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General Off-Topic Board / Re: Tipping
« on: February 09, 2005, 09:36:23 AM »
im amazed how what originally started as a form of bribery (TIPS = to insure prompt service beforehand) has now become a stealthy method of restaurants to get more money from the customer...

are the restaurants taking the tips and reallocating them?  (busboys, etc).  not sure, but is tipping to the degree that americans do common in other countries?

(mr grouchy continues)

The tips go directly to the server.  Although this is a way for the establishment to pay the server less the minimum wage, so I suppose you could look at it as a way for restaurants to get more money from the customer.  It is also motivational.  The servers main job is to "take care of" the customer.  Since a manager cant monitor every single table at the same time, its somewhat a way to motivate the server to be prompt and friendly themselves.  Their paycheck essentially depends on it.  Although, I do not always think tipping reflects the service.  Often servers know they are doing a great job and being extremely friendly and prompt and still get a poor tip.

Tips are reallocated to the busboys (waitaids)/bartenders in most restaurants.  In ours they are required to tip out 1% to the bartender and 1% to the waitaid.  As a bartender, we are both required to wait our own tables and make the drinks for the entire restaurant.  This results in us having two bartenders.  One waits the bar tables, the other soley makes the drinks for the rest of the restaurant.  Then all tips are split between the two.  So essentially one is working for tips, while the other just works for less then minimum wages.  Thats why the servers are required to tip out.

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Acceptances / Re: Indiana U. Bloomington!
« on: February 09, 2005, 09:30:11 AM »
IU has a great reputation within the state, both as an undergrad and a law school.  I am a little curious, however, how it is viewed outside Indiana.

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General Off-Topic Board / Re: Tipping
« on: February 09, 2005, 09:15:01 AM »
I have been waiting tables/bartending now for two years.  As many of the posters have already said, I also have an enormous respect for servers.  Because of this, I never stiff a server.  Servers only make 2.13 an hour in many restaurants and then taxes are taken out of that as well.  Granted, many make really good cash anyways.  

I always tip at least 10%.  Most of the time between 15% and 30%.  If I am really impressed 40%.  10% is reserved for the really horrid servers that are offensive/just bad.  Usually you can tell if there are issues in the back of that house that are affecting the front of the house, or you can see how many tables the server is trying to take care of, or if they have a really obnoxious table that is preventing them from doing well with the rest of the tables.  But this comes from being a server, most people dont notice those things.  Also, If I go to a restaurant for just a desert or something small I never leave less then $2.00.  If I have a coupon that takes a huge amount off my bill, I try to tip like the normal price of the food because regardless of the discount I am getting, the server still must exert the same amount of effort as a regular priced meal.  (This stems from the fact that right now our restaurant has a buy one entree get one entree free promotion, so many couples are getting two full meals for less then $15.  Then they are leaving a 15% tip of $2.25 on a bill that would have normally been $30.00.  With say, 12 tables a shift at this price, servers make only $27 and then have to tip out waitaids and bartenders another 2% of total sales, often another $5.) Anyways, thats my rant on our new promotion.  :)

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Acceptances / Re: Indiana U. Bloomington!
« on: February 08, 2005, 11:25:45 PM »
Wasnt IU recently ranked as a top party school ;).  Just had to toss that one in there.  BSU held its post there many times.  Just wanted to throw in some healthy (good natured) Indiana school jabs ;).  (again, think good natured please, dont want to turn this into an unpleasant topic)

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Where should I go next fall? / Re: Bit of a Dilemma
« on: February 08, 2005, 11:50:13 AM »
Thank you all for your advice.  I called today and the leasing office said that they were going to sign a lease today for my apt.  I told them to hold on that and that I would renew.  So I have my apartment, and don't have to move if I stay at IU-B (which I think is the right move anyway).  If something extraordinary happens, like getting into one of those three schools, I can sublease and given the proximity to LS, I don't think it would be hard. 

Thanks again.



Haha,  if I get in I'd probly sublease from you.

Me to.  If you do go somewhere else, I doubt you will have a problem subleasing

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Denials / Re: Dinged by American. . .
« on: February 08, 2005, 10:18:59 AM »
What was the date of the AU letter? I'm still waiting to hear from them. They have been shockingly slow throughout this entire process. I wonder if that is something that is also common to the administration of the law school. I sent my stuff in oct 27 but they didn't request my report until 12/10. Almost every other school requested within a week.



They also took forever to request my report. When I called them to ask about it, they told me they dont request the report untill they are just about ready to send the app to review.  I am also waiting to hear, although my numbers are pretty similar to Bchop's, so odds are I will be getting the ding as well. :(

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Denials / Re: Boalt has officially stopped the love
« on: February 07, 2005, 04:16:01 PM »
Got the ding today. I wasn't sure if I'd get the Boalt that looked beyond numbers or the one that's a GPA whore. Whore it is.

I join you in this.  I was hoping for a cinderella story.  Oh well,  never hurts to try.

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it's unfortunate that place everyone with light colored skin in a monolithic "run-of-the-mill Anglo whitie" group.  your understanding of diversity appears to go no further than skin deep.

EDIT: but again, i'd wish this whole aspect of the thread would just end so i'll stop commenting on these types of posts no matter how much they annoy me (or at least i'll try to stop;)).
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I am a white, non-URM.  I do not think, however, that this means I am not diverse.  My grandparent were Jewish Ukrainian immigrants.  I also do not think I have a boring profile.  I lived in an Arabic neighborhood of London for several months last year.  This taught me an enormous amount about culture and diversity.  Does the fact that I am a white women mean that I know nothing about racial hardship and/or culture?

I am also disapointed that this thread has become a diversity thread (although, yes I am contributing to it right now, apologies).  I am low LSAT high GPA  (158, 3.911) and would really like some honest comments about experiences in terms of a standout application.

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General Off-Topic Board / Ball State University
« on: February 04, 2005, 02:35:52 PM »
Just curious

Has anyone ever heard of Ball State University in terms of an undergrad school?  If so what is your general impression of its reputation (Other then the party school issue)


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I don't think you have to be an URM or have some sob story in order to convince adcomms that you are unique and can add diversity to the class.  Think about your life experiences.  We've all had our own challenges to overcome, they may not be as dramatic as some people's but that doesn't make it less important.  If an event had an impact on you, write about it.  Write about something that will show adcomms who you are and where you are coming from.  Don't worry about what other people are doing so much.  Sitting here wishing you had some kind of disadvantage is a waste of time.
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In my personal statement, I wrote about what it was like to be an American living in an Arab/Iraq neighborhood of London during pre-war political pressures (i.e. Fall 2002) and how this changed my previously somewhat sheltured outlook (i.e. average white small town background).  Was this a poor idea perhaps? (maybe wrong thread for this post. sorry guys)

This was to explain my interest in international law

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