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My apps are almost ready to "go," but I'm unsure about sending my diversity statement to U of Chi and Yale because of conflicting info. Both schools (I called the admissions ofcs) say they accept diversity statements; however, I've heard there's no guarantee that they'll read them.

Is this true?

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Black Law Students / Re: Black Law Student Discussion Board
« on: July 17, 2008, 08:47:14 PM »
Lol he might be a castrato.

It's an interesting thought about humanity when you consider that in the past we really did cut the jewels off little boys so they'd stay on the high side of the choir...

Although I'm glad castration's largely a thing of the past, I would like to have heard one of the great castrati. LOL


http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Image:Alessandro_Moreschi.ogg

Yes, Signore Moreschi was one of the last known castrati.  He was past his prime when he recorded and, quite frankly, sounds horrible.  I would like to have heard the great castrati of the high Baroque--Farinelli, Senesino, or Cafarelli, for instance.

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Black Law Students / Re: Black Law Student Discussion Board
« on: July 17, 2008, 05:35:36 PM »
Lol he might be a castrato.

It's an interesting thought about humanity when you consider that in the past we really did cut the jewels off little boys so they'd stay on the high side of the choir...

Although I'm glad castration's largely a thing of the past, I would like to have heard one of the great castrati. LOL

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Black Law Students / Re: Black Law Student Discussion Board
« on: July 17, 2008, 05:33:05 PM »
OperaAttorney, I gotta ask - do you sing opera, or rep opera stars in practice?

"Rep opera singers in practice"? No, I don't.  In fact, I'm not even in law school yet.  LOL

Right now I'm studying for the October LSAT and will submit my applications in the fall.  I do sing classical music, focusing on 17th- and 18th-century works.

That's an interesting jump, from singing 17th century classical music to modern-day, cutthroat law school. Are you bass, baritone, tenor, or contralto? (If you're contralto I promise I won't laugh...)

It wasn't a jump, for me at least; after all, I studied both music (history, performance practice, criticism, voice) and philosophy in college.  (Musicians often have other interests, you know :).)  Also, my music professors are musicologists and theorists, not performers, so they had us reading Foucault and Derrida, as well as the general music stuff. 

By contralto I think you meant countertenor, that is, a male falsettist who sings in the alto or soprano register.  I'm a baritone, actually.

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Black Law Students / Re: Black Law Student Discussion Board
« on: July 17, 2008, 05:19:32 PM »
Lol he might be a castrato.

I see you got jokes, A.

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Black Law Students / Re: Black Law Student Discussion Board
« on: July 17, 2008, 11:25:59 AM »
OperaAttorney, I gotta ask - do you sing opera, or rep opera stars in practice?

"Rep opera singers in practice"? No, I don't.  In fact, I'm not even in law school yet.  LOL

Right now I'm studying for the October LSAT and will submit my applications in the fall.  I do sing classical music, focusing on 17th- and 18th-century works.

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Black Law Students / Re: Black Law Student Discussion Board
« on: July 17, 2008, 10:30:56 AM »
Good luck activating it.  I'll probably get one in about a month or so.

Exactly.  I'm going to get my Macbook for school at the beginning of August.  I'll probably get it then.

7S, are you getting the white or black?  Why do I really like the white one?  :D

They have a promotion on Macbooks (always a promotion AFTER I make my purchase) where you get a free Ipod touch. Not sure when it expires. You could probably sell the touch to pay some on the iphone.

I think I'm going get the white one.

I bought my white MacBook last May and have had no problems with it, though I'll admit it's tough to keep clean. (I suspect this is the case with the black one as well.) A buddy owns the black MacBook, which comes with a faster processor and more memory.  I wanted the black one, but could not afford it at the time.  With the black one you will experience the fingerprint problem--but it does look nicer.

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OMG OperaAttorney f-ing die, you necroposting bastard! This thing was dead for a reason. >:(

To IrrX:

Oh dear.  Your witless exclamation has me quivering in my breeches! ::)

To piggypop:

Nothing like attempting to resurrect a tired dog.  Kudos to the ppl who kept things going with the BearlyLegal group!

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I haven't read a lot of the posts here, so if my responses are redundant in any way, I apologize in advance. Furthermore, it was my own laziness in college and standardized testing ineptitude that led to me going to a T4 prior to transferring.

Don't you see the inherent hypocrisy in AA? It's like saying "We want to be treated equally, except when it benefits us." I think there is a need to promote diversity in the field of law and I think AA is the government's patchwork attempt at the process. Personally, I think a more economic-based system woudl be appropriate, but I'm not even going to begin to suggest how to implement such a system.

