April 5th, 2003

2013

absolutely pathetic

"Besides Oklahoma, Memphis and Utah State also have 0 percent [graduation] rates. Other NCAA Tournament men's teams that might be in trouble if the system was in place today include Louisville and Missouri (each at 10 percent), Alabama and Colorado (13 percent), Arizona and Cal (15 percent), LSU and Cincinnati (17 percent), Utah (20 percent), and last year's national champion, Maryland (14 percent).

Of this year's Final Four teams in New Orleans, only two teams graduated more than half of their players: Marquette (69 percent) and Kansas (70 percent). Texas has a 38 percent graduation rate, while Syracuse has the lowest rate, at 25 percent." - Tom Farrey
at ESPN.com


There's no other way to describe those graduation rates. Anything less than 50%, in my opinion, should call for the denial of that program to compete in any post-season type play plus forfeiture of all scholarships. With rates that low, it's obvious academic learning isn't happening. Hopefully, some type of punishment system for low rates will be inacted soon.
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2013

friday five (http://www.fridayfive.org)

I haven't done one of these for a while now...
1. How many houses/apartments have you lived in throughout your life?
Four so far. Three houses in Merced: Birth to 6 months old was on 25th St - central part of town. 6 months to 5 yrs old on Cabbot St - out in the western boonies. 5yrs to 18 yrs old on Loughborough Dr - the northside. Then, 18yrs to the present here in an apartment in southside Barstow.

2. Which was your favorite and why?
The one on Loughborough. When we first moved there it was a new subdivision and all the backyards were pretty much still fields with high grass and all kinds of bugs, especially ladybugs and crickets. Tons of them actually. The neighborhood racially was pretty mixed. There weren't that many kids to play with there though - or at least that we wanted to. The house was also close enough to my junior high school to walk to it, and the high school for me to bike to it. Little things about that house come to mind over the years. Like how the door knock would rattle when planes taking off from Castle Air Force Base would fly overhead. How the bus stop for Franklin Elementary school was at the corner of our lot. The backyard my dad was always saying he was going to fix up but never did (he eventually just put spa within a gazebo back there with just a few plants.)

3. Do you find moving house more exciting or stressful? Why?
Neither. On one hand it gives you the opportunity to explore all the junk you've bought over the years and have fun with the stuff. But then there's usually so much crap accumulated you think about paying someone to do it for you.

4. What's more important, location or price?
Forced to say, I'd go with location but honestly is a balancing act.

5. What features does your dream house have (pool, spa bath, big yard, etc.)?
I tend to spend my time indoors so the big yard and such aren't a big priority with me. What I want are lots of rooms. One for a office/library, one for a home gym (yeah, I know. It'll be covered with spider webs and dust), another one for a media center/screening room. A huge kitchen with a big walk-in pantry would be quite spiffy too.
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