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Financial Aid / Deferring Stafford loans
« on: April 16, 2007, 04:44:01 PM »
I've got a consolodated subsidized stafford loan from my undergrad years.  The interest rate for it is fantastic.  Does anyone what the deal is during deferment - will they stay locked at the rate they are currently at and again upon repayment? ???

Minority and Non-Traditional Law Students / Re: you go girl!
« on: April 16, 2007, 04:34:57 PM »
I just came acroos this great thread.  I'll add some kudos to female athletes making "mile"stones in high profile sports.  These women are tough & are getting tougher, stronger, faster, and - similar to "Betty" - portray untraditional femininity.  Great role models for girls of all backgrounds.  And more & more women are competing at the highest levels.  Road racing is just one example.  (Where would we be without Title IX?)

The winner of today's race did it in 2 1/2 hours...egads 8)

"26 Miles Empowered Women Around the World

Two miles into the 1967 Boston Marathon, an official tried to eject me from the race simply because I was a woman. That event changed my life and, as a consequence, the lives of millions of women around the world.

The marathon was a man’s race in those days; women were considered too fragile to run it. But I had trained hard and was confident of my strength. Still, it took a body block from my boyfriend to knock the official off the course and allow me to complete the 26 miles 385 yards.

In 1967, few would have believed that marathon running would someday attract millions of women, become a glamour event in the Olympics and on the streets of major cities, help transform views of women’s physical ability and help redefine their economic roles in traditional cultures.

It happened because on a basic level, running empowers women and raises their self-esteem while promoting physical fitness easily and inexpensively.

In the final 24 miles of my first Boston Marathon, I knew that women needed only opportunities. I have since devoted my life to opening doors, primarily by creating a series of women’s races in 27 countries. That helped pave the way to the inclusion of the women’s marathon as an official Olympic event in 1984. Joan Benoit Samuelson of Maine crossed the finish line first in that race, an important moment for women watching around the world.

We learned that women are not deficient in endurance and stamina, and that running requires no fancy facilities or equipment. Women’s marathoning has created a global legacy.

I have seen women in Brazil and the Philippines race without shoes but with their hearts full of pride. These runners have helped change much of the social and cultural fabric in their countries.

In Kenya, successful female runners are breaking the cycle of second-class status. They go back to their villages and use their prize money to build schools, purify water and start training camps for other women.

In Japan, companies aim to gain prestige by recruiting female marathoners to run at the highest level. In Britain, many thousands line the streets to see Paula Radcliffe race. In Russia, Mexico and Ethiopia, a few thousand American dollars go a long way to making a better life. The winsome Jelena Prokopcuka has injected spirit into Latvia.

In tomorrow’s Boston Marathon, women will make up 40 percent of the field. The percentage is higher in many other marathons. According to Runners World magazine, women account for an average of 51 percent of the fields in all road races in the United States.

At the same time, the quality of women’s performances has soared. When Radcliffe set the women’s world record, 2 hours 15 minutes 25 seconds, in the 2003 London Marathon, she was also the first British finisher, male or female. The depth of talent has increased to the point that women will be the headliners tomorrow in Boston.

With all due respect to the outstanding international men’s field, including Robert Cheruiyot of Kenya, who won the Boston and Chicago Marathons last year, the real buzz is about the competition among Deena Kastor of the United States, Rita Jeptoo of Kenya and Prokopcuka.

An American woman has not won the Boston race since 1985, so Kastor is under pressure. She has the right stuff. Kastor was the first American woman to break the 2:20 barrier when she won the London Marathon last year in 2:19:36. In 2004, she ran a thrilling come-from-behind race to take the bronze medal in the Athens Olympics.

You can be sure that many lining the route tomorrow from Hopkinton, Mass., to Boston will be screaming encouragement to Kastor to win for the United States, which has struggled to regain dominance in the marathon.

Kastor, who has never run the Boston Marathon, finished sixth in the New York City Marathon last year; Prokopcuka won that race and is making her third Boston appearance. Jeptoo won in Boston last year, even though she arrived only hours before the start because of passport problems. Another contender is Madai Pérez of Mexico, an up-and-comer who may be ready for a breakthrough.

The women’s race should be riveting, and it will be front and center. The Boston race, like several other major marathons, now starts the elite women before the men. The women’s races have become so popular and intriguing that the public and the news media wish to see the race unfold without male runners obstructing the view.

