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MSU fans/alumni are not likely to give an objective review of anything related to UM.
I like AA, and always had fun visiting friends there when I was a student at MSU. I never liked how campus and city were interwoven and prefer the distinction between campus and city that you get at MSU. MSU is more of a park/arboretum type setting (at least North campus) whereas UM is much more urban.
Minnesota - went there in August and I thought it was pretty cool...didn't have the feel of a campus. It was the summer before TCF Bank Stadium opened but that area looked cool.
Penn State - The actual campus reminded me of MSU. Older buildings and College Avenue is like Grand River. Beaver Stadium is quite a ways away though.
Wisconsin - Visited Madison after visiting Minnesota and maybe it's because of the heat but I wasn't too impressed. I want to go again and for a football game - would probably change my opinion.
Indiana - Went to Bloomington for the football game this year and had a blast. Kind of reminded me of Ann Arbor but I liked it a great deal.
Illinois - Didn't really get a good look. Passed through on the way back from St. Louis and remember there not being anything. This was also almost 10 years ago.
Michigan - As a town it kicks East Lansing's ass. As a campus, there's really no redeeming qualities other than The Diag.
Northwestern - Beautiful and Ivy League feeling. Didn't get a chance to check out Evanston (went there on Sunday morning and not much was open).
Also been to USC, UCLA, Duke, UNC, NCSU, UPenn, Harvard and those were all pretty cool. The worst was probably USC because it's in a terrible area.
I'm surprised at how strong and consistent the sentiment "campus and town should not mix" is here.
Like, the main campus is pretty self contained in a tight little square. There are businesses around both Michigan and Michigan State, there just aren't big lawns between the streets and the buildings in Ann Arbor. Grand River is like South U or State St., except you have to walk further from the academic buildings to get to the shops, bars, etc.
So in a nutshell, Michigan's campus stinks because the Ricks and Jimmy Johns are right next to the campus rather than across a lawn next to campus?
Besides MSU I've been to football games at:
Eh, I don't hate it, I just prefer the way MSU is set up. Like McCrackin said, MSU's campus feels like more of a park than just another part of the city. I like that.
College town, yes. Campus? As far as schools in the Midwest, I think it's gotta be up there. It's nice enough that sometimes I enjoy walking to class. I absolutely love this place during the spring, after everything has turned green and the co-eds are tanning anywhere they can find a patch of grass. I'm getting all teary eyed thinking about it.
They probably thought you guys were the Indiana football team and that's why they let you play.
Due to my job I have been to all of the Big Ten schools and most likely over 100 others.
I would have to rank the top schools as:
1. UNC Amazing campus, looks like it was placed in the middle of a state park
2. UVA The history just is amazing there and at the base of the mountains
3. Stanford Everyone should visit if ever given the chance.
4. West Point Very small but a great place to visit.
Top Big Ten would be IU, NW and MSU.
1. Tenn There is a train yard and a waste water treatment plant on campus and it separates the baseball field from the softball field
2. EMU When your school is famous for a large brick watertower....
MSU, NU, Wisky, scUM, O$U, Maryland
Why would you be surprised, if we all went to MSU, then maybe us liking that distinction is a reason why we loved MSUs campus and chose to go to MSU. I think it's just that you really need to consider the campus and town separately, and with some colleges they are the same, so grade them the same, then it just comes down to preference if you prefer them together or not. I do not, I love the distinction.
As far as campus, I think MSU is amazing, I love it, and I think the beauty and layout and nature is some of the best in the country. To prove my point that it's not just bias, I have posted aerial and campus photography of MSU online on reddit and the like a few times and gotten a lot of positive feedback on it. People absolutely loved old campus, the way the sidewalks interweave like crazy, the buildings, I don't think we exaggerate how beautiful old campus is to those who enjoy campuses set within nature. The buildings on our campus are good but not the best, the older ones need better upkeep and the newer ones are randomly themed. So lots of campuses do this better than us, especially even within the Collegiate Gothic theme that was have going on on old campus, but lot's of those are set on very predictable campuses, kinda like Purdue who's campus doesn't really have anything ugly about it, just nothing is attractive.
For the town, yeah, East Lansing isn't amazing, it would never compete with towns like Madison or Columbus, or even AA just for the town part of it. It doesn't help that the town doesn't at all cater to the students or the college that gives it it's life by pushing out all the local businesses and turning it into chain restaurant after chain restaurant. I think in the next 10 years or so EL will improve drastically, with some of the high scale apartments and multiuse buildings going in, I think it will see a lot of improvement. Really if the GR and Albert corridor just gets a facelift I think it will be great, I don't think it needs to be huge, just improved within it's current footprint, I love the close proximity of the neighborhoods of collegetown houses.
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Ann Arbor is definitely a cooler town than East Lansing, but I like the MSU campus much better than the UM campus (mostly because there isn't a campus per se... it's just a bunch of random academic buildings sprinkled in a city).
That's also why I like campuses like UCLA and Northwestern--they're self-contained and you can clearly tell where the campus ends and where the city begins. It also allows for much nicer green open areas.
Been to them all except for Nebraska. Going to see them next year. After we graduated, we all made it a point to get together for one MSU road game every year. Great boys weekend idea and kind of kept everyone together after graduation.
Never been on:
Sometimes ya gotta call 'em like you see 'em. I've had a great time in AA every time I've been there. Of course, almost all of those times have had MSU fans there as well.
MSU, UM, Illinois, Wisconsin, Northwestern, Nebraska, OSU
planning on Iowa 10/5/13
Seriously though, fuck Roy Williams. I hate that guy so much.
MSU, UM, Wisconsin, Minnesota, Ohio State, Purdue, Indiana, Iowa, Northwestern
Purdue (football game. God awful place)
IU (tour campus in high school)
Minny (Oasis concert)
Nebraska (before Big Ten membership)
Penn State (Springsteen concert)
Northwestern (hoops and football games)
Wisconsin (lived in Madison)
Illinois (buddy went to law school there)
Rutgers (lacrosse match)
I've been to too many schools to name outside of the Big Ten. My favorite campuses are Loyola Marymount, Columbia, Colorado and Washington. Worst were Cincinnati (under a lot of construction at the time though), LIU-Brooklyn and SUNY-Albany. Worst college town outside of West Lafayette was Pullman (Washington State).
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"If you have the right to be offended I have the right to offend you." - Ricky Gervais
you'd be surprised by some of the Ivy's. Yes, architecture is stunning but the campus itself isn't all that great. I've been to Columbia, Harvard, Penn, Yale and Princeton and MSU, IU, PSU are better, IMO. Columbia's is probably the best of the 5 Ivy's I've been to.
Happy Valley is really cool on gameday. I loved it.
I've been everywhere except Nebraska.
I don't really think Harvard's campus is that great. Cambridge is pretty cool though.
I spent a weekend partying at Cornell once. Had an awesome time, but didn't think the campus was really anything special.
I will say, University of Chicago has a pretty stunning campus. I know it's not Ivy League, but it's on that level.
MSU, UW, IU, PU, NW, UI, some OSU and uofm.. Drove by PSU on way home from Harrisburg.
University of Chicago. I thought I was the only one.
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