Thanks for the replies. Other than Chicago students, LSD seems pretty much dead. I think TLS will finally triumph once all the current Chicago students graduate...
Evidently (but do not quote me on this?) the lineup of classes changed as compared to last year. They might change the distribution across quarters around from year to year.
I did find the story funny at first. But Chicago already comes with this reputation, and certain things just reinforce it. I am sure that there are rude or intense people at NYU and Columbia, but they don't have reputations for it. It does help to have an idea of what people at the school are actually like, but I am not so sure that ASW is the best place to see people-when they are on their best behavior. I tend to think that people are more frank on this board than they are at ASW, when they have a job to do.
Overall, NYU and Columbia students online have been incredibly cool. I've pretty much totally ruled Chicago out after reading that story about the Dean, and don't really care how people perform at a staged ASW weekend. No offense, but way too many Chicago Students don't seem terribly happy there, including Freely gives leave to amend. Some others seem really defensive when you ask about their school or downright rude (I do appreciate your response though, freely, I don't mean you here). I really don't want to spend too much time on that. It was bothersome because I like Chicago's reputation otherwise, if only the rest of its reputation didn't seem so damn accurate.
I'll probably just have to wait and see with Columbia. I do keep getting more and more impressed with NYU as I read about it. There are some insanely good professors there!
It's like reading Ulysses for the first time and realizing that it's not "literature" in the way you would expect.