OK, so I got banned for posting links. They are linkedin public profiles, but ok....
Anyway I've got to respond to one poster who I think deleted:
cam_leafer wrote:No. Don't go to UVA. Honestly, I lost tons of respect for a school that takes in kids from Patrick Henry College (PHC).
If you don't know what PHC is then check out the following: --LinkRemoved--
And 45K is nothing when you are out of school. The ass hats from Charlottesville will say that it matters, but it doesn't. Well, maybe it does if you want to buy a Mercedes during law school; but, from UChicago (or hopefully from whatever better ranked school you'll get into) you'll get a nice corporate salary that'll make 45k look like chump change.
If I ever have to hire someone, and I see UVA, I'll make sure to look to other applications--I might even give Cooley a nod above UVA. Man, I can't believe they took kids from PHC.
(And yes I did get accepted to UVA, but I'm sorry I wasted my application money on them. I'm not going to ask for a refund, because it was my mistake to apply in the first place.)
(1) So you're mad because UVA doesn't discriminate against viewpoints you disagree with?
I'm not mad; I just feel bad for UVA for buckling to whatever pressures PHC might be enforcing on it. Notice that Harvard or Yale doesn't really take PHC grads. Put your question differently, if a student who wrote he was a member of the Ku Klux Klan on his resume, would I be inclined to 'discriminate'? Well, technically no because it might be illegal. But I'd sure find a way to ding him. So I think the whole 'mad because this polity doesn't discriminate against these viewpoints' is the wrong way to phrase things. You know as well as I do that some things are discriminated against because they just deviate from socially accepted norms. I would say PHC deviates from a socially accepted norm for numerous reasons.
(2) There are a fair number of mormons / BYU grads at UVA as well, do you have a problem with that?
No, mormons/byu grads aren't bad at all unless they start instilling their beliefs on you. (Then again people still have reservations about mormons.) PHC grads are another story.
(3) Do you plan to live your entire life in your sheltered existence, surrounded only by people with the same, shared viewpoints?
No, I don't plan to live in a sheltered existence. I obviously don't live in one since I'm raging about another existence, namely PHC. Anyway, I'm genuinely of a liberal mindset, but I'd gamble PHC grads certainly are more narrow-minded in their viewpoints than I am, that is, they wouldn't really 'listen' to my arguments. (If you want I can try to find articles of anthropologists who pose some interesting questions to PHC-types and they expose the organization's illogical behavior.) Lastly, I think there is a point where stupidity commixed with religion has to stop if it has a negative effect on others. From what I understand, I think radical Islam and fundamentalist Christianity has had--and continues to have--a negative effect on others and these organizations serve only to throw us back into the dark ages barring members from having any distinctive/meaningful thoughts.