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I chose money over rank.  I had the choice between GW and BC.  BC gave me a much better financial aid package & some free money.  GW gave me nothing but a headache and a big bill.  I guess I just think the ranking isn't that big of a deal in this case, though.   

Incoming 1Ls / Re: The Official Boston College Thread
« on: July 20, 2006, 12:28:10 PM »
You got your Stafford info?  You're further along than me!  Did BC send a promissory note, or what do you mean?

Yeah, it is definitely because I live about 10 minutes away from BC that I get things more quickly than most.  I would say you should be getting your letter in the next day or so.  They send the info about how to go nline and sign the promissory notes. 

are you saying that you think things can change? I think that things can change, but it will require a massive overhaul/power shift. I don't think that just working within the system will yield meaningful change...b/c the system was created to ensure white dominance. so each victory is countered by a re-adjustment of sorts, so there is some improvement but never a total overhaul of the system of white supremacy.

Lacoste--what are you agreeing with? lol

I agree we'll never achieve a full equality.  Doesn't mean we shouldn't try and doesn't mean we can't get damned close.

Don't you find that mindset particularly frustrating?  I find it so damaging to the teenagers that I have worked with.  They get this idea that everyone has told them they are never going to have the same opportunities as their white classmates and counter parts, so why shoudl they try? Why should it matter?  You personally are able to simutaneously hold the notion that African Americans will never achieve true equality, and the notion that if you work hard you are going to be extremely successful and come as you say "damned close" to equality and have it work for you.  But, if the majority of people can't do that, then the pervasive idea that African Americans will not ever achieve true equality deals constant blows to progress.  Wouldn't it be more beneficial to think, and tell future generations that with hard work and perseverence they can be equal?

I think it just feels defeatist to me. 

Incoming 1Ls / Re: The Official Boston College Thread
« on: July 20, 2006, 10:58:21 AM »
Yeah, that was not cool.  Class hasn't even started yet and they're already torturing us mentally!  :)

The mental torture has been all summer :)  I want my class info, my orientation info, and i just got my stafford loan info yesterday!  Ahhh! 

General Off-Topic Board / Re: BOSTON
« on: July 20, 2006, 10:57:13 AM »

i remember when i was a wee lad in the suburbs of boston during Hurricane Hugo and I asked my mom if I could play outside in the rain. just after she shot me a horrified look, i looked out a window and a stop sign promptly flew by. i lost my jones for playing outside rather quickly.

And I will have to agree with Tucker. Fugakyu is good, but its way too expensive. Oishii is delicious ... totally cramped, but worth it, and it's closer to BC! Bluefin @ Porter Exchange is really good too.

Oh my gosh!  I've never met anyone else who went to have sushi at the Porter Square Exchange.  All of those little restaurants in there are great!  The sushi bar across from the Gap is so cheat and so good.  I agree Fugakyu is too expensive, but contrary to most people on these boards, I really like Tsunami in Coolidge Corner, as well. (i'm very upset they are closed for renovations)

I haven't tried Oishii, but I have heard great things, so I think come date night next week, the boyfriend and I will be heading out there. week is restaurant week in might have to go out somewhere else. 

Black Law Students / Derrick Bell "Faces at the Bottom of the Well"
« on: July 20, 2006, 08:59:40 AM »
Hey guys,

One of the books that was recommended reading for incoming BC Law students this fall was Derrick Bell's "Faces at the Bottom of the Well".  I am in the middle of it right now, but his thesis has been churning around in my mind ever since I read it a few days ago.  I really want to hear what you guys think about this idea, because I found it very frustrating. Admittedly I have a bias because I am white and find the idea of white dominance disturbing.  Bell even states taht his proposition is easier to reject than refute.  I've spent most of my college/grad school career studying education policy and working in predominently minority communities and schools.  His thesis feels to me like a slap in the face of the work that I have done and would like to continue doing. 

Perhaps you feel differently -I am genuinely curious. 

His thesis:  "Black people will never gain full equality in this country.  Even those herculean efforst we hail as successful will produce no more than temporary 'peaks of progress', short-lived vicotries that slide into irrelevance as racial patterns adapt in ways that maintain white dominance.  This is a hard-to-accept fact that all history verifies.  We must acknowledge it, not as a sign of submission, but as an act of ultimate defiance"


Incoming 1Ls / Re: The Official Boston College Thread
« on: July 20, 2006, 07:55:00 AM »
Oh I know!  I got to work and read that and almost hyperventilated. 

The email said something along the lines of.."we know you're not attending BC in the fall, but do us a favor and tell us where you are going"

Incoming 1Ls / Re: okay i got the Planet law school book....
« on: July 19, 2006, 01:13:59 PM »
I'm with ya, loveless.  I'll probably read Getting To Maybe at some point, but PLS made me want to stick something in my eye.  I picked it up, thumbed through, and put it down so fast you'd have thought it was radioactive.  I think it's just geared at a very different personality type than mine, and I have no doubt it's got a lot of great information.  But I can give myself a headache for free, thank you very much.

I have to go with Jolie on this.  I invested in PLS, read it for a few hours, put it down, and have never picked it up again.  It is currently serving as a throne for my kitten on the bookshelf in my office.

The list of pre-reading, the suggested preparation, and time investment made me want to vomit.  Law school is going to be hard enough.  BC was kind enough to send a list of "recommended but not required reading" that I have been slogging through in between pleasure reads. 

My theory on law school, as of now, is that I'm going to figure it out as I go.  I already have two good friends who have survived and will graduate next spring (from Cornell and UMiami).  I take my advice from them. 

I am one of those anal people that really likes to be prepared, but something about PLS felt like too much to me. 

Incoming 1Ls / Re: The Official Boston College Thread
« on: July 19, 2006, 09:19:34 AM »
Has DeltaTauKyle been around here anywhere lately?  I was reading the orientation posts on another thread and i'm itching to know what goes on at BC.   

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