My original T4 school has had a problem with maintaining minority enrollment to the point where they considered imposing a different curve for minority students. In my section of 90 students, there were 9 minority students. 5 dropped out after the first semester, and 2 more followed in the Spring. I've heard these seven individuals participate in class and couldn't comprehend basic legal concepts, or answer questions in class. The school, knowing that the minority dropout rate is staggering, continues to profit from kids who should not be going to law school to begin with. Now, these students are stuck paying back an additional $30K and are in a worse position than when they entered.

My dad is a prosecutor and his boss is an African-American woman who attended Rutgers-Newark. On her application, she declined to indicate her race because she was insulted by the idea that her skin color alone should give her a boost in the applications process. She was ultimately accepted to Rutgers, but once the admissions dept found out that she was black, they threatened to withdraw the acceptance unless she checked off the "African-American" box on her application. She reluctantly did so because Rutgers was far more affordable than her other options. She went from being considered a "catch" to being considered a "quota fulfillment."

I'll ask the OP this. You need life saving surgery, where even the slightest slip-up in the surgical process means the end of your life. You have two potential surgeons, one is white, the other is black. You've met neither, know nothing about their educational or practical backgrounds. With no other information, which one would you choose to perform that surgery?

Funny question. I'd choose the black physician :).

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Black Law Students / Re: Any Nigerians Out There?
« on: June 19, 2008, 05:08:57 PM »
I just stole this from a girl's posting on facebook

You know you are Nigerian:

If your name is so long, or so hard to pronounce, that you either have some "Americanized" nickname, or you use your middle name (which is English).

If, you know what your name means.

If you know of anyone (including yourself) that has any of the following names: Ola, Sade, Bola, Tunji, Ngozi, Uche, Folake, Ifeoma, Tolu, Tunde, Obi, Chioma, Chituru, Chinyere, Adaobi, Nkemi, Nneka, Bunmi or Fatima.

If, names like Sunday, Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday, Patience, Peace, Blessing, God's Will or Mercy sound pretty normal to you.

If, rice and stew just isn't the same without plantain (dodo)

If, you would prefer Moin Moin, or Farina (fufu) with soup over McDonalds any day.

If, you have ever treated a cold or sorethroat with "Pe-pe Soup".. AND IT WORKED!!!!!!

If you know what AKATA means.

If, your parents or relatives have ever disliked someone because of the simple fact that they were AKATA.

(for females) If, not being able to cook stew or soup is one of the most major burdens in life.

We have family friends whose daughters are named Chioma and Chinyere.  I knew that their father is from Africa, so I think its safe to assume that he's Nigerian, judging from this post.  :)

This made me smile. Here are my responses.

1. I refuse to "Americanize" my name for anyone--I'm a proud Nigerian. The 1st 2 syllables of my first name are easy to pronounce. That's what I go by.

2. Yep. I know what my ALL my names mean. LOL

3. As a student at Federal Gov College Port Harcourt in Rivers State, I encountered these names at least once. The most common ones were Ngozi and Obinna. Ola and Ade are prefixes of sorts, though.  In my form four (sophomore) class we had Olatunde, Adebukola, Olafemi, Adekunle, Olatunji, Femilayo, etc.  The name Chituru always cracked me up. Every Chituru I met was ghetto as hell!

4. Oh yes, the personality names. My friend's 3 sisters were named in the following order: Charity, Patience, and Faith. I knew a dude named GoodHope. I knew another guy named Charles Goodhead. And we had drivers named after everyday of the week, including Wednesday and Thursday. The most common weekday names were Sunday and Monday, I think.

5. Rice and stew is 'right' with fried plantain. I'm from Rivers State, so we don't call it dodo ;).

6. Moin moin is the bomb. It's also healthy.  Farina is a poor substitute for garri/eba. Give me some eba with egusi soup made with goat meat and stockfish, and I'll be a very happy man :).

7. Fo' sho! "Pepe" soup is right. My mom swears it's a panacea.

8. I have problems with the word AKATA.  I hate it when Nigerians adopt a superiority complex. We're all black, we're all the same.  But it's still funny to hear a Naija person a-KA-TA!

9. My parents are atypical Nigerians. Some of their closest friends are AKATA people and OYIBO people  :).

10. Yeah. I'm a feminist but it's the truth. If a Naija lady can't make soup or stew, she had better marry a non-Nigerian cuz that ish won't fly in a Nigerian household LOL.  My mom puts it down in the kitchen!

This was fun, y'all.

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