Several of those college students then got the virus not long after. And how many passed it on to their parents or grandparents? Now multiply that by many thousands across the country who just needed the smallest reason-—let alone a constant one from the leader of the free world and his VP--to decide a mask was silly. Alternatively, if he did have zero effect on the American public by continuously flouting the advice of every health professional in the world, what does that say about his chops as a leader?
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