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Friday, November 22, 2002  

Law school staff friendliness

I just spoke with the head of the career services unit at MWU about the school's job placement reputation. He was so friendly! Having known my share of mean college staff (e.g. the business office check-taker who consistently made students cry, and the department assistant who refused to be nice to grad students when the chair wasn't around), it's very refreshing to talk to someone who has seems to have made the mental connection between positive staff/applicant interactions and better school/department reputations. Good for him and MWU!

posted by elle | Friday, November 22, 2002 |

"Doggy Fizzle Televizzle"

Salon reports that MTV is giving Snoop his own variety show. It's name? Yep. "Doggy Fizzle Televizzle."

posted by elle | Friday, November 22, 2002 |

A toast to wit

This was on our PBS station today. Informational and amusing. I don't know much about Twain's history or politics, but he his writing has such verve and wit.

An excerpt:

"In Syria, at the headwaters of the Jordan, a camel took charge of my overcoat while the tents were being pitched, and examined it with a critical eye, all over, with as much interest as if he had an idea of getting one made like it; and then, after he was done figuring on it as an article of apparel, he began to contemplate it as an article of diet.

He put his foot on it, and lifted one of the sleeves out with his teeth, and chewed and chewed at it, gradually taking it in, and all the while opening and closing his eyes in a kind of religious ecstasy, as if he had never tasted anything as good as an overcoat before, in his life.

Then my newspaper correspondence dropped out, and he took a chance in that... But he was treading on dangerous ground now. He began to come across solid wisdom in those documents that was rather weighty on his stomach; and occasionally he would take a joke that would shake him up till it loosened his teeth; it was getting to be perilous times with him, but he held his grip with good courage..., till at last he began to stumble on statements that not even a camel would swallow with impunity.

He began to gag and gasp, and his eyes to stand out, and his forelegs to spread, and in about a quarter of a minute he fell over as stiff as a carpenter’s workbench, and died a death of indescribable agony. I went and pulled the manuscript out of his mouth, and found that the sensitive creature had choked to death on one of the mildest and gentlest statements of fact I ever laid before a trusting public."

-- Mark Twain

posted by elle | Friday, November 22, 2002 |

Thursday, November 21, 2002  

First Pets

Apparently there's a White House cow.

posted by elle | Thursday, November 21, 2002 |

Searching for...

I'm not a chess player, nor was my family; I've only played the game 3 or 4 times in my life. However, while I'm pre-novice when it comes to the game, I find the kind of genius that it takes to be a world-class chess player (or a top-notch performer in any intellectual field) fascinating...And then there was Bobby Fischer. Creepy. Interesting, but creepy.

And while we're on the subject of intellectual fields, Comedy Central's "The Daily Show" covered Pres. Bush's comments from a Monday press conference in which he congratulated the 2002 Nobel winners. Pres. Bush is certainly earnest ... and proud, evidently.

posted by elle | Thursday, November 21, 2002 |

Very brave students?

Wired news is reporting that the first class of Internet-educated law students graduates today. I suppose there's something to be said for wanting to learn the law so badly that you'll hitch your star to a non-ABA-approved school (?), but this is simply a step that I couldn't take. I'm nervous enough about my marketability with a degree from a top-50 law school, much less one whose graduates cannot legally practice in most states. Beyond that, law school would seem to be difficult enough without having to guide yourself through most of the classes without the face-to-face interactions (and assistance) of professors and fellow students.

I should note that, according to Wired, the graduating "class" consists of only half the "33 students who formed the 'freshman' class in 1998." A sixteen-person graduating class is a pretty small one by even the most liberal of standards, and I assume by doing the math that the program is a four-year one. However, Wired also reports that Concord Law School, the Kaplan-sponsored institution from which the students are graduating, now has a total enrollment of over 1000; either the marketing is fabulous, or the school is filling some niche market incredibly well. But beyond having work requirements that would make traditional schools a difficulty and maybe living in an area without a law school, what would possess someone to work this hard for a JD degree that they probably can't use, at least not in the traditional sense?

posted by elle | Thursday, November 21, 2002 |

Tuesday, November 19, 2002  

Someone make the bad men stop...

Economics professors are now writing novels in order to better teach students the basics of this "inherently difficult" field. Titles include "Saving Adam Smith" and "The Invisible Heart: An Economic Romance." Click here to read an NY Times article about the trend, and here to read an excerpt ...

... and then grab a soda to wash down the bitter aftertaste.

posted by elle | Tuesday, November 19, 2002 |

Monday, November 18, 2002  

"Num-yums" (1)...
. Poore Bros. Dill Pickle Chips. Incredibly addictive, tv-watching munch food.
. I'm not proud of this, but yum. Great casting.
. The Gingerbread Man
. Pinkish, reddish Rick Lee chair
. Christmas dreams, courtesy of Neiman Marcus

(1) Dane Cook.

posted by elle | Monday, November 18, 2002 |

Two new applications..
I have received two mailings in the last week from law schools offering to waive an application fee if I opt to send a personal statement, etc., their way. Their application processes were incredibly easy, requiring little more than some online key-tapping. I had some spare time on Friday, so I completed both. I'm 90% sure that I will attend MWU if I'm accepted, so applying to these other schools wasn't much more than a lark. However, it did offer at least the possibility of more law school attendance options and it helped fill that last waning-afternoon, it's-almost-the-weekend-and-I'd-like-to-go-home hour at work. I'm really impressed with the degree to which the higher ed application process has gone online. I graduated from high school in the early 90s, and I remember working at home on a 1970s IBM typewriter to prepare my college applications. It seems to be the rare college or university these days that doesn't offer some sort of e-application.

posted by elle | Monday, November 18, 2002 |
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