Chicago Class of 2012

(housing, friendships, future exams, all things 2012)
seeker63
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Re: Chicago Class of 2012

Postby seeker63 » Wed Jun 24, 2009 12:13 am

Most pics end up looking like passport photos. They crop out everything but your face. So passport photo is fine.

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Re: Chicago Class of 2012

Postby reminiscent » Wed Jun 24, 2009 6:20 pm

asdf
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seeker63
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Re: Chicago Class of 2012

Postby seeker63 » Thu Jun 25, 2009 1:51 am

It's 2 blocks away. 3 minute walk.

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lucydog
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Re: Chicago Class of 2012

Postby lucydog » Thu Jun 25, 2009 12:59 pm

Has anyone applied to live in any of the University owned properties?

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Re: Chicago Class of 2012

Postby sealrsqr » Thu Jun 25, 2009 1:09 pm

lucydog wrote:Has anyone applied to live in any of the University owned properties?


I applied but then withdrew my application after finding a place on Craigslist. I have yet to get my deposit $ back. (It's only been 5 weeks and I think they said 6, so I'm not worried...) It looks like they have some decent places and not requiring a security deposit is pretty sweet. That said, I found a much better place on my own.

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Re: Chicago Class of 2012

Postby vealoscar » Thu Jun 25, 2009 1:13 pm

lucydog wrote:Has anyone applied to live in any of the University owned properties?


I did about a month ago but haven't heard anything back yet.

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Re: Chicago Class of 2012

Postby lucydog » Thu Jun 25, 2009 1:47 pm

vealoscar wrote:
lucydog wrote:Has anyone applied to live in any of the University owned properties?


I did about a month ago but haven't heard anything back yet.


So we can apply, and if we find housing in the meantime we will eventually get the $300 deposit back?

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Re: Chicago Class of 2012

Postby sealrsqr » Thu Jun 25, 2009 2:11 pm

lucydog wrote:So we can apply, and if we find housing in the meantime we will eventually get the $300 deposit back?

There's a form you fill out, but yes, the deposit is refundable.

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Re: Chicago Class of 2012

Postby lawschoolnovice » Thu Jun 25, 2009 2:13 pm

does the size of the pic we send in matter? (pixels etc.?) they say something about wanting 300 dpi, but i have no idea to tell if the pic i'm sending in fits that requirement or not ...

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Re: Chicago Class of 2012

Postby noquieromas » Thu Jun 25, 2009 7:18 pm

This one's for the architecture dorks out there.

I'm a bit of a modernism nerd, so hearing people rave about campuses like Michigan (where the architecture is essentially a copy of a much older style ... though most of U of C is similar) while ripping on Chicago (which is a true architectural landmark) has always stung a bit.

Granted, Saarinen and mid-century modernism aren't everyone's cup of tea, but I happen to be a big fan of both the architect/designer and the style generally. These articles both give glowing reviews to the recent renovation. The first really breaks down some of the elements that make the building work. (Props to the writer for joking that Saarinen's a "terrible" modernist because people *like* his buildings.) The second gets into the history behind the renovation. The third shows you what one of Saarinen's wonderful womb chairs (which, along with classic Eames chairs, are all over the library) will set you back these days. I doubt I could get any actual work done in one of them, but I'm sure they're great for napping.

http://achicagosojourn.blogspot.com/200 ... brary.html

http://online.wsj.com/article/SB122341764591312909.html

http://www.knoll.com/products/product.jsp?prod_id=585

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Re: Chicago Class of 2012

Postby curiouser » Thu Jun 25, 2009 11:56 pm

noquieromas wrote:This one's for the architecture dorks out there.

I'm a bit of a modernism nerd, so hearing people rave about campuses like Michigan (where the architecture is essentially a copy of a much older style ... though most of U of C is similar) while ripping on Chicago (which is a true architectural landmark) has always stung a bit.

