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  1. I, through posts on this board, obviously won't change your opinion about this broad topic of stadium/state funding/governance. But I'm happy to try to answer your questions. First, I would hope your 6 months worth of time on this board would not be long enough to form that type of opinion about me. I've been on here for more than 3 years now, and this topic is the only one in that time span that I've offered strong opinions about (as I usually post about sports). So I think your sample size might be a bit small. Where you think I'm criticizing you, I'm simply trying to provide information or show where we might not have all (or even most) of the info. I have enough experience working in and around this exact field to have seen that there are plenty of things going on that the general public doesn't hear or see through newspaper articles, news reports, or press releases. Therefore, I think it's quite unfair (and counterproductive) to criticize and have a general pessimistic attitude about issues that we admittedly don't, and likely won't, know all the facts. I'm not quite sure what I'm 'pussyfooting' about? I simply try to offer information on these topics, as I'm often surrounded by them at a professional level on a daily basis. If you, and others here, feel that my posts are simply 'criticizing,' I know that myself, and others around me here on the board who are in similar positions, would be more than happy to remove ourselves from conversations about these issues and refrain from providing additional information here on out.
  2. Philip said that SUNY has decided to take a more conservative/non-inflamming/conciliatory approach to the still ongoing budget process these few weeks. An approach that the campuses must follow, at least for now. He said that he diagrees with that apporach and would prefer more aggressive action. Remember this when we post about how the situation within SUNY and the Chancellor position might impact our hiring process for a President.
  3. Alum73 beat me to it, but do you know that Mayor Jennings isn't 'plugging' for the stadium? Like too many of your posts, it might be a good idea to have all the facts before you continue to criticize decision-makers.
  4. Per America Least's blog, Sofman committed to Monmouth. Not surprising, as we didn't have a scholarship to offer anymore.
  5. Maybe because he's not eligible to play until the spring semester?
  6. The University has done this before. Residential Life and/or Student Success buys a huge block of them for students. The past couple years, they've sold the tickets to students at a subsidized price of $5 or $10 and then use that money as a donation to X charity cause.
  7. Cape.. Up until this coming season, I was in the same situation as you. After the growth in student popularity of the games in the 2006 season, I didn't feel like waiting in line for student tix when I knew I was gonna be at every game, so I just decided to go ahead and buy the basic 'Reserved' seating season tickets. Usually it doesn't make too much of a difference (like for a lot of the games over winter break that you and I were at), but never waiting in line is nice (especially for the big games like you mentioned), and I'd just sit in the student section anyways. Plus, if you have a friend who's not from UAlbany come to visit, you can always get your free student ticket and get your friend in for free with your season ticket. This was the second season in a row that I did it. And I'd definitely recommend the Varsity Club, as I'm sure most on this board would as well. It's nice to grab a bite to eat before every football and basketball game..would at least save you a meal swipe before each game. Plus, if facebook is correct (haha), you'll be able to enjoy the finer beverages at Varsity Club at some point next season, lol. You also sometimes get priority with post-season games and other 'big game' road trips. And lastly, you're donating to athletics, so it's a positive all around.
  8. I've been there a few times. Definitely small but it's a gorgeous facility.
  9. Ahh, this is such a 'what have you done for me lately' world. Brent was AE All-Rookie, 3rd Team All-AE (twice), scored nearly 1200 points (16th on the all-time list), and finished 3rd all-time in 3-pointers. I'm not sure it's 'especially' one or the other of them.
  10. The Presidential Search Committee met again both Saturday and today. That makes 4 times this month. Hopefully that means some (good) news soon!
  11. Some anti-UB ammo for everyone... http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/2008/bask...n.ap/index.html
  12. I guess that could work. Though I'm not too sure how many people would agree to pay themselves for a year if they're getting offers from other schools that can scholly them the whole time, especially if they're subject to out of state tuition costs. Maybe getting a verbal now from someone who'll prep next year and join the Danes in '09? Who knows. Maybe someone can ask Coach Brown at the banquet tonight.
  13. Hmm, that is interesting, especially since it's Jerel that's specifically left off. Maybe it's just a typo?? Also, who else will be at the banquet tonight? I'm heading over right after work.
  14. Wow. So he was the Ohio DI POY and is now on the Ohio DI All-Academic team? Looking forward to seeing this guy on the court!!
  15. Campus participation (outside of the representative search committee membership) usually happens when the search committee has a group of 3 or 4 finalists. Those finalists will usually have official tours of the University and meetings/forums with students, faculty, staff, etc. Similiar to what's currently happening at Monroe Community College near Rochester with their search to fill the position of their retiring President Flynn. I think it's a good sign that Cobleskill hired a new president without a permenant Chancellor in place. I might suggest that Cobleskill and UAlbany are not completely analagous in terms of their importance/impact within the SUNY system, so a lack of a Chancellor likely would have more impact on the type of candidates attracted to UAlbany. But the Cobleskill hiring is a positive sign, nonetheless. For what it's worth, I've heard SUNY is looking to have a new Chancellor in place between June and January. Their search is taking some time because I've heard they're looking for high profile national 'leaders' (a la a Colin Powell type) instead of the traditional high level educational administrator. That type of candidate obviously cuts down the pool a bit, plus you'd have to convince that person to leave whatever lucrative situation they might be in now in order to come to the great show that is New York State politics.
