So, what were your thoughts?
The biggest gripe I have are those desk/chairs. It's seems petty, but if I'm taking a 3-4 hour exam that will determine the fate of my life, I'd like to at least be sitting at a desk and chair made for adults.
We could be good friends if we both end up there. Overall, I was satisfied with the ASD. I thought Dean Weissenberger was too emphatic on the "we have never discriminated" statement because how can you promote diversity without some measure of discrimination? All in all it was good. Did you go to the IP desert reception? I am the one who was asking questions about the curve by the way...to which I never got a concrete answer!
Hah! I actually thought that might have been you, probably because of the discussions here. Yeah, I thought he tapped dance around that issue as well. Sure after first semester 30% make the grades, but what about the ones who didn't make it the first time and raise their GPA, at the expense of those who made it the first time but not the second - that's got to be a pretty significant section of people who end up not maintaining the scholarship the full 3-4 years (and a figure I am damn sure they know and count on when planning their budgets).
The other thing that bothered me was that he preemptively addressed the Catholicism issue, and even sort of negged Loyola because of it. I'm not exactly a big fan of any kind of religion, and I'll admit I was a bit put off by seeing it's presence when I was there. The spin about the philosophy of St. Vincent de Paul was admirable, but it's still a religious institution at heart. Another thing that I have issue with is, as my understanding since they are a religious organization, they gain favorable tax status that an organization like Kent and JMLS wouldn't, like paying real-estate taxes on buildings, which got me to wondering how much of those benefits they have over other schools, if any, have helped them gain an advantage (those four downtown buildings can't come cheap in real-estate taxes).
I was at the IP reception, and learned a few things from one of the students there about the patent bar. I'm much less interested in IP than IT related issues however, and I've been keen that they seem to have a bit to offer in this area of the law than Kent. I've even tentatively scheduled to take off work for two days to attend their symposium in October.
I think I remember you said you were going to attend the day program. If you were going evenings and commuted on the BNSF we could set up a study group. I'm hoping to find a few others to form a study group with.
Though, I'm not signing until after Kent's admitted student days and I get confirmation of student loans.