Why is merit scholarship retention not part of the U.S. News data haul? “The main reason is that we haven’t thought about it,” said Robert Morse, who oversees the rankings. “It’s not a great answer, but it’s an honest answer.”
Then Mr. Morse thought about it.
“This isn’t meant to be sarcastic,” he said, “but these students are going to law school and they need to learn to read the fine print.”
”—Law Students Lose the Grant Game as Schools Win | via nytimes
I’m very quick to lament the things I don’t have, but am too slow, for my own taste, to recognize and appreciate what is it I do have in my life. I may not have a ton of friends, but I have wonderful friends: friends who are willing to come over and hang out with me while I pack, friends who offer their help, friends who are willing to listen to me as I go on about the emotionally draining nature of moving while they’re trying to get their awesome ph.d. research on…
“Not long after the White House released the President’s birth certificate this morning, Donald Trump stepped off a helicopter, ambled up to a bank of microphones, and declared, “Today, I’m very proud of myself.” (One assumes this is a daily ritual for Trump, but today there were more cameras than usual.) Trump also declared himself relieved that “the press can stop asking me questions” about the birther issue and we can now move on to more important ones, such as “China ripping off this country.””—TRUMP, BIRTHERISM, AND RACE-BAITING, David Remnick | via new yorker newsdesk
“by 19, i had found my look. oversize t-shirts, bike shorts, and wrestling shoes. to prevent the silhouette from being too baggy, i would cinch it at the waist with my fanny pack. i was pretty sure i would wear this look forever. the shirts allowed me express myself with cool sayings like ‘there’s no crying in baseball’ and ‘universität heidelberg,’ the bike shorts showed off my muscular legs, and the fanny pack held all my trolley tokens. i was nailing it on a daily basis. find something like this for yourself as soon as possible.”—tina fey (via sarazucker)
“In construing the Fourteenth Amendment to offer shelter only to those interests specifically protected by historical practice, moreover, the plurality ignores the kind of society in which our Constitution exists. We are not an assimilative, homogeneous society, but a facilitative, pluralistic one, in which we must be willing to abide someone else’s unfamiliar or even repellant practice because the same tolerant impulse protects our own idiosyncrasies.”—Michael H. v. Gerald D., 491 U.S. 110 (1989) (Brennan, J., Dissenting)
“Commercial health clubs need about 10 times as many members as their facilities can handle, so designing them for athletes, or even aspiring athletes, makes no sense. Fitness fanatics work out too much, making every potential new member think, Nah, this place looks too crowded for me. The winning marketing strategy, according to Recreation Management Magazine, a health club–industry trade rag, focuses strictly on luring in the “out-of-shape public,” meaning all of those people whose doctors have told them, “About 20 minutes three times a week,” who won’t come often if ever, and who definitely won’t join unless everything looks easy, available, and safe. The entire gym, from soup to nuts, has been designed around getting suckers to sign up, and then getting them mildly, vaguely exercised every once in a long while, and then getting them out the door.”—Everything You Know About Fitness is a Lie | via Men’s Journal
Basically all you do is blow up balloons and dip them in melted chocolate a few times (to get a thick coating), let them sit on wax paper until hardened, and then pop the balloons and use the chocolate shells to serve ice cream, candy…whatever.
There’s just one little problem: when it comes to balloon-blowing-up, I am about as competent as a can of tuna fish.
reading a bunch of articles submitted to my journal. no, seriously, it’s a way for me to procrastinate AND be productive AT THE SAME TIME
pilates (not really, but maybe if i say i am, i will be)
watching saturday’s lcd soundsystem concert via pitchfork.tv
going out to dinner tonight @ bondst
con law (i love that class)
getting some leads on my apartment search
contemplating how to get rid of about 75% of my stuff should i decide to move into a particular apartment (getting rid of stuff is something i look forward to - i need to decrease the amount of space i take up in the world - and dread at the same time)
eating some frozen thin mints
rolling my eyes every time someone complains about the weather forecast - it’s just rain, people!
it’s 12:11 am, and i’m currently having a panic attack. i wish i had sleeping pills or something, but i don’t. my only idea for combatting it is simply tiring myself out. being the big old bag of nerves that i am, “tiring myself out” means (finally!) starting to study for exams while starting season 3 of veronica mars. we’ll see how long it takes me to fall asleep. i anticipate it being a long night.