  16. SUNY Cobleskill, who has a new president starting on May 1st, has been without a president for as along as UAlbany has. Former President Thomas Haas left the campus in August 2006. http://www.dailygazette.com/news/2008/apr/23/0423_sunycoby/
  17. I do know there is some form of partnership between Rockefeller College and Albany Law, as there are students in Rockefeller getting their JD/MPA. Not sure of the extent of the partnership or exactly what it entails, but I do know some students are doing it.
  18. http://www.democratandchronicle.com/apps/p...ONTPAGECAROUSEL
  19. Good, I like being on the same side as you D96!..it's much more relaxing than the alternative!
  20. Not wanting to get off on a tangent, but 1yr 8months versus 3yrs is not semantics..and it's not something to 'agree' or 'disagree' with..President Hall died in August 2006, not April 2005. If an employer told you they were giving you a severance package for 3yrs and then only paid you for 1yr 8 months, I'm not sure an 'it's semantics' excuse would be good enough for you. It may not seem like a big deal, but when we're accusing people of not using correct information in this letter or that comment, we should be even more sure that we're using facts..it's only the first step to being taken seriously in discussions about important issues like these. I can understand what you're saying about the 'impact,' but I guess I would suggest saying (yell, I guess typing) what you mean so that people don't start believeing drastically incorrect info. "If nothing else, the University community needs to demand that we obtain the highest quality leadership, and to do so now." uofalbany, I think, and would hope, we all want this. While I don't have inside knowledge of this specific search, I would assume we don't yet have a president in place because the committee members feel that we haven't yet found a candidate with the level of quality leadership that our University demands. And with the current situation within SUNY and NYS, I wouldn't be surprised to know that we're not attracting the highest quality candidates. A president wouldn't know who their boss (the Chancellor) would be and a Chancellor couldn't yet know how one of their bosses (the Governor) will act in terms of the issue of higher education. I don't know how that can attract high quality candidates. The only opposite would be to imply that we don't have a president because people in power (the Search Committee, University Council, SUNY, NYS Government, etc) don't want us to have one. I just don't happen to think that's true. For what it's worth, I would have to assume this person (who's now off the market) would have at least been on the radar for the Chancellorship, which would have helped our situation... http://www.universityofcalifornia.edu/news/article/17517 D96, unfortunately I don't have much direct knowledge of Philip and any legislative appointments. I do know he, and a number of other high-level University staff, were in the LOB meeting with legislators all day before UAlbany Day a few weeks ago. I have no idea who they met with, though. If he hasn't had many 'in office' meetings with legislators, I do agree that would be an area for change. If he hasn't been in there in person, it would obviously be part of their strategy to communicate by others means. In my experience with GR, I think regular in person contact is most effective (especially considering the nearly non-existant travel costs), but I don't know the plan they have. Sorry I couldn't be more helpful with info on that.
  21. I agree with alum73 wholeheartedly. As D96 noted their importance in these types of searches, UAlbany is using Heidrick & Struggles as their Executive Search firm. The committee has already met twice this month and seven times in 2008. UAlbany has been without a permenant president for 1 year and 8 months, not 3 years.
  22. All fair enough. The 'attacks' I refer to are when you, and others, call authors of TU editorials (and the like) traitors, pansies, etc. They aren't necessarily ill-informed or uneducated simply because they view the facts differently than most of us here. We feel that a stadium, outside of the direct benefits to the university, will have some sort of a positive economic impact on the city/region, others feel that it's a poor use of $36 million of taxpayers' money. Both opinions can be true at the same time. Such projects over time across the country have brought positive economic impacts to their area and others have been a complete dud and, in retrospect, a poor use of money. Perhaps the TU prints more 'negative' letters because they get more negative letters...I have no idea. But I don't think it's fair, or productive for that matter, to critisize them, or others, when we don't know the whole situation. I've refrained from being definitive about what roles/experiences I've had to base my knowledge and opinions on, because I think there are benefits to having these discussions here with some degree of anonymity for us all, but I certainly wouldn't want to 'hide' behind that. I recently served on the SUNY Board of Trustees and a couple other governance bodies within SUNY and NYS higher education, and now do government relations work for a national education organization mostly in Albany, but in other state capitals in New England and the Mid-Atlantic as well. I certainly don't claim to know nearly everything and only try to post where I think my thoughts may be beneficial (though I enjoy posting about athletics more!..haha) I hope they are.
  23. Guess I answered my own question..haha. http://blogs.timesunion.com/collegesports/?cat=3
  24. So DP, is that picture of Iati supposed to represent something that we don't yet know about or are you just changing it up a bit?? Inquiring minds would like to know!
  25. Nor was it meant to. But nor, would I suggest, is calling those who disagree (or even simply aren't leading the push for) with $36 million the stadium 'idiots,' 'UAlbany haters,' 'pansies,' 'traitors,' etc. When I, or others, have pointed out that it's this area's lack of targeted committee membership or direct support from specific local legislators or, more simply, POLITICS, the comments were dismissed and replaced with more attacks about unfairness or X person(s) just hates UAlbany and is out to get us. The fact is, those without connections to this school (largely outside of this distrcit/area) don't even have the time or the care to be 'out' to attack us. Your call to DOB confirmed this, so I'm glad your recent posts are encouraging the building of relationships with key legislators instead of simply attacking people who disagree with something we're all passionate about. Glick is a great person and is a strong advocate for SUNY and higher education. LaValle's obviously a critical person to have on our side, though I would think a more forward looking approach would be to start regular communications with Sen. Stavisky as the ranking member, with the possible Senate turnover to a Democratic majority come November/January...assuming she picks up the Chairmanship in that situation, of course.
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