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My chassis is still sore from being lubed this morning, but I will keep this coupon and use it later.

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1. I suspect that we eat a lot more venison in the North than people in the south.  My high school, for instance, got two days off for deer season (first day of buck season is mandatory in PA, or it was at least).

2. There are plenty of honky tonks in the north, just not in the cities.  My parents live 5 minutes from one.

3. It's become cheaper to have someone else change your oil.  Plus they lube your chassis (which is sexy!).  It's a pain if you don't have all the good tools to do all that yourself.  and when you can get it done for 12 dollars, it just becomes pointless to do it yourself unless you enjoy it.

4. I am so ready for elk meat.  I've been told many times about its supreme tastiness, but I've never been so lucky as to receive a bite of it.

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Acceptances, Denials, and Waitlists / Re: Pitt Desperate?
« on: April 28, 2005, 12:28:27 PM »
http://www.answers.com/topic/university-of-pittsburgh

This describes Pitt as "Private, with some state support."

Other sites scattered about the internet call it a "public research university." 

I should admit, though, that I was described Temple and Penn State, and extending that description, based on anecdote, to Pitt.  And the difference between state and public is this: state schools are funded primarily through state funds.  tuition is very very low.  Like 6K/year and less at most of the schools (see the pennsylvania state system of higher education, I think it's called).  the state-funded national public universities, as you noted, get some state funding, but are large research universities.  that they get some of the state-funding is one of the reasons tuitions are kept relatively low (compare pitt's cost with CMU's, a truly private institution), and it is also the reason the schools are considered public institutions. so, if it is true that pitt is in name a private school, it is de facto a public school.  or so most folks will characterize it. 


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Acceptances, Denials, and Waitlists / Re: Pitt Desperate?
« on: April 27, 2005, 10:20:33 AM »
That's interesting to know.

It's also worth noting that technically Pitt isn't a public school.  It's actually a private school "with state support."  Which means that it's a private school that, a long time ago, made agreements with the commonwealth of PA b/c Pittsburgh was one of the biggest cities in the country (at the time) and didn't have a good public university.  This is why, BTW, Temple is cheaper than Pitt and Pitt's undergraduate is a bit more expensive (around 10k) than most public colleges. 

But it's relevant b/c Pitt isn't required to follow any requirement or guideline for how many state residents they must admit -- as many other public schools are (wisconsin, iowa, texas, virginia, tennessee -- the list goes on).


You're kinda right.  Pitt is a public university.  It just isn't a state school.  Neither is Penn State, actually, though the name would deceive one into thinking that.  The standard way of talking about the schools is that they are "state-funded national universities."  So Pitt's non-requiurement to accept in-staters isn't because they are private, but because they are not a state school (state schools in PA would Edinboro, Slippery Rock, Clarion, Kutztown, etc). 

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Visit each campus before you decide.  Pittsburgh used to be a steel town.  Food stinks there, and bread molds quickly if you leave it out on the table.  Good luck.

Depends on what kinda food, but there is nothing that Philly has, save cheesesteaks and pretzels, that you can't in pittsburgh, just as good and cheaper.

The steel town comment is pretty unhelpful, too.  It is nothing like a steel town these days, and is more of a high-tech/healthcare based economy.  It's also a very clean and safe city, insanely cheap to live in, and pretty fun, so long as a booming club scene isn't your thing.

But yeah, visit both (and philly).  Villanova is in a beautiful area, though I'd prefer Pittsburgh over Philly anyday.

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Incoming 1Ls / New Pitt Law Dean
« on: April 21, 2005, 12:23:57 PM »
http://tinyurl.com/ae5y2  Read about it there. 

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Silly ass! I was summarizing the OP's concerns.  Way to recognize the thread!  ::) (Doing my best to live up to the expectations of condescension. By the way, NH isn't condescending in my experience; it is suspicious, though.)

Keep up the good work. You're truly a goodwill ambassador for the North.

I'm glad to know NH has a different attitude...why do you think they're suspicious, though? Is it the whole "Live Free or Die" thing or is it just that they're tiny?

Not sure, it's just something I've noticed every time I visited.  It could be that I was acting like an a$$ at the time, though.  I kinda wish NH were this haven of gov-suspicious libertarians, but I've never heard of anything like that being the case. 

That's a shame; I'd like it even more if it was. You? Acting like an ass? I don't buy it. Maybe it's the state-owned liquor stores. I've never appreciated states that do that.

that's one of my least favorite things about PA.  I hate the idea on principle, though it isn't as big of as hassle as most people seem to think it is (alternatively, I just don't drink enough for it to be a hassle).  crap, is it hastle?  I got to go look that word up.

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Silly ass! I was summarizing the OP's concerns.  Way to recognize the thread!  ::) (Doing my best to live up to the expectations of condescension. By the way, NH isn't condescending in my experience; it is suspicious, though.)

Keep up the good work. You're truly a goodwill ambassador for the North.

I'm glad to know NH has a different attitude...why do you think they're suspicious, though? Is it the whole "Live Free or Die" thing or is it just that they're tiny?

Not sure, it's just something I've noticed every time I visited.  It could be that I was acting like an a$$ at the time, though.  I kinda wish NH were this haven of gov-suspicious libertarians, but I've never heard of anything like that being the case. 

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Incoming 1Ls / Re: Ok ppl... What's Cali REALLY like?
« on: April 20, 2005, 08:16:42 AM »
5)closer to Mexico, which is much more cool than being close to Canada

Is this true?  Even Eureka and north of there? 


I can add a few things here.

California is awesome for people who love the outdoors.  There are virtually no outdoor activities not readily available in CA, and there are many places where such activities are enjoyed ideally in CA.  In the Bay Area alone, I can think of 10+ places that make me long for a return to CA based on astounding natural beauty alone. 

There are two styles of laid back, imo.  Southern and CA.  CA is vastly preferable, but annoying at times.  When I first live in CA, I noticed how everyone feigned excitement for whatever projects I might happen to voice an interest in.  "That's awesome!" or "rad!"  and if I described anything I might be doing on a weekend (say, desert hike), I heard the response: Wow, that place is amAAAAAAAAzing.  get used to hearing a long drawn out 'A' in amazing.  but no one gave a *&^% if you had some weird fetish, it seemed, as long as it wasn't racism or something that bothered them.  (contrast this with southern style, where laid back means not working, and speaking slower than ever imagined.)

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