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Law, culture, and Catholicism...up in smoke!

Sunday, April 29, 2012

2013 U.S. News Rankings

I know the fact that this year's U.S. News rankings are out is old news, but I saw the stats the other day and I thought that I'd post them, since we usually post about the U.S. News Rankings every year. (Last year's post about the rankings is here. See the comments for the stats.) It's interesting to note that this is AMSL's first US News rankings with Florida bar passage stats instead of Michigan bar passage stats. How do the rankings compare with last year's? About the same: there's a marginal improvement in lawyer-judge assessment, 75% GPA, and employment rate; and a marginal decline in 25% GPA, 25% LSAT, student/faculty ratio, and bar passage rate.

Peer assessment: 1.2
Lawyer/judge assessement: 1.6
25-75%GPA: 2.79-3.48
25-75%LSAT: 146-153
Acceptance rate: 54%
Student/faculty ratio: 19.3
Employed 9 months after graduation: 65.5%
School bar passage rate: 65.4% (Overall: 78% in FL)

Fumed by Thales at 5:00 PM. |

Monday, February 20, 2012

Gyrene Burger: Now With Drinks!

Ave Herald has a great article about Gyrene Burger with a couple of awesome pictures of Tom Monaghan in the Gyrene Burger military fatigues uniform. The big news: you can now get a Coke or Diet Coke with your burger! (Being able to get a drink with your meal is a no-brainer to me, but not to Monaghan. In the article, it kind of sounds like he would ditch the drinks if his volume was high. Huh?)

Wonder what a Gyrene burger is like? Here's a detailed food review courtesy of the Naples News.

Fumed by Thales at 4:13 PM. |

Friday, January 20, 2012

Ave Maria Law Student Charged With Attempted Murder

This horrifying story needs its own post. Ave Maria School of Law student Robert Ringley is charged with attempted murder and with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, for his actions towards two fellow Ave Maria Law classmates. In a drunken rage, the accused took a gun, forced his two classmates on to their knees and threatened to kill them, and actually shot at one (but fortunately missed).

The Naples News has all the details. He's being held on a $1 million bond.

Above the Law has three articles with lots more details and information:
First, an article about the incident and a copy of the arrest report.
Second, some personal information about the accused.
Third, copies of emails sent by Dean Milhizer about the situation.

According to Dean Milhizer's emails, Ringley has "permanently withdrawn" from AMSOL and is barred from campus. But the Naples News reported that in August 2010, Ringley was convicted of a misdemeanor DUI and sentenced to 12 months' probation and 50 hours of community service hours. Did AMSOL know about this?

Fumed by Thales at 10:43 AM. |

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

More Gyrene Burger

I've been alerted in the comments to another Naples News article about Gyrene Burger. The article has new details about the venture:
The new fast-food concept will offer two types of burgers, with no substitutions: The classic with ketchup, mustard and pickle and the deluxe with lettuce, tomato and mayonnaise. Each will cost about $6. Both burgers will have double Angus beef patties, plus cheese and bacon.
One of their latest ideas is to put the delivery drivers on scooters to ensure they don't speed. The scooters will be rugged-looking to match Gyrene Burger's military theme. Deliveries will only be made 1.5 miles from the store and drivers will carry only one order at a time.
I like this line:
Monaghan's protege, Adrian Martinez, who will be the manager of the first store, said the concept is constantly evolving. "No good idea is dismissed," he said.
Finally, a small revealing glimpse into what makes Tom Monaghan tick:
As word has spread about his new venture, Monaghan said some have questioned him about whether it will work, especially with only two choices on the menu. "We'll make it work," he said, adding that an accountant once told him he couldn't make any money in the pizza delivery business.
Good luck with the business! Our Florida readers will have to give us a full review when the store opens on December 12.

Fumed by Thales at 1:19 PM. |

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

2011 Ave Maria Law Alumni Board Elections

The Ave Maria Law Alumni Board Elections have started. Here's an open thread for discussion on the candidates, etc.

Fumed by Thales at 2:48 PM. |

Monday, November 21, 2011

Marine Corps Birthday and Gyrene Burger

The Ave Herald has a report of the Marine Corps Birthday party organized at Ave Maria University. Gyrene Burgers were served, and they were a hit!

An interesting excerpt from the article:
[Monaghan] has two stores planned to open in the next few months in Naples, and hopes to build a franchise business. At first, he said, he will offer franchises "exclusively to former Marine Corps officers and Ave Maria University graduates." "The venture is to provide funds for Ave Maria University," Mr. Monaghan said, "And I hope it is as successful as the pizza business was for me."
So we've got a birthday party for the Marines held on Ave Maria's campus, at a yearly ball to raise scholarship funds for Marine veterans to attend Ave Maria, with a menu served by Gyrene Burger, which is styled and named after the Marines and which shares the same name as Ave Maria's school name and mascot (which in turn is a mascot that looks like that of the Marines), and which are going to be created at franchises operated only by Marines or Ave Maria graduates (at least at first), in order to fund Ave Maria. I used to be sad about this identity crisis, but now I'm just completely amused. There is an underlying common denominator here, but I'll let you guess what (or better yet, who) that is.

Fumed by Thales at 10:08 AM. |

Thursday, October 13, 2011

Towey Inauguration and Catholic Recognition at AMU

Jim Towey was recently inaugurated as the new president of Ave Maria University. On the same occasion, local Bishop Frank Dewane recognized AMU as a Catholic university. An excerpt of Towey's inaugural address is here.

Discuss away!

Fumed by Thales at 11:06 AM. |

Monday, September 26, 2011

Coming soon: Gyrene Hamburger!

