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Incoming 1Ls / Re: HLS
« on: April 19, 2006, 02:37:04 PM »
CptSpaulding: First of all, in response to your hit-and-run snipe against "grade inflation at HYS," I find it really ignorant for people to make random, unsubstatiated claims about grade inflation at these schools without having submitted work to be graded at all of these schools (since the claim assumes that they are all the same), being familiar with the academic environments, or understanding the contexts in which grades are given.

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Is it harder, or average, to earn a 3.9 at Cal Tech/MIT? I'm sure it is, but that issue confounds the question of school with the question of major. Within Yale, it is still much more difficult to earn a 3.9 in an engineering or natural science major than it is in an arts/social sciences major. So I would venture to guess, though I don't know, that grading in the poli sci and literature classes at Cal Tech / MIT is less brutal than it is in the science/engineering classes at those schools.

1. I am somewhat familiar with Harvard College's academic environment (through taking some classes there through cross-registration); grade inflation does seem to still be an issue there, at least in the humanities/soc.science classes I've taken.  I'm pretty certain that, in general, for B-level work at MIT I would get in the A-range at Harvard.  Of course, your larger point, Yale College, is right; the existence and level of grade inflation varies not only among Ivy League-level schools, but also among departments and professors within those schools. 

2. It definitely is easier to get higher grades in non-science subjects at MIT, and that's because math and science are just plain harder anywhere you go(I'm not afraid to say it!).  That said, I do have engineering friends with 5.0's (and they're scary), so it is possible.  All of us also have lots of science/math requirements regardless of major, and I'm sure it's the same at other Tech schools- this probably drives down tech school GPAs overall at least a little bit. 

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Choosing the Right Law School / Re: Urgent!!! Hotels for NYU Visit!!!!
« on: April 19, 2006, 09:32:45 AM »
I came down for the March visiting day- we stayed in a hotel in Union Square (about ten blocks north of the law school) and it was easily walkable.

I didn't end up staying there, but my friend who lives in Greenwich Village suggested the Mercer Hotel- it's apparently not too expensive and right around the corner from Washington Sq.   

Is $400/night inexpensive?  ???



Ha, I guess to her it isn't (she does live in the Village...)  I didn't end up staying there, anyway. 

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Incoming 1Ls / Re: HLS
« on: April 19, 2006, 09:26:53 AM »
I know this is a problem, but it's one that could be addressed.  This came up in a discussion about the schools Toby Stock was going to attend to improve recruiting.  MIT will not be on that list.  Also, there are real class issues here, as MIT graduates students with a lot of debt who go to work to pay it off right away.  Part of the angry post is also about how tall everyone was. 

I think you missed my point- this isn't a "problem" at all.  I'm not surprised Toby isn't wasting his time recruiting at MIT (although some places do- UCLA, NYU, the other Boston-area schools).  No amount of recruiting would increase the number of tech school applicants, because there just isn't the interest that there is at other places.  And I don't think this is about class; why would we have any more debt than any other place that's as expensive?  And even if you're right about the debt thing, that only explains why seniors don't apply- we also have fewer alumni applying than Harvard College does.  

I did notice the height thing when I was there; even I felt short sometimes.  

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Incoming 1Ls / Re: HLS
« on: April 19, 2006, 09:03:01 AM »
Personally, I was appalled by the above stats, especially when compared to the number of students from tech schools (4, one of which was a PoliSci major and the other a business major) and historically black colleges (Just one I think).  I have a long angry post coming about this.

Well, at least in terms of the tech schools, their lack of representation really isn't Harvard's fault.  We have very few people applying to law school compared to our peer liberal arts universities- I don't expect we're well represented anywhere.  

For example, last year there were 100 applicants from MIT, including all alumni; there were only 25 senior applicants.  Compare that to an Ivy League school, at which there might be over 100 seniors alone applying!  

I look forward to your "long angry post"...

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Choosing the Right Law School / Re: Urgent!!! Hotels for NYU Visit!!!!
« on: April 18, 2006, 05:26:30 AM »
I came down for the March visiting day- we stayed in a hotel in Union Square (about ten blocks north of the law school) and it was easily walkable.

I didn't end up staying there, but my friend who lives in Greenwich Village suggested the Mercer Hotel- it's apparently not too expensive and right around the corner from Washington Sq.   

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General Off-Topic Board / Re: You may be a republican if- game
« on: April 15, 2006, 03:53:19 PM »

Because most republicans believe the world was magically placed into existence in the year 4004BC on October 4 sometime around 9 AM. That would mean that dinosaurs and humans lived together but there is no evidence that was the case.

Have you ever even met a Republican? 

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well I was there and didn't meet any LSDers so we can all meet in the fall.. Many may have saw me.. where is everyone living apartment searching was horrible

I was set on living in the dorms, but after seeing Gropius on the tour, I'm having second thoughts.  Hastings wouldn't be bad, I guess- we didn't see the inside of any of the other dorms. 

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Hmm.. I think I remember.  And then I saw the LSD people and ran away.  Ironic.

Did our conversation go like this?
S: So what do you study at MIT?
A: Political Science.
S: Really?  Wow.  You must have gone there originally for something else, right?
A: Yea
S: Does anyone go there for political science originally?
A: Ha, no.

Also, are you extremely tall?

Yup, that was me.  I had that conversation multiple times over the course of the weekend. 

Is 6'1" "extremely tall" these days?

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Law School Admissions / Re: Harvard to ban internet?
« on: April 11, 2006, 07:57:10 PM »
The HLS class I visited banned laptops, and my tour guide said that laptops were banned in at least 2-3 of his classes so far.

The class I visited sucked the life out of me.  It was very boring.  I went to sleep, and then I left early to sleep outside.

which one?

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As someone who met Bass, I can definitively say that he is taller than me.

This is funny.  I had several people tell me that they never expected me to as tall as I am. (FYI, I'm not a giant, I'm just 6'2".)

Wow... I hadn't realized how many of us LSD "regulars" are going to HLS - me, Su, Bass... do yall know of any others?  What about JG and AL

You haven't accepted my HLS facebook invite.

In answer to your question, they may not be "regulars" (as in "superposters"), but hyacinarise, jb23213 (I made the numbers up), buzz2313 (same deal), hoorayforcptspaulding (probably), pandabones (probably), yalecollege (maybe), and wendy are all going (or likely going).

Alexdn and S&S - I wonder whether we ran into each other...where are you on the admitted students list? 

I think I may have met you briefly at the Saturday night schmooze-and-booze session in the Hark.  At least, I met guy from Temple interested in philosophy wearing a green sweater...

There are two MIT guys on the list- you can probably figure out which I am from my name here. 


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