Neumann - two n's. Right there on the cover. It appears that Duquesne misspelled the name on the letter they sent.
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I thought it was about time to branch out from the initial topic.
I just briefed Brown v. Board of Education No.1 according to the guidelines that accompanied the assignment. I had not been aware that briefs should contain the procedural history of a case! I wrote my brief under the assumption that as Brown v Board is a consolidated decision of four separate cases, I had to summarize the procedural history of those four cases as well. Doing this according to Duquesne's guidelines took up the better part of a page, and I was... brief.
Any thoughts? Did anyone do it differently?
Okay, okay! I was wrong! Even when I wrote those words against the Northside, I found it difficult to speak against the area. Heck, I'll blame it on media bias: at the time, there was a serial rapist in the area. That said, the Mexican War Streets are admittedly awesome.
Question: So Sarah Andrews recommended that we have our casebooks read before classes started. Does that mean "before we start our first day of school" or "don't get behind in your reading?"
How do I know what books to buy, if the former is true? (Geez, I hope I'm not out of the loop before school even begins!)
Yes, DU is surrounded by ghetto! That is how this city is tiered: a few blocks of ghetto, then a few square blocks of nicer areas, then ghetto, etc.
For our purposes, I'll take it as a blessing. We'll have less distractions near our campus. Downtown is dead after 6 PM because there aren't any people living in the downtown area (well, there are a few, but not enough to make downtown have a viable nightlife), and therefore the nearest 'fun' zones are safely out of reach in the Southside and Oakland.
The Hill District (what was the residential zone of Downtown) used to be a vibrant black community supported by a relatively viable local econonmy. It was a community that is today best remembered for being the epicenter of the Pittsburgh jazz scene, whose long-gone clubs headlined all of the jazz legends at one time or another.
The commercial district of the Hill was replaced by the giant silver UFO that is best known as the Mellon Arena. The Arena is best known for being one of the first domed arenas with a retractable roof (that can't retract any more because of massive lighting rigs that block the mechanism).
Welcome to Pittsburgh!
I have secured my fed loans, but I am still working on getting the rest of my funding... who did all of you use for the 'supplementary' loans, above and beyond the $18,500 combined Stafford and Pell? Why did you pick that particular funder?
Thanks! I really need some sort of guidance in this... Duquesne's financial aid office was almost useless, and I have never had to take out student loans before.
Ha! Funny that I talk about a BBQ in the face of CPA-1 advice not to worry about the 'social scene.' Good thing I am getting this out of the way before school starts! I'll figure out the date and logistics as we get closer to the date. To start, it'd be great to nail down when everyone will be getting into town. My 'spam' address (that I give out on forums) is email@example.com. If you email me with the subject line "BBQ - Arrival Date" with your name, some form of contact information, and the date that you'll be arriving in Pittsburgh, I'll work out a date that works best for all. Also, let me know if you have any dietary restrictions (e.g. kosher, veggie/vegan, etc.) and I will act accordingly. If you have a beverage choice, let me know that as well .
I can't wait to finish work to run and check my mail. Funny how things change: as kids we'd run to check for the proverbial 'decoder ring;' as adults we're eagerly anticipating the arrival of running to check for school schedules. I second the relief that it appears we do not have any classes before 10 AM. We'll need the rest (or the extra work time), to be sure.
Pittsburgh is also a city where there are 3-4 degrees of separation between everyone. After you have been here a while, it is virtually impossible not to have several kick-ass connections.
Ah... and some phone/computer advice. If any of you were planning to get cable (even old-school basic cable), Comcast is offering a deal where you can get high-speed internet with your cable for only 19.99/mo for 6 months. On top of that, instead of using Verizon for your land-line (if you were planning on getting one), you can get a digital phone line through either VoicePulse, Vonage, or Packet8 for as little as 14.99/mo with Caller ID, Call waiting, the works...
I have been telling everyone, because the deal is so unbelievably kind to my wallet. $12 for basic cable, 19,99 for high speed internet, and 14.99 for full featured phone service. You can even get a wireless router and share your internet connection with a neighbor (who would chip in for the cost of the internet connection.
So where did you all wind up getting apartments? Is was David who snagged a place in the South Side, right?
I would like to propose a BBQ/social for those of us who will be in town a week or two before classes start, at my place. Anyone interested?
Funny you should ask: the best Jewish deli in Pittsburgh isn't kosher. Go figure. Kazantski's Deli, on the left side of Murray Avenue. Coming down Forbes Ave from Oakland, make a right onto Murray Ave, and then go down the hill about halfway. You'll see the deli on the left, on the corner of Murray and one of the smaller side streets that intersects Murray.
They have a mean pastrami, and it's GREAT with a schmear. Oh, it is also a great place to get microbrew (and some import) beer at a relatively cheap price. Try Dogfish Head "Raison de Etre."