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Pretty self-explanatory- I just recieved an e-Vite for WashU's Admitted Students Day Friday, March 24, 9:00am to 4:30pm, with a Dinner Reception the night prior.  I quickly RSVP'd, and I'm wondering if anyone else is attending... it'd be nice to have a pack of LSD hounds on the grounds.

Anyhow- post here if you're going to the event!

The following reads like a non-representative class action lawsuit, and I know many folks who were not included in the lawsuit, but should have been.  The question that I have, can members of a potential class sue the class which was awarded a settlement for exclusion?  Obviously, if EA is no longer liable following the settlement, other potential class members cannot sure the studio, and class members weren't approached to join the class.  Yet another reason why lack of unionization in electronics artistry is a major concern.

The text follows:

 EA settles labor-dispute lawsuit
Publisher will shell out $15.6 million to clear the docket of Kirshenbaum v. EA, as judge expected to OK settlement shortly.

A San Mateo Superior Court judge is expected to soon approve a negotiated settlement between former Electronic Arts employee Jamie Kirshenbaum (and others) and Electronic Arts. The case, Jamie Kirshenbaum vs. Electronic Arts, Inc., was previously filed in court on July 29, 2004.

In a statement released after trading had concluded in New York today, EA alerted investors to the settlement.

In the complaint, Kirshenbaum alleged that EA had "improperly classified some of its employees, including 'animators,' 'modelers,' 'texture artists,' 'lighters,' 'background effects artists,' and 'environmental artists' as exempt from overtime, and therefore failed to pay those employees overtime compensation."

Kirshenbaum's initial complaint sought to establish a "class" that could press its claims for back pay against Electronic Arts. The settlement today renders the complaint moot in the eyes of the law, but by any standard, Kirshenbaum has come out on top.

The terms of the settlement will see Electronic Arts pay out $15.6 million, to be distributed to all class members and plaintiffs' attorneys. A portion of that $15.6 million will go directly to the named plaintiffs (Kirshenbaum, Mark West, Eric Kearns, and Gianni Aliotti) as well as into a fund to cover all administrative costs. The case will be dismissed as a result.

EA says any portion of the settlement fund that is not claimed by the class will go to the Jackie Robinson Foundation, nonprofit organization that awards college scholarships to minority students.

Today's settlement brings a notorious chapter in EA's labor relations to a legal close--a chapter first brought to light by the blog of the "EA Spouse", which outlined working conditions within EA. Though they preceded the publicity surrounding the Kirshenbaum complaint, the EA Spouse's posts were covered by many outlets, including the New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, and others that dug deep to uncover alleged inequities.

That said, there remains an undercurrent of discontent among some current and former members of the extended EA family. In this month's Wired magazine, a letter to the editor written in response to a recent article about EA's efforts in Hollywood commented on the publisher's treatment of its employees. "The story didn't mention EA's decision to move hundreds of employees to Florida and Canada after being forced to reclassify which positions are eligible for overtime in California," read the letter. "If EA intends to break out of the sports market, it may be forced to cater to artists and designers on the same terms that its managers and marketers already enjoy." The writer claimed to be a former staffer at EA's Los Angeles studio.

I like these schools, yet they don't like me.

I've been swimming in a sea of mediocre waivers until my Michigan waiver showed up yesterday, and after the smirk melted off my face I realized WUSTL still doesn't love me.  Somebody must've told them I don't drink beer or vote Republican!

Notre Dame gets a pass because I'm not Catholic or a football player.

I let folks with their turn signals on merge.  In LA, that's medal-worthy.

This is yet another attempt to rope in the folks who:

1. Desire to attend WUSTL, and would choose the school over other options.

2. Want to go to T14, but think they've got a better chance at WUSTL, and have resigned themselves that it's not suicidal.

3. Have noticed that WUSTL is quite generous with scholarships to high GPA/LSAT folks, and want to get a pretty solid legal education for pennies on the dollar.

4. Think the Midwest is the most happenin' place, and rock on the Arch.

5. Live on XOXO and can't bear to not mock WUSTL.  (Here's an easy target)

I fall into the first four categories... I have family in St. Louis, sport the numbers for T14, don't want to invest an extra $100k if I can help it, and love the Cards and the fantastically free St. Louis Zoo.  Thereby, unless they totally shock me with a low scholarship offer, chances are pretty good I'll be there in Fall '06.  If you think you might, also, toss a message here and we'll get the ball rolling... I'd love to actually have some contacts (or friends) prior to the first Beer Garden!

Studying for the LSAT / I have returned to the fold. Bring on October 1!
« on: August 26, 2005, 02:38:55 PM »
Okay, so none of you were here February, but I was one of the worried chumps grovelling at the foot of the LSAC Gods for my score.  I did well, but for whatever stupid reason, I'm putting myself through the same torture October 1.

Okay, well, the stupid reason is... I want to try and secure very solid scholarship money, and a 1 or 2 point improvement might impact my index enough to offer me $1k-$4k per year than I think I'll get now... plus, I really want to get into my #1 school.

Also, I admit it... it's a "woulda coulda shoulda" thing.  If I only took the test once, I might wonder forever what I could have gotten.  Now, I'm not gonna wonder... hopefully I won't have to regret! 

Howdy folks!

I just started training for LSAT Teaching with Kaplan, but now I need some SAT and possibly GRE test prep materials.  I've never taken either, but getting a few pdf's, practice tests, or study guides, may be immensely helpful to me.

Anyone out there that can lend a hand?

As the topic states, I recieved the first invite to apply/waiver yesterday- from George Mason, btw... but it's for class of '05, and I'm class of '06. 

Does anyone have information of whether these waivers can simply be rolled over to next year's admissions?  I'd like to take advantage of some waivers, but I'm not taking the LSAT again, so I might fall off the waiver radar by August... maybe?


Choosing the Right Law School / Anyone *planning* on WUSTL in 2006?
« on: March 10, 2005, 10:22:54 AM »
Lots of folks apply to Washington University at St. Louis, but generally, they're the same type hoping to get into schools anywhere from 1-20, and no further down the list, and a lot of these folks will take the best they get.

Personally, my plan (pre-application) is to go to WUSTL in 2006, assuming I get a decent Law Scholar's package- something pretty common this year.  My numbers (3.75/168) figure out to be a little higher than 75% there, so I'm not going to retake the LSAT, and I'm going to be happy living in a town I dig, watching Cards games, and not drowning in debt.  However, if they don't kick in the scholarship awards, I'll have to go elsewhere - I can get into higher ranked schools in different towns, and I'm from LA, so it's not at all inconvenient to consider UCLA and USC.

Is anyone else in a similar situation?  Can we create an early alliance of people who like the idea of being WUSTL Class of '09?

How would you construct an application if there was one KEY school that, if you got in and recieved a common financial award (merit scholarship), you wouldn't consider any other schools?  Should you tell this school that they are the far and away #1 choice, or simply hope that the pressure of the other applied schools will encourage their acceptance?

In my case, my #'s are above the 75% for the school I want to attend.

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