[UPDATE: Photos appear below]
I just got back from St. Louis tonight. And I want to preface this by saying I have read all the comments from the weekend (except the really long ones or the ones that were written in computer code). I'll gloss over some of the minor stuff first.
(1) I haven't seen the TiVo of the final, and I napped through the OT period (woke up in time for the PKs though), but I have to disagree with Tacitus. Almost all versions of the rules of soccer, including FIFA's, allow a linesman to indicate to the referee when a violation has occurred. Again, I've only seen the highlights, but the linesman and the ref can communicate via the mics they have, and I wouldn't be surprised if one of the linesmen saw what happened and told the ref. Perfectly legit to red card under the current rules.
[Slight update: I just watched the TiVo. I can't imagine the officials handling that any better. Any insinuation that the linesman saw it on the replay is just that, speculation. He was monitoring the near sideline limited to Italy's half of the field. Perfect position to see it, and I'll assume he did. Just because that idiot Marcello Balboa says they might have seen it, doesn't make it so].
(2) The person subletting from me needs to find a roommate for the year starting in the fall. If any incoming or current Boalties need a female roommate (White, blonde, psych major, and loves sarcasm), e-mail me and I will pass it along to her.
(3) I was in St. Louis to visit Wash U Law School with a friend of mine. Much like my mission to USF, this revealed a few interesting tidbits.
(a) I was not disgusted to be in their building. Sure it's named Anheiser-Busch hall, but it's gorgeous. I almost never want to leave the building. All professors' offices are near the library so that students can have easy access. (Be sure to pack 3 days worth of supplies if you plan on searching for an office in Simon Hall...Boalt's Simon Hall). Speaking of the library, marvelous is how I'd describe it. Just the sun shining through...classically styled furniture. Amazing. Oh and students get 24 hour access to it. I hate studying in Boalt's library. Even if you line it with gold I will not touch it with a 10 ft pole. But why can't we have access to the building (including the library) 24/7 with out IDs? I can easily see some students really using a journal office to study, crash, run to a final in the morning. Really...is that so hard? I hope at least the new building has such a feature...including a study area for students.
Their equivalent of Zeb had a flatscreen TV. I really hope I don't have to add too much more to explain this one.
(b) *cough* Their staff bent over backwards. This might be a function of a visiting student, or it might be the Midwestern hospitality (those people are eerily friendly), but wow did I feel welcome or what. Now I'm going to name some names and get into details.
I did not like their Career Services Staff. I'll take Terry Galligan over them any day. I'm glad TG got permission from the chambers (and the commenter who keeps whining that we didn't post the article online really needs to learn how to use lexis) and sent us the article. (Emphasis on permission to distribute. Further emphasis on the audience of this blog being those in the legal field who are inherently competitive and wouldn't miss the chance to screw anyone over, esp. for something as blatant as violating federal laws. Again, I'm addressing that particular commenter who really still is too dense to get it. Did you get your article in multiple formats? I'll even send it to you in WordPerfect format if you'd like). Anyway, yes, he went out of his way to help us and that's definitely deserving of praise.
The Dean of Students seemed friendly and really nice. She just didn't have the quirkiness of D.O. Again, I'd take D.O. But then there were the rest. From admissions through financial aid, everyone knew everyone else, and we were introduced from one to the next in friendly ways I have not seen at a law school for about 2 years. I'm reminded of Admit Day '04 when Eileen Ladarre spoke to potential students. Only those who were present could appreciate the sheer terror. Then her mean side came out during orientation.
(c). Students. No comparison.
Rent is dirt cheap. I think we overpay by at least $4000 a year in rent. The school needs to consider this.
Our coffee shops rock.
Weather and legal market are far superior in Cal.
Anyway, those are the brief comparisons. But more substantially, all the things pointed in the comments regarding the grades, and the things I mention here need to be taken seriously as the school moves forward. No, I don't have a sense of entitlement...unless asking for something more than mediocrity is a sense of entitlement. What was true when I first visited Boalt is still true today...students just don't have that sense of jumping out of their shoes to want to be law students here. And by here I mean the building. Like I said, the opportunities we have, the faculty, the students, etc. are amazing. But when I walk down our halls, I'm just not excited about stepping into a state of the art classroom. I just don't feel I can alter a 150 year bureaucracy that gives the DMV a run for its money. I need a Sherpa to find a professor's office.
Again, all that is good about our school really outweighs the bad, but I think it is healthy to address the bad and really move us into that top 5 category that DE envisions. I just think a few field trips might help make that happen.This
is Simon Hall, which is adjacent to Anheiser-Busch Hall. Incidentally they have keggers every Friday afternoon where professors are encouraged to attend and mingle. I dream of a law library reading room to look like this
. While lockers at Boalt are as run down as my public, LAUSD high school lockers, the lockers
at Wash look like the lockers of the executive lockerroom at my gym. Yes, they are that high. Along with the cheap rent you expected to make a sacrifice
. While their law school looks better than ours
, St. Louis doesn't have a decent view
of the Golden Gate.