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Zalman B

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  1. Tickets don't seem to be available yet. Is anyone considering/planning on making the trip to Belfast for these games? Direct flight between Newburgh, NY (SWF) to Dublin (DUB) for ~$300 round trip. Train from Dublin to Belfast for ~$65 round trip. Lots of options on where to stay (hotel, hostel, airbnb) at a range of prices.
  2. "The process took about a week Abrahamson-Henderson said. Assistant coach Tahnee Balerio will make the move with Coach Abe to Central Florida." http://www.troyrecord.com/sports/20160401/abrahamson-henderson-leaving-ualbany-for-ucf http://www.saratogian.com/sports/20160401/abrahamson-henderson-leaving-ualbany-for-ucf David Johnson - the author of that - seems to be the only one reporting it, so maybe it isn't really a done deal yet? I agree with sarge on this one - make the offer and make it fast. It's tougher for Tahnee to go and then get pulled back than it is to just keep her here in the first place. She knows our players, system, and recruits and she has the fire to keep them working hard and improving.
  3. More of a comment to the differences in weather, but still an upgrade either way. Larger market, will be going up against UCONN every year. It's an easy decision. Orlando as a city isn't any upgrade; quite the opposite. Job-wise though, I can understand the desire to make the leap and wish her the best of luck.
  4. A bit dated now (from yesterday) but I haven't seen it posted before. Some love from the bleacherreport. http://bleacherreport.com/articles/2397856-ncaa-tournament-bracket-2015-predictions-odds-printable-bracket-and-more Albany, Cinderella Skip Peterson/Associated Press Look out for the Albany Great Danes. Sam Rowley (14.0 points, 7.7 rebounds per game) and Peter Hooley(13.7 points) lead the way for an explosive team out of the American East conference hot on a six-game tear. The Great Danes are no fluke, either, clutching a 3-4 mark against theRPI Top 150 with a narrow 64-60 loss to Providence (23rd in RPI) on the resume. Albany is already starting to make the rounds as an upset special, as captured by Art Stapleton of The Record: Considering Oklahoma is a loser in two of its last four, he may be on to something. The fact of the matter is that Albany can small-ball the heck out of bigger programs so long as it shoots a strong percentage, something perhaps not very difficult considering the Great Danes shoot 44 percent from the floor. After Oklahoma is perhaps a date with Providence before what figures to be an eventual encounter with Virginia. That figures to be a loss, but in a brutal bracket this year for the smaller teams, it'll be quite the memorable run. Prediction: Albany goes on a run that ends at the hands of Virginia.
  5. $359 to Columbus if you are wiling to bus/drive to Newark first.
  6. Interesting. Not sure I knew that Richard Peters was originally an OU commit (see thread). They haven't forgotten, as it has already been brought up.
  7. OU forum Albany threads A look at Albany's Schedule/Results Selection Show Thread
  8. I was fortunate to catch the women's first two games of the AE Tourney (one in person, one streamed at ATSP), and they've been playing exceptionally well, especially on defense. Hartford will be a tougher matchup because they might at least handle the press a bit better, but if we are willing and able to take and make the mid-range open jump shot, I still really like our chances. For many of us, the Hartford win was a blessing, because we get to host the championship instead of going to Maine. I'm taking a half day and getting on a bus from NYC to get me there for the game, and I really hope to see a ton of you there (especially if you're local). A 4:30pm game on a Friday should allow almost everyone to make it and the women are in the midst of an incredible run (4 conference title games in a row, 3/3 so far). They deserve our support and, frankly, they're a hell of a lot of fun to watch play.
  9. There is no reason or need for us to be looking at the TU center as a venue for any home games right now. At 5,000 or 8,000 or 11,000 people it still isn't a good venue for a basketball game. Maybe if it was actually sold out and rocking it might get a good atmosphere, but I honestly doubt it even then. Can and should there be improvements or expansions eyed long term for SEFCU? Absolutely. But focus on that and turning it into a real home court advantage and atmosphere before you start thinking about the crap basketball venue that is the TU center.
  10. After not getting tickets the right way for the Siena game, I'd like to do better for Yale. So can anyone provide info (a link?) on how to buy tickets for Saturday - other than via Yale? Thanks!
