Wednesday, July 13, 2005

Berkeley Public

The comments to the post below raise two points that I really want to vent about separately.

First, an anonymous commenter writes:

after sendings a not-terribly-friendly email to the registrar, i was told the problem was with the main campus system, not with Boalt. yay underfunded public school
Not quite. Underfunded public school we are. Technological mediocrity, however, is not a product of that. I know I've harped on this at least once before but for a top 5 engineering school to be this retarded when it comes to its own IT is just stroke-inducing. I will continue to point to the use of internet at the far superior sister University in southern California ad nauseam because I think it's worth it to see how one starving public university can completely outdo another one that has a bunch of freshmen-oh-I-get-to-play-Counterstrike-while-at-work heading its IT. I'm just speculating, maybe Cal has apt, former Silicon Valley execs running the show. That could be the problem.

Second, there is what can only be described as a panic induced mass pandemonium regarding "grade cut-offs" for firms during OCIP...as if it matters to the poor sap who you're screwing whether you get your six-figures (and blackberry) from a New York firm or a boutique. For those of you insecure enough [these are the ones who (a) write "happy" with two p's instead of two h's and (b) probably worried incessantly about the law school they can get into with their LSAT and GPAs. Fortunately for you, the legal profession is only delighted to reward competitive advantages. Hope your evals (and contingent bonuses) go well...don't stress too much. ;) ] the method of conferring Order of the Coif by the Registrar may prove useful. Don't stress too much. ;)

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5 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

May I suggest a New Rule of Engagement: No posts before 8:00 a.m. I have read Cyrillic texts that made more sense than that, and I don't even know Cyrillic (To boot, I had to look up how to spell it) You're still on my list of favorites, though so "Don't stress too much. ;)"

7/13/2005 10:02 AM  
Blogger Armen said...

Hmm let us never speak of this post again.

7/13/2005 10:14 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I liked Armen's first point. UC Berkeley in general may very well have a less intense, less professional staff than similarly funded state schools. The Los Angeles populace may provide a more energetic, qualified pool of workers to UCLA than the city of Berkeley does for UC Berkeley. And, since UC Berkeley can't woo better staff from that far away (just as UCLA probably can't), Berkeley suffers more in the quality of its administration than UCLA. Sorry for offending the work ethic of Berkeley and surrounding environs!

Armen's second point is a bit unclear. I'm not sure what's going on and who's screwing who.

7/13/2005 1:03 PM  
Blogger Armen said...

It's not a zero-sum game. And that's the problem. With all the technological fuck ups, amazing people come to Boalt for all that you've listed and more and sort of shrug off the fact that apparently you will emerge retarded if you study for the bar exam in the library's main reading room (See Vanden Heuvel e-mail noting that, "A combination of inadequate ventilation throughout the building, no cross ventilation, and the Main Read Room's southern facing make it a fairly oxygen deprived space.") I too have resigned to the fact that monkeys will write A Tale of Two Cities before this school reaches the 20th Century (yes 20th), but at the very least those will come after us deserve better (and not just a building where law and business faculties will play hackey sack with each other).

7/14/2005 1:49 PM  
Blogger Disco Stu said...

"monkeys will write A Tale of Two Cities"

- "It was the best of times, it was the blurst of times"?! Stupid monkey!

7/14/2005 3:16 PM  

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