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My theory: Harvard is cutting its class size.

I realize that this is the place for baseless speculation, but that is really unlikely don't you think HD?

I mean, their facilities are built to deal with a certain size school, which depends on their incoming classes.  They have a certain number of faculty, but if they cut the class size that means either 1) an improbable but impressive S:F ratio (but so improbable that I think that it would have to be at least in part the next thing) or 2) getting rid of faculty.  As much as they get ridiculous money from outsiders, I can't see them being able to support the same faculty and facilities with the lost tuition dollars.

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General Off-Topic Board / Re: Kobe's 81 vs. Wilt's 100
« on: January 24, 2006, 06:02:09 PM »
I say wilt's 55 rebounds... AGAINST BILL RUSSELL!!

How amazing is that!  55 points is one thing, but rebounds?  Against Russell?

Come on.  That is the most impressive performance.

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Law School Applications / Re: Held at Harvard: What does this mean?
« on: January 24, 2006, 05:59:48 PM »
vrm - if you haven't gotten a deferral, they haven't specifically asked for your grades.  And if they haven't asked for your grades (and they are bad), don't send them.  So yea, it applies only to the holds.

JG - As always, I appreciate it.  Unfortunately, I couldn't in good conscience tell them I'd turn down yale b/c my gf may not be accepted to her boston schools anyway.  And to be honest (T Stock, are you there?  If you are - earmuffs) I am leaning toward Yale in a big way anyway.  So it would be dishonest.

I do have lots of good stuff to send.  I am hesistant to send it right away, since any day I should hear whether my most recent manuscript was accepted in this law review.  They are doing a special feature, and I've talked to the editors, and they wanted the piece.  We'll see.

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Law School Applications / Re: Held at Harvard: What does this mean?
« on: January 24, 2006, 05:39:47 PM »
I assume you'll send a cover letter outlining your updates.  If one of those updates is your transcript, then you might explain, but keep it positive.  Something like, "I have included an updated transcript that shows the rigorous schedule that I took this past semester.  I wanted to add X double major or whatever, so my performance was below what I usually produce, but I am proud to have achieved a 3.45 while doing XYZ and stepping closer to double major Q."

I would just put it in one paragraph of the cover letter, and I wouldn't dwell on it.  But if there is something about those classes (that is positive) you can point out (e.g., awesome honors thesis experience), do it.

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Law School Applications / Re: Held at Harvard: What does this mean?
« on: January 24, 2006, 05:35:09 PM »
I think that if it's about yield protection, it's crap.  I honestly don't see why they need any more info to make their decisions, and I'm almost frustrated enough to withdraw.

I said almost, though.  My gf would kill me.  a lot.

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Where should I go next fall? / Re: UPenn admitted students packets
« on: January 24, 2006, 05:32:02 PM »
Bass, how car-friendly is the city? Will I be paying through the nose for parking where I live? What about insurance? Do you know if Penn Law has enough parking?

I was disappointed at not getting a t-shirt too. I was hoping to leverage it into a Tiki Barber throwback from UVA.

Well, I can't speak too much about parking in U-City on a regular basis, since I don't live there.  I can't imagine that it would be more than 120/month, but there's probably way better deals than that.  If you live in the right neighborhood, there's a good chance that you can just find free on-street parking.  That would mean a longer walk.

As for the location of Amtrak, it's 30th and market.  It's roughly 8 blocks from the law school.  There's subway stops much closer to the law school (half a block on the green line), and there's regional rail also at 30th street.  With regional rail you can live out in the burbs.  Something to think about, but I doubt many penn law students do it.

As for whether philly is car friendly, I can say this: I am a much happier person now that I have my car than before.  While the public transit will easily take you from home to penn, or penn to center city, it won't easily take you everywhere.  It also helps for the grocery store (big time).  I used to choose what to buy based on how difficult it would be to carry home, which is no fun.  But you really don't need one, so don't go buy one if you don't have one already.

I should say that you will probably get a ridiculous parking ticket here or there, and you will definitely get stuck in terrible traffic if you don't know your way around.  But if you get to know the ways around high traffic spots, it really isn't bad.

