Grew up in BG, but I rarely make it back to 43402, as my parents while still there, spend time down south also. Almost didn't recognize Chip because last time I saw him, his hair was umm, darker. He sold the Dairy Queen that his family owned a few years ago. Oh well, I can understand why he wants to cash in his chips.
Didn't Urban turn down Notre Dame when they ended up hiring Brian Kelly? He was at Florida at the time, if I remember correctly. If he really wanted ND, why didn't he jump then? For that reason, I don't see him jumping to them. That bridge has been crossed.
You also need to understand that there is a Southern culture, and you are a Yankee. I speak with experience. Non-OSU daughter went south to an SEC school. She had to get adjusted to it. Are you interested in joining a fraternity? Alabama is a very big Greek school. When you visit, you might want to really pay attention to the vibes you feel while there. Do they feel good, or do you want to get the heck out of there quickly?
I get the dollars aspect, it is a huge issue these days. You really don't want to saddle yourself or parents with too much debt. And if you really want to get out of Ohio and go someplace, then Alabama might be a better fit for you. Now, that being said, do you hope to come back to Ohio after graduation? If so, an Alabama degree might not get you in as many doors as an OSU degree will. Not to mention, you will not make the same connections being out of state for 4 years. And these days, connections and internships often give you a leg up. But if you are flexible as to where you go post graduation, that point might be moot.
Have you called the OSU scholarship office? Let them know that you have a full ride to Alabama, they might up your scholarship $$. It does happen.
Good luck! It is a big decision.
I didn't mind the Mean Streak, as I couldn't handle going upside down on a coaster, gave me a nice case of vertigo every time, ugh. So yes, I became the one who held everybody's stuff while sitting on a bench near whatever coaster the others were riding. Did get some good people watching in though, I guess.
What absolute jerks. What in the hell were they thinking? Sumlin also deserves heat for this, as these are his coaches. I guess he never thought to review their chalk talk before the session. Humphhh. I wonder if the AD has Tom Herman's agent on speed dial?
What in the hell were they thinking? Do these coaches not have wives, sisters, mothers or daughters? If my brother had put together this crap I would have told him he was an effing idiot. And an ass to boot. Quite frankly, I will put some of the blame on Sumlin also for not reviewing their "chalk talk" before the session. After all, those coaches were representing the football program and the university.
Regarding those with PTSD, the big all news radio station in DC was asking people who would be hosting their own private, albeit illegal, fireworks display this weekend to please let the neighbors know, as there are a number of military veterans in this area dealing with PTSD. I can't remember ever having heard that request in previous years.
Way, WAY back when I was in middle school, my mom drove my best friend and me to the old Toledo Sports Arena, where we saw ZZ Top and Alice Cooper, back when Alice was with his original band, they had hit the big time. ZZ Top had not yet hit the charts, that was to come later that year, nor had they started to grow those beards. We came to see Alice Cooper, so who the hell was this not quite country not quite rock band? They sucked. They may have had a great set, but we couldn't care less about their music, so, they sucked. The crowd that night was very rowdy, not a good sign. Alice Cooper came on, finally, with lots of stuff being thrown on the stage. After a couple of songs, some idiot threw a lit firecracker onstage. It went off, the band immediately dropped their instruments and exited the stage, never to return. What made it worse was that the emcee came on the stage to say that they would be back if we all calmed down, so everyone waited, then waited some more, more pronouncements from the stage, until they told us the concert was cancelled and it would be rescheduled at a later date. I guess that made sense, as had they cancelled the show immediately after the band left the stage, the crowd probably would have torn the arena apart. And, as far as I know, they never came back to Toledo.
Yup, UNC's women beat Maryland also.
While I have not cruised, my parents have done a few of them, including river cruises. The river cruises were some of their very favorite trips, cruise or otherwise, and they have gone all over the world. The river cruises that they were on included locals (usually college professors/chefs/art historians) who talked about the history of the area, the cuisine, the art, etc. That then set them up for some great local expeditions to see museums, castles, historic sites, breweries, etc. My mom, who is definitely not into museums, absolutely loved it, and had a great time checking out the local sites. The rooms on the ship were well appointed, and the food was fabulous. But a lot of people would rather stick knitting needles in their eyeballs than do that kind of cruise, as they would rather do the more traditional cruise on a ship with pools and other activities. It just depends on what kind of cruise you want to have.
