cqphan89 wrote:In truth, in the whole scheme of things, we don't think y'all are rivals. We don't see rivalry the same why y'all do.
Ok. I was just basing my opinion off of the many people who I have met who attended Tech and the many facebook groups devoted to the "rivalry."
cqphan89 wrote:As the top three public schools in the state, we're in the same league
First off, I'm just going to be mean. Hey! Remember the time Tech lost their accredidation? Yea, that was, what, two years ago?
Also, according to USNWR (which as we know is the TLS'ers Bible), UT and A&M are ranked 47 and 64 respectively on the list of National Universities (and on the list of Top Public Schools, 15 and 24, which Tech is not listed on). Tech is listed as an unnumbered Tier 3 along with UT Dallas, which has a lower percentage of acceptances (i.e. more selective) which leads me to believe that if they were ranked, UTD would be the better school.
cqphan89 wrote:near incestuous traditions
This doesn't even make sense. So if I kiss my date (of no relation to myself) at Midnight Yell, I am comitting incest? Interesting point of view.
cqphan89 wrote:but I don't appreciate PDA, especially on national television
Hey! You probably saw me then
cqphan89 wrote:seeing pictures of your Corps (which has no affiliation to the military)
Actually, it does have an affiliation with the military. Maybe if you met a few of the many young men and women who are training to serve our country you would have more respect for them.
I understand some of the things that people say about A&M, but we have this quote "From the outside looking in you can't understand it, and from the inside looking out you can't explain it." I like to think I can look at it from a somewhat open-minded point of view (I went from Brown to A&M, talk about polar opposites). Yes, we have some wierdos, but what school doesn't? I happened to love all of the traditions and while I'm looking forward to something new, my time at A&M was well spent.
1. Sadly, the accreditation issue was an embarrassing situation. But, if you did a little bit of research, you would know we never lost accreditation we were put on probation, which is still terrible but the only reason was because President Whitmore didn't file the proper paperwork. Hence, his dismissal. Our accreditation has been restored , and long before the end of the probationary period.
2. Rankings don't really mean much in undergrad, not as much as specialty rankings. But, clearly you don't know much about funding. The State of Texas currently funds the UT System and TAMU System immensely. The Texas Tech system and the UH and Texas State System does not receive the same caliber of funding that you do. All of our funding is from private donors and from the federal government due to our various research. We're also ranked as the up and coming school to take a look at (also via U.S News and world Report). We also own our respective job market and have very strong networks in the Dallas region, we are on par if not better than Baylor and SMU in various fields.
UT Dallas only has more stringent acceptance rates because they only have specific programs worth anything (engineering). Because of this, they have a smaller demographics thus their statistics are skewed. If you look at different colleges and their acceptance rates,you wouldn't make such a flawed assumptions about the strength of our programs.
Engineering and business we have top 50 programs.
Engineering: A&M Isn't bad but your research doesn't compare to ours. We are working on Nanophotonics which is the future of the "green movement" and is going to save the nation millions of dollars in energy. Research it, it's interesting. We are also the leaders in Wind Science Engineering. We were also selected and have been working with Stanford, MIT and Cal Tech to work in Pulsed Power and Power electronics for the Department of Defense. We're working to save lives.
Business: Among the Top Finance programs in the nation. In 2007 Business Week ranked us as one of the top ten schools that fortune 500 companies prefer to hire from.
Mass Communications: We have the top 10 colleges in the nation. We are the only program in the state and one of the few in the naton were every single of of our mass comm majors are completely accredited and ranked. We also have the top 10 PUblic Relatiosn programs in the nation and the King of PR Research (via PRSA). We have the nations top research in advertising, brain and cognitive sciences focusing on sensory movement. UT and A&M has been trying to steal several of our Mass Comm professors for the past few years.
Architecture: Top 2 programs in the nation. We also have unique accelerated programs.
International Programs: We one of the top universities in the nation for study abroad opportunities and we are better known internationally than within the respective region. We have campuses in Germany and Spain and we have extension campuses all over the world. We also have more than 200 distance education centers.
We also have the largest Viet Nam War archive in the WORLD. We have the second largest conglomerate of material related to Southeast Asia wars in the world, second to the U.S
Health Science Center: One of the top medical programs in the nation and is ranked as the 2nd best place to work at in the state of Texas. Nursing program is one of the unique 10 programs offering a PhD in nursing. We have a top 15 Allied Health Program... etc.
On top of this, we are the largest continuous campus in the nation with the law school, med school, grad school right on campus with the undergrad. For an undergrad this is the BEST opportunity and that's why we can offer a lot of accelerated and unique duel degree programs that most schools cannot.
I could continue on and go into further detail. If you're going to try to talk shit about Tech academics, you should do some research about our programs.
4) Tech, UT and A&M are pretty much on par with one another. Some programs are stronger at one school over anotehr but at the end of the day, we're fairly similar. We are the leading contender to be the third flagship of Texas and when we get it and start receiving the same caliber of funding that y'all do, it'll be a different story. Already we're acquiring a lot of your schools. In the next ten years you better believe that West Texas A&M will no longer be in your system nor will UTEP and the schools in the same elk. We already aquired Angelo State from the Texas State System and we're in negotations for more schools. Basically, rankings don't say much, especially if you take a closer look at how schools are analyzed. Location, diversity, acceptance rate (which, recently we had a lower acceptance rate than A&M), etc.
5) The incestuous behavior had nothing to do with Midnight Yell. Midnight Yell is definitely trashy, but that's my opinion, but the incestuous behavior goes way beyond that. I should call a UT person to come in and explain to you because I couldn't do it without being a bitch. Your activities are very questionable. Maybe it's not fair for me to judge because my main experience with your interesting behavior stems from the various conferences that I've attended with TAMU kids. From the people who attend conferences from TAMU, you have no respect for anyone, you are rude, and activities are really gross, I have seen some really sketch things and I'm from soCal. Given, it's only a small quantity of students each time but after awhile, it seems to represent a good portion of TAMU students. Gross. I don't want to post pictures because they're personal individuals but I will.
6) This is the PDA that I'm not okay with.
7) Actually, I am friends with a lot of people in the military and I have a lot of close friends who are currently stationed all around the world. I have the most respect and love for our men and women in the military. What I don't like about A&M is that you act as if your "corps" is similar to a true military school like Westpoint, Naval Academy, etc. which is an insult to these amazing schools. I'm also not okay with the TAMU holier than thou attitude as if your Corps is really something special, when it's similar to an ROTC program, at best. Which is respectable but not at the same caliber as true military schools I personally would argue (because I'm biased) that our ROTC/AFROTC programs are slightly stronger than yours, but that's my biased belief. We do have one of the top Military Science degrees in the nation, among other things.
I'm glad that you enjoyed yourself at TAMU, it's a good school and for those who can attend, it's great for them. I probably attacked too soon. But I don't like when people go onto another schools thread and makes negative inferences about the school, when they don't know much if anything about the programs. The fact that Tech is my alma mater, you better believe I'm not okay with it. I know this was a long post but, when someone attacks, I definitely counter.