Granted, Saarinen and mid-century modernism aren't everyone's cup of tea, but I happen to be a big fan of both the architect/designer and the style generally. These articles both give glowing reviews to the recent renovation. The first really breaks down some of the elements that make the building work. (Props to the writer for joking that Saarinen's a "terrible" modernist because people *like* his buildings.) The second gets into the history behind the renovation. The third shows you what one of Saarinen's wonderful womb chairs (which, along with classic Eames chairs, are all over the library) will set you back these days. I doubt I could get any actual work done in one of them, but I'm sure they're great for napping.

http://achicagosojourn.blogspot.com/200 ... brary.html

http://online.wsj.com/article/SB122341764591312909.html

http://www.knoll.com/products/product.jsp?prod_id=585

well, you should know:

(1) My understanding is that many of the original Saarinen elements are no longer there..? Not just because of the renovation...

(2) Saarinen also did a dorm for campus, Woodward. That dorm is no longer there.

(To be fair, apparently the university was too cheap to do his plan justice, but... It's now the B-School -- which is an AMAZING building, I think, and if you disagree I'll walk you to the corner of 57th and Woodlawn and persuade you).

(3) Saarinen also did a master plan for the entire campus. They didn't follow it, and -- having seen it -- I can't say I'm sad they didn't.

I have to say, I do like modernist architecture, but not a lot of it is always successful (cough, the Reg, cough), and Saarinen has a bit of a mixed record.

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Re: Chicago Class of 2012

Postby lucydog » Fri Jun 26, 2009 12:19 am

lawschoolnovice wrote:does the size of the pic we send in matter? (pixels etc.?) they say something about wanting 300 dpi, but i have no idea to tell if the pic i'm sending in fits that requirement or not ...


Right Click on the JPEG -> Properties -> Click Details tab -> Scroll down to dpi

This works on vista, I don't know about XP or OSX

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Re: Chicago Class of 2012

Postby lawschoolnovice » Fri Jun 26, 2009 1:07 am

thanks :)

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Re: Chicago Class of 2012

Postby cameronfraser88 » Fri Jun 26, 2009 4:41 am

I want to be in this thread next year

my stats are 2.1

URM- Canadian

haven't lsat yet but I've been timing myself 1 min a problem and I get a 180

I cant wait to WRITE the test

Which should take? full ride at Chicago or mustache ride at Yale?

Are large woman to Chicago to keep warm? maybe cat?

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Re: Chicago Class of 2012

Postby Mr. T6 » Fri Jun 26, 2009 8:54 am

reminiscent wrote:i was gonna send in my facebook picture for the glass menagerie, but then i read the part of how they send the booklet to hiring firms, so i'm going to try to find a more professional looking pic.

for those who've visited the u of c campus, how far away is the new graduate residence hall from the law school? i don't want to die while walking in the snow to school, so this is pretty important information.


I lived in New Grad last year. I am currently at Regents, and I will be back at New Grad in the fall. Among all of your classmates, you'll be the least likely to die. It's three blocks away -- closer than any other university housing, except one place on 61st.

Your chances of dying will escalate dramatically when you try to buy groceries, as the closest place is on 55th. That's the silent killer.

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Re: Chicago Class of 2012

Postby Mr. T6 » Fri Jun 26, 2009 9:00 am

lawschoolnovice wrote:does the size of the pic we send in matter? (pixels etc.?) they say something about wanting 300 dpi, but i have no idea to tell if the pic i'm sending in fits that requirement or not ...


None of them look great, anyway. I wouldn't worry about it.

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Re: Chicago Class of 2012

Postby reminiscent » Fri Jun 26, 2009 4:50 pm

asdf
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Re: Chicago Class of 2012

Postby Mr. T6 » Sat Jun 27, 2009 11:24 am

reminiscent wrote:how do they assign new graduate residence hall rooms? do 2nd and 3rd years get priority? or is it strictly a time thing based on who gets their deposit and app in first? do most people who request to be located there get in?


This year, I had priority and picked the room I wanted. However, last year, they assigned me to a room adjacent to five other 1Ls. I think they aspire to cluster the 1Ls, giving you a chance to get to know them. It worked. On many nights, we had long hallway conversations, and my initial group of friends was a cross-section of my neighbors. (Later, I branched out and found friends with more common interests, but that's irrelevant.)