  11. From a money perspective, I want to see real numbers - both at the Knick and SEFCU - but I don't think those of us outside of UAlbany/Siena Athletic Departments will ever see those. That said, I'm pretty confident it is far more involved than people think. Playing games off campus is - by its very nature - more involved and will almost always involve more parties getting a piece of the overall pie. Playing at SEFCU would have fewer, but don't assume that the Athletic Department just gets to pocket everything there also - somehow I doubt Sodexo's contract is especially favorable to the dep't in that regard. For a community perspective, I'm calling BS a little bit. There are (at least) 2 aspects to the community perspective - interest and money for local businesses. The interest may be legitimate, if overstated. The vast majority of interested parties are either tied to one of the two schools or closely tied to basketball otherwise. That said, they don't all come out to the games (clearly). The community interest can continue - without much harm, if any - by similar "newspaper" coverage and having the game available on television. If people don't get tickets to the game (really only a possibility if it is played at SEFCU) but want a social experience, viewing parties at local bars/restaurants would happen. Which brings me nicely to the second aspect - money for local businesses. Those of you who have lived/worked in downtown Albany - below the plaza downtown, not Lark Street - know all too well that it becomes a ghost town on most evenings and nearly all weekends. Even on the night of the UAlbany-Siena game, it is hardly a hotbed of activity. The same night as the game, John Oliver was at the Palace Theatre. One of his jokes touched on how he likes to walk around the area right before his show and - on that game night - he was shocked by how dead it seemed. I joined some fellow UAlbany fans at a local establishment before the women's game and we were the only ones there leaving to go see basketball. Is there a benefit? I'm sure there's *some* for the businesses that are open, but I doubt it is much from an aggregate perspective (though it may well be a big deal to an individual business). After the game? No chance. If anyone honestly believes that the thousands of people who left with 4 minutes left were heading out to pump cash into the local economy, that person is beyond reason. I think a sold-out game at the SEFCU, however, would actually do more for the community economy - albeit not in as focused a geographic location. Of the 3,000 Siena ticket holders who don't get in, maybe 1/2 of them are actually fan enough to get together at the bars/restaurants/lodges of their choosing and eat a meal and watch the games. That'd be far more total cash put into businesses (throughout the capital region, not just downtown Albany) than there is now. If they were smart, Siena would set up a viewing party in the ARC and keep some of that cash for the athletic department even on the off years. From a basketball perspective, this is a no-brainer. The TU Center is a poor place to watch basketball. Period. If we ever get to the upper echelon of D1 where we play home games there and draw 15,000 every game that may change (I hope we don't play there even at that point, but that's for a different post). We aren't there now or in the near future. Siena has never been there and never will be. There are some people on this board who have been in Albany a while, so I'm going to go back a few years - how many of you remember the Patroons? Not the nonsense from ~2005 but the real Albany Patroons from the late 80s? The Patroons played in the Washington Avenue Armory - legal capacity of about 3,000. There was a stretch of multiple years where I don't think any game was played there were that legal capacity wasn't exceeded. It was a madhouse and the team responded to it. The support there was all community - no alumni or other affiliation - and it was as rabid as any big-time college atmosphere. It was so wildly successful that they moved it to the TU Center - which promptly killed it. Unless/until UAlbany is making a huge jump - not even just high D1, but single-flagship-level state support - the TU Center should be a place we visit once every 2 years to beat Siena. n the meantime, the model should be the McCarthey Athletic Center. It's home to Gonzaga and is owned and operated by the University. Gonzaga has only about 7,500 students (less than 1/2 of UAlbany) but it sells out the 6,000 for every home game. Though the city proper of Spokane is larger than Albany proper, the metro region actually has fewer people. Benson's goal should be to build the fan base for UAlbany and use the UAlbany-Siena game at the SEFCU to show people in the area who never saw the Patroons what a packed house can look like for a basketball game and the environment it can create. That casual community fan probably won't get to see the Siena-UAlbany in person (at least at the start) but they may go to other UAlbany games if we put a good product on the floor and have a great atmosphere - it's been done in Albany before. Play the game in alternating locations, like every other set of "rivals" in college sports today. I'm sure Siena doesn't want to give up the cash cow of hosting every year and paying $18k to Albany - but too bad, that's going to happen one way or another. The question becomes whether it's better to host alternating years at the TU center or whether it is better to have true home games. From a basketball perspective, that's an easy one. From a community perspective, I don't think it's tough either. From a money perspective, it may actually benefit Siena to have the home game be at the SEFCU if the terms remain the same - if they can't host a viewing party at the ARC to draw in $18k from all the die-hards who can't get tickets, it's because they don't want to. Might UAlbany take a financial hit short term? Sure, depending on what the real numbers are. But unless we're talking huge sums here, I think it's worth it to build the interest and program for the long run.
  12. "Albany Law School’s board of trustees will decide next month whether to move forward with a proposal to affiliate with the University at Albany. The Nov. 21 vote..." Given this, I was a bit curious to see the makeup of the Board of Trustees that will be voting. In particular, I was interested to see whether any members had ties to both UAlbany and Albany Law School (and so - at least potentially - might have louder voices with respect to the proposals and/or might be "champions" seeking to approve or defeat the proposal depending on what they think is best). The bios linked from Albany Law's Board of Trustees page (http://www.albanylaw.edu/about/trustees/Pages/default.aspx) are generally pretty sparse, but between the bios and the links to the attorney pages for firms, there are two board members who seem to have the most clear connection to UAlbany. Here they are: William J. Curry '87 http://www.albanylaw.edu/about/trustees/Pages/William-J-Curry-87.aspx Mr. Curry is a managing partner at Sullivan & Worcester LLP in Boston, Massachusetts. He is a member of the Securities and Corporate Finance, Mergers & Acquisitions and Corporate Governance Practice Groups. Mr. Curry has been recognized by Massachusetts Super Lawyers and Best Lawyers in America for over 10 years. While at Albany Law he was the Managing Editor of the Albany Law Review. According to his firm profile (http://www.sandw.com/professionals-35.html), he is connected to UAlbany also - B.A., magna cum laude, State University of New York at Albany, 1982 John J. Halloran '84 http://www.albanylaw.edu/about/trustees/Pages/John-J-Halloran-84.aspx John was born in New York, New York, on July 23, 1959. He graduated with high honors from the State University of New York at Albany in 1981, and from Albany Law School of Union University in 1984... Not sure what use can be made of this information - if any - but I found it interesting so thought I'd share.
