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Why the focus on the T14?
« on: June 05, 2008, 06:09:14 PM »
Help a newbie, eh? Ignoring the relative accuracy of the US News system, why is the number 14 o important? I mean sure everyone wants to get into a top school but why is 14 so much better than 15? It's not really a round number or anything. Anybody want to weigh in? i would appreciate it. 

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Re: Why the focus on the T14?
« Reply #1 on: June 05, 2008, 06:33:57 PM »
The story goes that all the schools currently in the T14 have, at some point or another, been in the T10. And 10 is a nice round number.
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Re: Why the focus on the T14?
« Reply #2 on: June 05, 2008, 06:56:45 PM »
Hmmm.

The story is that none of the T14 have ever been ranked below 14.
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Re: Why the focus on the T14?
« Reply #3 on: June 05, 2008, 07:04:19 PM »
I've heard both stories.  The other one I heard was that the "t14" have "national reach" that other schools do not.



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Re: Why the focus on the T14?
« Reply #4 on: June 05, 2008, 11:08:45 PM »
Hmm... three replies 3 theories :-[ They all make sense in their own right. But if we can't seem to agree on WHY we talk about the T14, is the arbitrary number worth discussing? Again, I'm just a newbie here, but I have a hard time believing that Vandy could be THAT much worse than G-Town.

Wait now that i think about it SCK's story might make a bit more sense, Vandy appears to be more for those wanting to practice in the south, while G-Town is more portable and they have the keys to the very prestigious DC market. But then again I can't imagine UCLA grads are stuck to the west (or TX for that matter). any thoughts?

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Re: Why the focus on the T14?
« Reply #5 on: June 05, 2008, 11:25:07 PM »
I heard the number 14 is a magical number with special powers. Like if you say Yale in the mirror fourteen times you poop yourself. Same with all the t-14 schools.

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Re: Why the focus on the T14?
« Reply #6 on: June 05, 2008, 11:57:54 PM »
I don't know if T14 is that great. After all, I am going to one, and I just laughed really hard at that joke about pooping yourself.

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Re: Why the focus on the T14?
« Reply #7 on: June 06, 2008, 12:21:16 AM »
The term T14 was created by East Coast Biased elitist snobs in an effort to limit the number of highly ranked West Coast schools to 2. If the more realistic 'Top 15' moniker was used, that would involve giving props to UCLA, and the Ivy snobs just will not let that happen.

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Re: Why the focus on the T14?
« Reply #8 on: June 06, 2008, 06:00:53 AM »
Another possibility is that whoever created the term was missing all but the 1 and 4 keys on his keyboard. And T41 just wasn't going to cut it.
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Re: Why the focus on the T14?
« Reply #9 on: June 06, 2008, 08:48:07 AM »
If you don't get T14, kill self. HTH.

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