I heard the same thing, that their concerts were visually boring, there was very little interaction with the audience, no talk between songs, as they just kind of plowed through them. I read that Ric Ocasek hated touring, so this doesn't surprise me. But man, they made great records.
The Cars are another favorite band of mine. Love Drive, sung by the late Benjamin Orr, he had a really beautiful voice. The video for it started Paulina Porizkova, the model, who then became his wife.
One of my all time favorite groups. Saw them twice in Cleveland. They were quite the showmen-Keith with his piano rotating end over end as he played it, Carl with his spinning drums, and Greg with his Persian carpet. This was before the huge staged and tightly scripted shows that are commonplace these days. They actually took some heat for it, as at that point, most groups did not have a terribly evolved light show, or stage presence. Bowie, ELP, and even bands like Alice Cooper were changing the stage dynamic, making a concert into more of a staged event as compared to guys up on stage just singing and playing. Such tremendous talent. Sigh.
I'm glad we promoted an OSU guy who, to this onlooker, did a great job this past season. There was quite a din and a hue over the candidates the first go round, since none of them were from OSU, if I recall. Pres. Drake did not handle that one very well, but it seems that it turned out ok in the end. Will be interested to see how the TBDBITL alumni feel about it.
Back in the day in the 70's, OSU had a rolling admissions policy because at that point it was a state mandate. If I recall correctly, you had to have a certain high school GPA and certain core classes. Not all state supported universities had that same requirement. Not sure why. Miami of Ohio wasn't required to have the same policy, so, consequently, it was more selective, and had a stronger academic reputation within Ohio. Ohio State also had something like a 46 percent graduation rate because admitted students found out that yeah, practically anyone who met the requirements and applied early enough could get in, but being able to keep up academically was something entirely else. (Memories of the dreaded Accounting and Computer Science Cobol Programming(yeah, Cobol and damned paper punch cards, shudder) classes rise up in my mind.) At some point, OSU was able to convince the legislature to change the admissions requirements so that OSU could be more selective in accepting new students, and compete academically on a national level.
OSU daughter graduated from OSU a couple of years ago- I went to a number of functions sponsored by her organization, and the largest topic of discussion was usually OSU's ever increasing selectivity, and how a lot of us alumni probably would not have been admitted with current selections standards. The other topic was usually discussing bars and retail establishments that we frequented that were no longer there like Papa Joe's, the Bergs, Longs, and how Short North had been significantly gentrified after we left.
Oh, and fyi, a 29 ACT score is in the top 7 percent, and is analogous to a 1950 (no writing portion) SAT. Not half bad.
Love lacrosse. OSU daughter played, and I have very fond memories of driving her all over the Northeast in the summer to club tournaments (no, really, it was great, as we had some really good conversations while driving the zillion hours to New Jersey or upstate New York from Northern Virginia.) Started watching men's lacrosse and love it too. We usually catch a Navy game each season. Such fun. Intend to also catch the OSU games at Maryland and JHU depending on weather.
It will be interesting to see who steps up scoring wise for the Bucks this year.
OSU daughter graduated in 2012 and was greek, and always enjoyed Casino Night, as did her sisters and others from the various sororities. Nothing better than having a fabulous time for a great cause!
Gotta believe that he has a bright future, he is bright, personable, has a great tv presence, and is a good looking guy, just ask us ladies. Looking forward to seeing him on the national scene at some point.
And I do miss Anderson's. You can go in there on a Fall Saturday morning and see a mix of OSU, TSUN, BGSU and U Toledo jerseys, with no one coming to blows.
I would say Tito's and orange juice, but I forgot to get orange juice on my last grocery store run before Snowzilla-looking at close to 30 inches of snow by Sunday morning, aaauuuggghhhhhh. Going to have to shovel a poop path for the dog tomorrow morning. And then shovel one again a few hours later. Then another one...
I loved OSU so much and thought so highly of the academic program in my college that my husband and I paid out of state tuition for OSU Daughter to go here. T'ain't cheap, yikes.
It was not a known tradition way back int he early 80's when I was there either. According to wikipedia, ..."Even though students have jumped into Mirror Lake according to tradition since 1969, the modern tradition started in 1990 when Jim Jones led a parade of students on a traditional march around campus.At the end of the parade — at Mirror Lake — students made the celebratory jump." I believe I read somewhere that members of the OSU Marching Band were the ones that started the parade.
OOPS! Looks like Arossthefield11 pulled the same info and beat me to the punch!