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Where should I go next fall? / Re: Decide my fate!
« on: May 30, 2005, 01:41:46 PM »
SGY:

I agree with virtually every one of your sentiments regarding Pittsburgh.  But you might do well to notice what your first sentence does. It condescends.  It sets forth a view of the good life as, by mere coincidence, that sort of life which you prefer.  Again, I am pretty much in agreement with you that Pittsburgh is a great place to live, and provides for wonderful quality of life for many people.  But those broadway plays, and those basketball games and those hipster clubs of NYC, or the powerful government hobknobbing and whatnot of DC, and painfully self-conscious coolness of SF are things which, in fact,  many people desire.  Perhaps they might change their mind later on after they "grow out of that phase."  But your suggestion is that, until such a maturing process takes place, they are incorrectly pursuing the wrong lifestyle, or are motivated too much by image, or don't understand what really makes them happy, etc. Virtually anyone who has it explained to them that their preference set is incorrect with react defensively.   


I understand that you are an advocate for a city you've recently come to love, and I applaud your enthusiasm.  Pittsburgh needs it. But your advocacy would be much more successful with suggestive comments and not proofs of Pittsburgh's relative superiority.  In other words, I recommend easing up on the slightly combative attitude and simply repeating one thing we both know.  Pittsburgh is a city virtually nothing like what most people think of it.  It's worth a visit. 

Nonetheless, I also recommend Pitt, but more strongly recommend not trusting the outcome of this pole. 

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Law School Applications / Re: www.cleoscholars.org
« on: May 27, 2005, 11:15:41 AM »
You fluckers are gonna love Pittsburgh.

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The law school isn't with the rest of the campus?  Wups.



For what it's worth, I would have recommended Northwestern.  You've expressed inumberable times on this board how much you like State College but want to get away from that atmosphere.  Ann Arbor is a flatter, more expensive SC. Ann Arbor is a short car or bus from Detroit.  Northwestern is an even shorter train to Chicago.  There's a big difference there. 

But now that you've made your decision, have you considered playing it to your advantage with financial aid?  I imagine this has been recommended 10-15 times, but just in case . . .

just fyi, the Law School is in downtown Chicago.

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Reviews, Visits, and Rankings / Re: MAFIA LAW PROGRAMS
« on: May 19, 2005, 05:36:32 PM »
Penn or Temple might get you into the Russian mob.

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For what it's worth, I would have recommended Northwestern.  You've expressed inumberable times on this board how much you like State College but want to get away from that atmosphere.  Ann Arbor is a flatter, more expensive SC. Ann Arbor is a short car or bus from Detroit.  Northwestern is an even shorter train to Chicago.  There's a big difference there. 

But now that you've made your decision, have you considered playing it to your advantage with financial aid?  I imagine this has been recommended 10-15 times, but just in case . . .

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General Off-Topic Board / New Family Guy
« on: May 02, 2005, 11:51:30 AM »
Did anyone bring this up yet?  I thought it was great, though it tapered off towards the end.


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Reviews, Visits, and Rankings / Re: What's it like in the North?
« on: April 30, 2005, 07:53:19 PM »
My chassis is still sore from being lubed this morning, but I will keep this coupon and use it later.

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Reviews, Visits, and Rankings / Re: What's it like in the North?
« on: April 29, 2005, 08:02:46 PM »
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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Wait List / Re: Pitt Desperate?
« on: April 28, 2005, 02:28:27 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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