The drama is considerable because the marathon is a long and unpredictable race. Women won the right to run it, and they do so powerfully, inspiring others.

In 40 years, female marathoners have gone from being labeled as intruders to being hailed as stars of the sport."

Incoming 1Ls / Re: Plans for Summer
« on: April 15, 2007, 04:03:47 PM »
I'm working until mid-June, then taking two weeks paid vacation to attend a summer program at school, then back to work until August 1.  My boyfriend and I are trying to make plans to have a week of vacation (Jamaica!) before school starts ;D

Um, definitely an unwise decision to go to Jamaica in August- it's getting to be the height of hurricane season. I'd suggest somewhere else.

Oh thank god.  Here I had thought he was trying to be romantic.  I feel more relieved knowing he was just hoping to off me! 

Incoming 1Ls / Re: Plans for Summer
« on: April 15, 2007, 07:38:10 AM »
I'm working until mid-June, then taking two weeks paid vacation to attend a summer program at school, then back to work until August 1.  My boyfriend and I are trying to make plans to have a week of vacation (Jamaica!) before school starts ;D

Incoming 1Ls / Re: Housing at Pace
« on: April 14, 2007, 08:32:58 AM »
Yup, this board's got some insame people who frequent it.

Not sure about focus/concentration, though going in the two intriguing ones are IP, litigation, and criminal, though I've always had a soft spot in my heart as well for health/labor/little guy law. Environmental is compelling because it's so interdisciplinary, but I'll wait and see how the folks are up there before making that determination.

I withdrew from Pace last month, but wanted to add to the positivity. Money was the main reason I chose not to go, given a much smaller scholarship than elsewhere, but I was impressed with them. The guy I interviewed with was an alum. that also taught there for several years. He had a fantastic job as in house counsel for a defense firm and pulled in a very large salary. The only other drawback was being regionalized, but I know of someone else who went there for Env. Law (one of my Recs former students) and got a very good private firm job in Baltimore. So, it seems to be well respected locally, and just has an outstanding env. law faculty. Good luck to both of you. Sorry I won't be there.

Thanks for the note!  Where have you accepted?

the Netherlands (suburb of Amsterdam)
Virginia (metro-DC area)
Upstate NY
Bronx, NY (soon)

Favorite?  hmm... :-\

Incoming 1Ls / Re: Cost of Living
« on: April 13, 2007, 12:20:28 PM »
That's a great question.  I think that website may not consider other quality of life factors for COL.  For example, quality of public schools vs. cost of private, daycare, etc.  Also, perhaps a metropolis like NYC is attractive for its culture and entertainment, vs. a smaller community with fewer opportunities for certain lifestyles.

hmm...if you can affort 2-3K for a laptop, why dont you just hire someone to make that decision for you?

Incoming 1Ls / Re: Housing at Pace
« on: April 13, 2007, 11:11:58 AM »

Looking forward to attending Pace -- I feel like I found a real diaomond in the rough, so to speak. 

So so glad to hear you say something positive.  I feel so many on this board are rank/tier crazy - there's actually a board somewhere that says if you're not going to a T1 or 2 school, you should be shot or something >:(.  Denver tempted me, but I'd rather be the bigger fish in a smaller pond so to speak.  Do you know what you want to concentrate on?

Incoming 1Ls / Re: All Things NYC
« on: April 13, 2007, 08:13:25 AM »
The Bronx is kind of far away from things but in terms of dogs, parks, and cars - Riverdale (in the North Brokx) would fit your bill.  It is full of parks and greenery (you won't even believe you are in NYC) and the parking is not as much of an issue.  With a car, you can get to the  upper west side in 20 minutes or less (without traffic).  Most people associate with Riverdale with huge mansions for only wealthy people, but that is only certain sections.  There are plenty of apartment buildings for regular people and you will probably get more space for your money.  However, you will feel far away from downtown Manhattan and it can get boring.

I wish parking wasnt a problem in Riverdale.  There are almost zero pay lots or garages to rent space from, and the buildings that do have spots are pretty pricey.  The problem with a lot of that area is that there are so many single family homes...many with driveways, and the space between the driveways are too small to fit cars in - thus eliminating so many possible street spots.  Any suggestions would be sooo appreciated! :)

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