  13. An interesting article on the final step - the 2004 name change - in the Michigan State University affiliation (identified as the model in the article from The National Law Journal above). From http://msutoday.msu.edu/news/2004/msu-law-school-name-change-reflects-integration-and-collaboration/. Published: April 16, 2004 MSU LAW SCHOOL NAME CHANGE REFLECTS INTEGRATION AND COLLABORATION Contact: Janet Harvey-Clark, College of Law, (517) 432-6959; or Russ White, University Relations, (517) 432-0923, whiterus@msu.edu 4/16/2004 EAST LANSING, Mich. – The law school at Michigan State University is now named the MSU College of Law to represent the academic integration and collaboration between a private law school on the rise and a Big Ten university, MSU officials said today. The name change and closer academic integration were approved by the university’s Board of Trustees today and by the law school’s Board of Trustees on Wednesday, April 14. The change formalizes the fact that the law college is now fully a part of the university in the same manner as the university’s other constituent colleges, said Clifton E. Haley, MSU College of Law president. “The image and reputation of MSU College of Law will now catch up with the significant improvements in academic and professional standards that have been achieved since the affiliation with the university,” Haley said. MSU and law college officials said the change builds on the success of their affiliation, aligns their academic reputations and identities more closely, and integrates law college faculty and students more completely into MSU’s academic life. The law school's partnership with MSU was created in 1995, and the law college moved into a state-of-the-art new law building in the heart of the East Lansing campus in 1997. It remains the oldest continuously operating independent law school in the country. Founded in Detroit in 1891, MSU College of Law affiliated with MSU to extend its academic excellence and provide a greater variety of interdisciplinary programs for its students and to provide MSU with a fully American Bar Association accredited law school. Although the law college will operate as a constituent law college of the university, it will remain financially independent and receive no state or university funding. The law college and the university are perhaps more integrated academically than any other law school and parent university, MSU officials said. MSU College of Law’s affiliation with Michigan State University makes it possible for law students to pursue both a law degree and another advanced degree at the same time. For example, students can earn both a law degree and a master’s degree in just four years. Currently, there are 14 dual-degree programs with MSU with several more planned. The name change is the culmination of a decade of growth and progress highlighted by these accomplishments: Law students come to MSU from 42 states and 13 countries, a fact bolstered by the affiliation with the university. More than 92 percent of its 2002 graduates were employed within eight months of graduation, higher than the national average of almost 87 percent. For the 2003 class, the placement rate has risen to more than 93 percent. Applications to the law college have more than tripled since the affiliation with MSU in 1995. Bar results for July 2000 through 2003 were significantly above the state average and, in the past two July examinations, the top score on the MultiState portion of the test was achieved by a law college graduate. The Geoffrey Fieger Trial Practice Institute at the MSU College of Law offers selected students the opportunity to practice real trial lawyering skills in a courtroom in front of judges, witnesses and juries. Students can distinguish themselves with the law college’s concentrations and certificate programs, where students can take courses in the following areas: corporate; criminal; environmental and natural resource; family; health; intellectual property and communications; international and comparative; and taxation law. The certificate programs are in trial practice and child and family advocacy. “The college has experienced enormous growth in quality since the affiliation with Michigan State. This reflects all of the work that has been done to integrate our two institutions,” said MSU College of Law Dean Terence Blackburn. “The name change will make the college's location clearer to outsiders and increase prestige for both the law school and the university.”
  14. Albany Law School Announces Realignment of Institutional Leadership Albany Law School today announced that President Penelope (Penny) Andrews intends to step down at the conclusion of the 2014-15 academic year. Until that time, she will oversee an ambitious agenda of strategic initiatives that will help to position the school for the future. The Board of Trustees has appointed Professor Alicia Ouellette, previously Associate Dean for Academic Affairs and Intellectual Life, to serve as Acting Dean. She will have responsibility for daily administration of the school, including implementation of the Opportunity Pathways Strategic Plan. “I want to express our profound appreciation for the important and enduring contributions that Penny Andrews has made to sustain and enhance this very special institution. We look forward to continuing to work closely with her over these next months,” said Daniel P. Nolan ’78, chairman of Albany Law School’s Board of Trustees. “Alicia Ouellette is the perfect person to step into the vital role of Acting Dean and to implement the Strategic Plan, which focuses on Opportunity Pathways to ensure that our students have the educational and experiential training to succeed in the evolving legal environment.” To read Chairman Nolan’s full statement, click here. To read President Andrews letter to the community, click here.
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