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And I don't want to write my brief.

Also, I assume Alci and Mobell (who runs this entire school ;)) will drop by and answer whatever I don't actually know, which is probably a whole lot.

General Off-Topic Board / Posters who've shortened their names
« on: May 03, 2006, 04:57:55 PM »
Have you noticed how many people now go by shorter versions of their initial screen names?

Darkwing Duck-->Duck (Duckie/Ducky)
Redemption--> Red.
Sugersh--> Su
Skaiserbrown--> Scott
Tralala-->Tra (even though I don't think she's officially shortened it, I can feel it coming)
Madpropps--> Props
Palaedorian--> Dorian
Habeas Dorkus--> HD
Bassdesire--> Bass
JamesDowning --> JD
Pancholefty--> Pancho
Caneschica--> Chica
Cyberrev--> Rev
SC grad--> SC
LSAT Killer--> LK
Winter Lily--> Lily
Chidochidochidochidochido...--> Chidochido
Magnumalv--> Maggs
Shellrae--> Shell

Can you think of any others?

BTW, there's no point to this thread. I'm just bored. Humor me.

I usually hate engaging in AA debates, mostly because they tend to degenerate into personal attacks and baseless drivel. However, I just read something in my school newspaper that is the last in a series of letters to the editor/articles condemning "diversity" in admissions, and I'm absolutely sick of it. I need you all to help me craft an intelligent response to this; since I AM a "minority" I don't want to sound overly upset or emotional, so hopefully you all can give me some perspective.

First, an intro: I go to a small, Southern, WASPY liberal arts school known for its homogeneity and predominantly white and Southern student population. Our admissions office has a hard time attracting minority applicants, so they hold minority recruitment weekends, fly minority kids here, and generally try to create some interest in the school in a population that would otherwise not think about applying (I believe they're also somewhat more generous with $$, but they claim it's to the same extent as to a legacy/athlete/person of interest). However, they are very adamant in saying that they do NOT take race into consideration when ADMITTING students, except to "differentiate between equals."

This letter is from an anonymous "concerned parent." It asks the school's administration to "substantiate the benefits" of increasing racial diversity, which the author seems pretty skeptical about. It also misinterprets comments from Admissions officers (who are quoted as saying that they give incentives to minorities to APPLY here) by saying that Admissions actually gives preference to minorities in admissions.

It questions the University's stated policy to "increase American racial and ethnic diversity on campus to a level approximating the mean" in similar institutions, saying that this goal is no different from a quota.

The letter complains that administrators won't release SAT scores divided up by ethnicities (which I actually think would be interesting), and says that this is some kind of cover up to hide the fact that admitted minorities are doing worse on the SATs than their white counterparts (which I don't necessarily dispute, but given the inadequacies in education that affect many minorities, I don't think the SAT is an accurate measure of intelligence, and hope to convey that in the letter). (And, for those who are about to attack me for unknown reasons, my SAT was in the 99th percentile).

It goes on to say the following "Do I have a problem with minorities attending this school? No. Unequivocally, if a student of any race is the best academically qualified and merits a position I salute him. But, I do have a problem with helping one group of people by hurting another group...I do not agree that an admissions policiy of preferecens for minorities is necessary to enrich the educational experience of all."

ARRRGGGHH. I'm ticked off. Very ticked off. If you have any suggestions as to what to write, please, help.

Acceptances, Denials, and Waitlists / Yale Admit Weekend--Who's Going?
« on: March 16, 2006, 06:47:21 PM »
At the risk of being a little too early (esp. since we're still hearing from new admits...Annabel ;)), I was wondering if I could get an early headcount of who's going to be there. I really want to meet the LSDers in the bunch, esp. the ones I missed at H. So, let me know, PM me, or whatever.

Also, I'll be in New Haven by Friday night, so maybe dinner might be in order, if enough people agree.

Visits, Admit Days, and Open Houses / Harvard Admit Weekend
« on: March 12, 2006, 03:41:24 PM »
I haven't seen a thread about this yet, so here it is.

For those who are here, and for those who couldn't make it but want to know how it went, I think Su, Practiceboy, Bloomich, and myself are around. Look us up if you're on campus, PM us (or rather, me, I don't want to speak for all of them) with any questions.

So far it's been really great. Toby is very funny, very smart (with an amazing memory for detail), and very cool to hang out with. I know PB wanted everyone to know that Su, him and I sat down and had a drink with TStock at The Hark (along with a few other people). Or rather, we had drinks...I think TS just talked.

Also, Harvard's really big on the free food and drinks. And the admitted students are a good bunch (those I've met).

That's all for now.

General Off-Topic Board / Who wants to kill Bluewarrior/Mission Control?
« on: January 28, 2006, 12:55:34 PM »
I know I can't be the only one who doesn't like him. Vent your rage.  :D

Choosing the Right Law School / Choosing a Roommate
« on: January 26, 2006, 09:44:27 PM »
For those IN law school: How'd you choose a roomie? Are you living with a fellow student? Do you know others who are? How's that going for them?

For those heading to law school: How are your living arrangement plans going? Are you planning on a roomie? If so, how'll you choose?

I've been living in a single room for the past three years, and I've gotten really 'set in my ways.' I feel like when I live with other people I always feel kind of like a 'guest.' I'm extra careful not to leave my stuff lying around, I'm always uber-preoccupied with cleanliness, and I try to be really considerate with guests and noise. This is especially true when it's people I don't know.

However, I don't want to spend three years of my life living like a guest in someone else's home. I want to live with someone I'm comfortable with (I'd still be clean and considerate, just not as anxious about it), and also with someone who doesn't make life a living hell. How do I find that someone when I don't know ANYONE?


Acceptances, Denials, and Waitlists / Columbia Regular Decision
« on: January 24, 2006, 08:46:20 AM »
I haven't seen a thread on Columbia yet, and the emails have started, so here it is.

Good luck to everyone waiting!!

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