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U of Texas - Austin / .
« on: August 02, 2006, 05:11:32 PM »
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General Off-Topic Board / Wikipedia cited
« on: June 30, 2006, 10:43:26 AM »
For my first-ever Off-topic thread, a response to a funny from the poster formerly known as Nesnut (who I never chatted with but who made me laugh pretty regularly.)

"according to Mark Giangrande, editor of Tech Law Prof Blog, Westlaw indicates that 20 federal courts have cited Wikipedia in opinions"

http://lawprofessors.typepad.com/law_librarian_blog/2006/06/wikipedia_found.html

I think it would be hilarious to site Wikipedia in court-

"now your honor, as you can see, Wiki username "Sexybiatch4evr" argues that criminal intent without the means to commit a murder is not enough to  convict.  "ROFLhotstuffpwn3d" disagrees, arguing that the motive and opportunity were still present, thereby leaving a question of circumstantial evidence open in lieu of a conviction.  Perhaps "Sexxyeyezl8r2nite" sums it up best: "killing people is bad juju".

I rest my case. [nesnut sits, courtroom silent with awe/spite for wasting their time]

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Affirmative Action / .
« on: March 27, 2006, 08:59:04 PM »
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Financial Aid / Northwestern
« on: March 22, 2006, 02:03:33 PM »
For next year's applicants, I just wanted to post that I got a letter this week (March 20) from Northwestern saying they'd already given out all their grants.  It also asked to let them know by email if I still wanted to be considered for grants as withdrawals came in, and that if I did I'd hear about a final award before the seat deposit deadline (i.e. during the week of April 21.)  So - if they don't really want you, they might let you know in March.

I withdrew, so I don't have any info about other aid.  There are posts from last cycle from folks talking about getting their final aid offers (including institutional loans) later - in late March or early April, I think.

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Non-Traditional Students / Cornell study on "The motherhood penalty"
« on: February 21, 2006, 09:50:09 PM »
I thought some other non-trads, 'specially mothers, would find this interesting.  I did consider posting it in general news discussion, but I thought it might get missed.

"Women with children are less likely to get hired and are paid less in starting salaries than similarly qualified fathers or women without children. This disparity often follows them throughout their careers."
http://www.azcentral.com/families/articles/0216momswork0216.html

Via a post at author Marrit Ingram's blog:
"Melissa Hart, an associate law professor at the University of Colorado who specializes in employment discrimination, correctly points out that while workers without children are concerned about the "special breaks" parents get on the job (such as time off with a sick child--because you know we get limitless amounts of that), we're all getting f****d over together when our employer feels (and is largely entitled by law) to our time, effort, energy, and labor around-the-clock."
http://www.suite102.com/baldo/archives/2006/02/index.html#001527

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