Tom Monaghan has another business venture, reports the Naples News: gourmet hamburgers. Here's an excerpt, but the whole article is a must-read.
He calls his new venture Gyrene Hamburger. The name gyrene is given to Ave Maria's sports teams. It's a nickname for a Marine, thought to have come from a combination of "GI" and "Marine."

In the 1950s, Monaghan spent three years in the Marine Corps. Suiting its name, the new hamburger business will have a warrior-like feel. Employees will wear camouflage uniforms and the store, he promises, will be as spotless as barracks. The drivers will be known as gyrene joggers and the managers will be captains. There will be an extensive training program, called the burger boot camp.

"Everybody is going to be referred to as sir or ma'am," Monaghan said of his customers. "Then we're going to salute you, and you're going to be on your way."

No surprise, he’s already thinking about growing the business.

"We will franchise, but not immediately," a confident Monaghan said. "This first store is a test. If there’s anyone who knows how to grow an organization it's me."

He thinks the business could be even bigger than Domino's one day, with 6,000 stores in the U.S. alone, and that many or more in the rest of the world.

Gyrene Hamburger will only sell hamburgers, which will make the operation run more efficiently and speed delivery. There will be no sides and no drinks.

There will be two hamburger choices, with each burger costing a little less than $6: The classic with ketchup, mustard and pickle and the deluxe with lettuce, tomato and mayonnaise. Both hamburgers will have double Angus beef patties, plus cheese and bacon.

"That's it. No substitutes," Monaghan said.

Asked how he would compete with the big hamburger chains, like McDonald's and Burger King, he said: "Our edge is delivery."

Fumed by Thales at 9:40 AM. |

Saturday, September 24, 2011

"Sending Tom Daily Reports"

Does anyone still think that Tom Monaghan is only a donor, and not the one who governs Ave Maria? Ave Herald has an article with a revealing comment from former AMU president Nick Healy:
Mr. Healy had just started his second retirement, and during the course of the conversation, Mr. Monaghan asked him to assume the role of president himself - just for a year.

"It started as 'interim,' then became 'indefinite'," Mr. Healy said, as efforts to recruit another president were unsuccessful.

"Traditional academics might not like the structure - like sending Tom daily reports," Mr. Healy said.

Fumed by Thales at 6:28 PM. |

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Ave Law Bar Passage Rate For July 2011

The July 2011 Florida Bar results are out. The Florida Board of Bar Examiners has not yet posted the statistics, but this site and this site are reporting the following:

[UPDATE. The Florida Board of Bar Examiners has confirmed the statistics (though there is a minor discrepancy for the number of Florida State passers.) I'll use the Florida Board's statistics, and add the statistic for non-Florida law schools.]

Florida International University, 89.6% (120 of 134)

University of Florida, 89.1% (285 of 320)

Florida State University, 88.3% (182 of 206)

Stetson University, 87.7% (185 of 211)

Nova Southeastern University, 87.4% (201 of 230)

University of Miami, 82.6% (237 of 287)

FLORIDA LAW SCHOOLS, 82.2% (1694 of 2062)

ALL LAW SCHOOLS, 80.1% (2314 of 2890)

St. Thomas University, 77.9% (113 of 145)

NON-FLORIDA LAW SCHOOLS, 74.9% (620 of 828)

Florida Coastal, 74.6% (179 of 240)

Barry University, 70.3% (104 of 148)

Florida A&M University, 65.3% (77 of 118)

Ave Maria, 47.8% (11 of 23)


It's interesting to compare these results with those of last year.

UPDATE: From the comment thread, a news article about Ave Maria's results with comments from Professor Charlie Rice.

Fumed by Thales at 3:01 PM. |

Sunday, June 19, 2011

Do I still have posting privileges here?

Just checking. I've been sorta out of the loop, so I figured I'd check to make sure this forum was still available to me if I wanted to opine on some major topic. the 2012 elections are coming up, after all...

Fumed by AMSOL Pioneer at 8:51 PM. |

Thursday, May 05, 2011

Jury Finds Against Monaghan In Ave Maria College Whistleblower Suit

From the Detroit News: "A Washtenaw County jury Wednesday awarded almost $418,000 to a former Ave Maria College administrator who sued the school for firing her in retaliation for cooperating with federal investigators who found financial aid violations."

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

2012 U.S. News Rankings - AMSL Still At Bottom

This year's U.S. News Rankings are out. Yes, AMSL is still Tier 4.

Tax Prof Blog has a list of the most interesting factor, peer reputation, as this marks a law school's reputation in the law school community. If you recall, AMSL's reputation has steadily dropped over the years, until last year's ignominious results, when AMSL dropped to 1.2 out of 5.0 -- and was the only school in the country to hold that lowest score.

What about this year? No improvement. AMSL remains at 1.2. But fortunately for those who are "positively-Ave-Maria", it doesn't look as bad this year, since there are three other schools at 1.2: Barry dropped from 1.3 to 1.2, while Liberty and Phoenix are two newly-accredited law schools who are debuting in the U.S. News at 1.2.

What about the other stats? Anyone have any observations?

Fumed by Thales at 9:35 AM. |

Friday, February 25, 2011

Marco Rubio At 2011 Ave Maria Law Commencement

The Naples News reports that Marco Rubio will be the 2011 commencement speaker at Ave Maria School of Law in May. That is great news for Ave Maria -- Rubio is obviously a big name and an exciting conservative politician. From the Naples News:
Rubio was asked to speak, according to a press release, because of his accomplishments as an attorney and statesman, his faithfulness to the teachings of the Catholic Church and his recognition as a rising figure in American politics.
Since I'm not sure that Rubio is a practicing Catholic, I don't think that he should be lauded as being faithful to the teachings of the Catholic Church. Don't get me wrong - I think Rubio is great - but let's be careful praising him for Catholic fidelity if that is not the case.

Fumed by Thales at 2:31 PM. |