If you want a larger room, you will be assigned to one of the four corners of the building. Otherwise, the timing of your deposit is not important. Someone off the waitlist lived next to me all year. Like I suggested earlier, they try to put you among other law students.

If you ask for a room, you will likely get it. There is a minor chance that it will conflict with, for example, my preference, in which case I have priority based on seniority, but few people stay for two years, and the building is large enough to accomodate most preferences.

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Re: Chicago Class of 2012

Postby lilybbloom » Wed Jul 01, 2009 5:02 pm

wow first security alert from UChicago (shooting this morning) and we haven't even arrived on campus yet... kind of worrisome. How close was the shooting to campus? Is 63rd street significantly south, north, or what?

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Re: Chicago Class of 2012

Postby curiouser » Wed Jul 01, 2009 5:33 pm

lilybbloom wrote:wow first security alert from UChicago (shooting this morning) and we haven't even arrived on campus yet... kind of worrisome. How close was the shooting to campus? Is 63rd street significantly south, north, or what?

I was wondering when someone was going to say something about these.

Security alerts include the more significant stuff -- i.e., not the everyday pickpocketing/mugging/stolen car/whathaveyou -- and only when there's reason to believe that members of the community should be on heightened alert. I think that most of us get pretty inured to them. Chicago's a big city, and, yes, there's violent crime, just like in the Village or Morningside -- we just get regular e-mails about it.

The alert was at "63rd Street near Drexel" which is two blocks south and one block west of the law school. Not particularly far, but most people I know don't stray south of the law school anyway.

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Re: Chicago Class of 2012

Postby seeker63 » Wed Jul 01, 2009 6:40 pm

When you get alerts like this, they're almost always south of the law school. This is why it it not good to live south of the law school.

There was a period of 2 weeks or so during early third quarter when four or five shootings took place about 4-5 blocks away from the law school. But usually the alerts are infrequent. I suspect it's rare that a person unknown to the shooter gets shot.

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Re: Chicago Class of 2012

Postby southernlady » Wed Jul 01, 2009 8:05 pm

seeker63 wrote:When you get alerts like this, they're almost always south of the law school. This is why it it not good to live south of the law school.

There was a period of 2 weeks or so during early third quarter when four or five shootings took place about 4-5 blocks away from the law school. But usually the alerts are infrequent. I suspect it's rare that a person unknown to the shooter gets shot.

So we should be fine! Unless the shooters are law students...

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Re: Chicago Class of 2012

Postby seeker63 » Wed Jul 01, 2009 8:23 pm

southernlady wrote:
seeker63 wrote:When you get alerts like this, they're almost always south of the law school. This is why it it not good to live south of the law school.

There was a period of 2 weeks or so during early third quarter when four or five shootings took place about 4-5 blocks away from the law school. But usually the alerts are infrequent. I suspect it's rare that a person unknown to the shooter gets shot.

So we should be fine! Unless the shooters are law students...

Not yet, but after this summer's OCI who knows what could happen.

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Re: Chicago Class of 2012

Postby lilybbloom » Wed Jul 01, 2009 10:21 pm

seeker63 wrote:When you get alerts like this, they're almost always south of the law school. This is why it it not good to live south of the law school.

There was a period of 2 weeks or so during early third quarter when four or five shootings took place about 4-5 blocks away from the law school. But usually the alerts are infrequent. I suspect it's rare that a person unknown to the shooter gets shot.


Normally that would be my guess, too, but from the email it seems like this was a mugging, which could happen to anyone. I am not a sheltered person by any means, but this does worry me. We get security alerts at Northwestern, too, mainly muggings (I'd say 2-3 a year), the only major alert during my time there was a rape a couple years back, about 5 blocks off campus.

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Re: Chicago Class of 2012

Postby Mr. T6 » Wed Jul 01, 2009 11:01 pm

63rd might as well be another world. Seriously, I would NOT worry about it. I lived on 60th the entire year and never ventured past 61st. I knew, and everyone else did, that 63rd was an assumption of risk hypothetical.




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