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Where should I go next fall? / Re: UPenn admitted students packets
« on: January 24, 2006, 03:20:42 PM »
a 10 minute walk definitely qualifies as "really close" for me, so that sounds good. so what is your impression of housing in university city?  is pretty much anything that's technically in "university city" going to be within about a 15 minute walk to the law school?  Do you think it's relatively nice, or does it tend to be a bit run down (like a lot of university area off-campus housing tends to be).  Also, would you say that the benefits of center city would outweigh the proximity issue?  basically any insight is much appreciated  :)

I actually am a big fan of u-city.  When I go out, I do NOT go to Center City (because I'm not like...a cool guy).  I do go to a great bar (directly behind penn law) called the New Deck Tavern every Thursday night ($2 you call it beer, from black and tans, to belgian waffles, to smithwicks).  I also go to this decent yet divey sportsbar type place called cavanaughs.  There is a good movie theater and a good supermarket (which you won't find in center city).  Honestly, I'd rather live in u-city, even without the proximity.  But I'm, as I mentioned, NOT cool.

As for whether it's all nice, well, no.  And no, it's not all close either.  Real-estate people would much rather say an apt is in U-city than the alternative (calling it "West Philly), so the area gets inflated.  There are a lot of decent places.  There are a couple huge high rise type places for student housing, and there are loads of good small buildings (you know, like 4 apts/building).  But you have a mix.  The farther away you get (West), I'd recommend staying in the Walnut to Spruce range (addresses like 4120 Locust or something).  North of Market can be sketchy even at 40th.  And I wouldn't go too far beyond like 45th.  But take a look when you visit for admit weekend.

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Where should I go next fall? / Re: UPenn admitted students packets
« on: January 24, 2006, 03:06:47 PM »
Yeah, mine came over the weekend.  I was also sorry not to see a T-shirt  ;)

But overall there is a ton of useful info in there, which is nice.  April 28th sounds right for the seat deposit.  I noticed they want $500 - that seems like a lot more than most places.  Oh well, I don't really see myself pulling out after I put in the deposit anyway.

Right now the biggest thing causing me stress is trying to figure out how I am going to go apartment hunting in a city I don't even live in.  Trust digital camera images? Hopefully I'll be able to make a weekend of it and find a few decent places.

I wouldn't worry too much.  I've lived in Philly for three years.  It really is easy finding a decent apartment at a decent price.  I would suggest scoping out different areas (walk/drive around center city, university city, etc.) to see where you might want to live.  I've talked to penn, and they say most law students commute from Center city, which is totally easy.  Center City is a bit pricier, but there is lots of fun to be had.  If you want a car, however, (which can be helpful in philly) then you'll have to pay significantly for parking in center city.

well, no car for me, so that won't be a problem. I hear people saying that center city is a really fun, kind of hip place to live.   although right now I'm thinking i'd rather be RIGHT by the law school, so that I will be able to sleep in as much as possible before morning classes (and just to be sorta near school during the day).  Then when the weekends come, I figure it wouldnt be that big of a deal to travel a bit to the bars (assuming there are plenty of cabs/decent public transportation).  Then again, i really have no idea what the public transportation system is like in Philly. is it extensive?  does it run late?

Hopefully I will be able to figure all of this stuff out during admitted students weekend.  I will have to do some extensive neighborhood scoping!

Public transit:  extensive - no.  run late - no.  But it is extensive enough to get you to center city, which should be enough.  Subways stop running sometime in the 12 oclock hour (I think).  Cabs are always an option.  Living really close to the law school may not be terribly easy (unless you live in the penn housing) just because its mostly campus/commercial around there for a several blocks.  But you could easily live within a 10 minute walk.

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Where should I go next fall? / Re: UPenn admitted students packets
« on: January 24, 2006, 02:54:44 PM »
Yeah, mine came over the weekend.  I was also sorry not to see a T-shirt  ;)

But overall there is a ton of useful info in there, which is nice.  April 28th sounds right for the seat deposit.  I noticed they want $500 - that seems like a lot more than most places.  Oh well, I don't really see myself pulling out after I put in the deposit anyway.

Right now the biggest thing causing me stress is trying to figure out how I am going to go apartment hunting in a city I don't even live in.  Trust digital camera images? Hopefully I'll be able to make a weekend of it and find a few decent places.

I wouldn't worry too much.  I've lived in Philly for three years.  It really is easy finding a decent apartment at a decent price.  I would suggest scoping out different areas (walk/drive around center city, university city, etc.) to see where you might want to live.  I've talked to penn, and they say most law students commute from Center city, which is totally easy.  Center City is a bit pricier, but there is lots of fun to be had.  If you want a car, however, (which can be helpful in philly) then you'll have to pay significantly for parking in center city.

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so it goes.

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