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Temple / Re: Laptops
« on: July 19, 2007, 09:06:13 AM »
A Temple student here.  Just so you're aware--

You're dealing with one of the most inept IT groups you could EVER imagine at Temple Law. When these folks "upgrade" systems and *&^%, they clearly never test anything, b/c stuff just doesn't work afterward.

As of May 07, folks with Vista had connectivity issues and exam-taking issues.

d**mn.  That must have happened since I talked to them, which admittedly was quite awhile ago.  I went with XP both because of of Temple not approving Vista and because the Lenovo rep said that he couldn't, in good conscience, recommend Vista to anyone (he sounded like he really hated it).  But this backtracking by the computer people at Temple probably means that now I'll have to pay to upgrade it sooner rather than later.  Doesn't make me happy.

I had to question him for quite awhile to get that out of him- it seems the university was really pushing them to tell us not to get it. We were seriously on the phone for about 10 minutes before I got him to admit that the odds of me having problems were nonexistant and that many 1L's and other new students were getting vista so the university would have to support it in the fall.

I just orded a dell inspiron 1420- it won't be shipping for another 2 weeks though (ridiculous!) I hope I don't hate it- I'm keeping my mac for home use though I think.

Job Search / Re: What to do if no 1L job?
« on: July 13, 2007, 11:28:12 AM »
Get a real job for the summer making some ducats.  Anyhoo, anybody who LOOKS for a 1L job finds something.

I do laptop for notes in class and outlining and handwrite my exams.

I would never transcribe notes to computer if I took them in class; I'm simply too lazy.  And anyhoo, comp allows me to dump notes I got from a fellow student into the right spot in my doc, when I miss a class...or space out.  Comp helps with outlining too, cuz one can just chop down class notes and chuck them in an outline.  Just don't take TOO many notes if you take them by computer, and if you brief, don't make your briefs too long.

I take exams by hand, though.  This is where I revert to my true old-school nature. I do this because

1) The room I take the exam in is always smaller, like a normal classroom, and I just feel more comfortable. This is also better because I do break for smokes and the bathroom during exams, so I don't feel like I'm bothering as many people.
2) I cannot stand the clickety-clack of keyboards and wouldn't be able to think straight. I know, I could wear earplugs, but then I'd hear my own heartbeat.
3) I suspect that profs are easier on handwritten exams than typed.
4) I fear technology.

Temple / Re: Healthcare ?
« on: June 25, 2007, 06:53:38 AM »
What are people doing for health insurance?  Anyone going with the Temple University Student Health Insurance?

Look into Temple's clinic, which is very good, before you purchase health insurance.  You pay a health services fee at Temple, and the clinic (free) provides all non-emergency services you might need.

Temple / Re: Ok - does anyone need a roommate??
« on: June 17, 2007, 04:21:25 PM »
Temple has a roommate list thingy that was helpful to some of my classmates.  Have you received anything on that yet?  If not, write Johanna.  Where you want to live all depends upon how much you want to spend, how much a commute you mind, whether you like to party or not, etc.  East Falls is a good option.  So is South Philly.  If you're planning to rent over the net/phone, you want to know someone in the city that can check out the neighborhood before you sign the lease.

Current Law Students / Re: How many As.
« on: June 14, 2007, 01:32:00 PM »
Unless the school has specific guidelines for each grade, professors can do what they'd like to arrive at the suggested mean.  My school has a suggested mean (closely followed) of 2.85, with a second suggestion that not more that 50% of the grades fall between B- and B+.

Well, that mean can be achieved by giving only As and Cs and NO Bs.  I think most profs at my school only give 2 to 4 As for a full secxtion (60 student) class.

Current Law Students / Re: Rank Question - No Guessing Required
« on: June 12, 2007, 08:15:14 PM »
Why not put "27/260" on your resume?

Current Law Students / Re: Waiting for grades....
« on: June 06, 2007, 05:42:47 AM »
Temple holds all submitted grades for 1Ls until the last due date (30 days from last exam) and releases them in one big dump.  It's good and bad...prevents constant checking, avoids people freaking out about a single grade with little to put it in perspective...  It seems perhaps paternalistic, though.  I do know it's not related to workload; the things are submitted on scantron sheets!  Needless to say, most 1Ls at Temple have no grades yet. It's frustrating, but, "what you gonna do?"

Temple / Re: Temple Class of 2010 (entering in Fall 2007)
« on: June 04, 2007, 07:36:19 PM »
It's not bad.  I'd live further off of Broad toward the river, though, if given the choice.

I won't have an automated transport machine so I'm trying to live fairly close to the Broad Street SEPTA. Why would you want to live further towards the river as opposed to the Broad/Snyder area? How would you classify the immediate area surrounding Broad/Snyder & Passyunk on a scale of 1-10 (1=decrepit festering cespool of vice & murder; 5=some prostitution, petty crime, moderate level of filth; 10=shimmering icon of urban development and Morman ideals)? 

It's a 6 on that scale...further away from Broad, less noise, cozier, more neighborhoodly, parks...and buses that run east/west all the time that'll take you to the sub.

Temple / Re: Temple Class of 2010 (entering in Fall 2007)
« on: May 26, 2007, 08:48:20 AM »
It's not bad.  I'd live further off of Broad toward the river, though, if given the choice.

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