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  1. 4 points
    It disturbs me that this is how someone applying to an MDiv, the ministerial preparation degree, would respond to being rejected. Especially the idea that "earned" would be a relevant category, and that any amount of work you do should get you what you want by manner of course.
  2. 3 points
    Eternal Optimist

    Fall 2014 applicants??

    Guys! I just received a funded offer from Boise State University Wanted to share the news with you all.
  3. 3 points
    it's not even common practice for top graduate students to publish in top journals in philosophy.
  4. 3 points
    You might want to look up the meaning of non sequitur.
  5. 2 points
    Classical Hebrew Thomas O. Lambdin's Introduction to Biblical Hebrew (I've read and tutored now out of a handful of others, and I still think Lambdin's is the best BH grammar I've seen) Ronald J. Williams' Williams' Hebrew Syntax (Third Edition) Resnikoff, et al. Tall Tales Told in Biblical Hebrew (this is fun. My professor had us read from these to practice recitation. I found them really helpful...here's a link) Ethelyn Simon's Og the Terrible (a comic book written for children learning Hebrew in synagogue and written in BH. Also fun...here's a link) Waltke & O'Connor, Introduction to Biblical Hebrew Syntax (huge, but really good) Rabbinic Hebrew Fernandez's An Introductory Grammar of Rabbinic Hebrew Ugaritic (haven't personally used any of these, but they come highly recommended) Schniedewind & Hunt, A Primer on Ugaritic: Language, Culture, and Religion Huehnergard, An Introduction to Ugaritic Aramaic Greenspahn, An Introduction to Aramaic (second edition) (covers Imperial, inscriptional, Targumic, and Dead Sea Scrolls, and even has a chapter on Midrashic) Rosenthal, A Grammar of Biblical Aramaic Jastrow, Dictionary of the Targumim, the Talmud Babli and Yerushalmi, and the Midrashic Literature (I think this can be found online) Torah with Targum Onkelos and Rashi's Commentary (link) Johns, A Short Grammar of Biblical Aramaic Greek I've taught Greek once, and I used Mounce. It's not my favorite, but I think it's the most student friendly. I also think Metzger's Lexical Aids for Students of New Testament Greek is helpful. When I learned, I also used Athenaze. Schoder, et al., A Reading Course in Homeric Greek (books 1 and 2) are also really good if you're interested in Homeric Greek. Latin Shelmerdine, Introduction to Latin Goldman and Morton, English Grammar for Students of Latin is helpful Coptic Lambdin, Introduction to Sahidic Coptic (I haven't used this one yet, but I've heard good things) Syriac In addition to what's already been mentioned: Muroaka, Classical Syriac for Hebraists You can also find The Laughable Stories of Bar-Hebraeus online (just google it). These are fun and easy to read.
  6. 2 points
    Something in your app likely reflected how you are speaking now. It's really not all that bad, to be honest. Many 'people,' as you no doubt discovered in your younger years living in a homeless shelter, use sexual slander as rhetorical device. Many people also know when to turn this off and on, me included, though not without years of fucking up. Just know that acting/talking like this will keep you out of the running for competitive jobs and degrees in the future. No need to feel bad about it. Shame won't work with you. Shame and hate is likely what got you through all that great schooling before. Now it's time to grow a bit. Let the hate go, mate. But, for now, you got into some good schools. Good luck. <3
  7. 2 points

    Fiction About Grad Students

    When I was working in my undergrad's archives as a student, I discovered someone had written a murder mystery about History PhD students getting murdered in my alma mater's library. The book was called "Death By Dissertation" and what little I read of it was as cheesy as it sounds.
  8. 2 points
    Not to mention the post above is disrespectful and diminishing to those who were accepted.
  9. 1 point
    Considering our specialized needs, I figured I'd start a thread for putting our heads together and compiling a semi-comprehensive list of language resources for our purposes as religious studies students. While there are tons of texts out there for studying modern languages, I wanted to focus on texts that mainly helps one pass a reading/translation exam. A lot of the ancient languages I'm having a hard time pinning down texts, and I'd love to be able to pick your brain for resources, if you have experience in the specific language. I'll go back and compile the list peridiocally, and please feel free to mention what languages I've forgotten. It probably says a lot about me that I can think of more dead languages off of the top of my head than modern ones, haha Well, here goes! I'm throwing on what texts I can think of to get us started. Whee! Modern German - German Quickly: A Grammar for Reading German, April Wilson (haven't actually used this, so can't personally vouch) - Modern Theological German: A Reader and Dictionary, Helmut W. Ziefle - Introduction to Theological German: A Beginner's Course for Theological Students, J. D. Manton French - French for Reading, Karl C. Sandberg - Reading French: A Guide for Students of Religion and Theology, K. Janet Ritch Spanish Hebrew Tibetan Ancient Greek (Koine) Greek (Attic) - Athenaze: An Introduction to Ancient Greek, Maurice Balme Latin (Classical) - Wheelock's Latin Latin (Eccliastical) Ugaritic Arkadian Coptic - A Coptic Grammar: With Chrestomathy and Glossary, Bentley Layton Arabic (Quranic) Ugaritic Phoenician Aramaic Hebrew (Biblical) Sanskrit - Devavanipravesika: An Introduction to the Sanskrit Language, Robert P. Goldman
  10. 1 point
    Hello everyone! A friend recently introduced me to the forums; I've been obsessively checking the results, and figured checking the forums might be somewhat more constructive. So, how early is too early to email your hoped-for institution to ask about application decisions? I'm really hoping for UW-Milwaukee's MA program, and nervously checking the posted results is going to give me an ulcer.
  11. 1 point

    A- in MA, Kiss of Death?

    lol no
  12. 1 point
    If we're worried about people over-staying because they are applying for a visa renewal, we might just as well worry about people not bothering trying to renew their visa and over-staying just for the heck of it. As was already mentioned, the document you need to keep valid throughout your stay in the US is your I-20 or DS-2019, not your visa. Even if someone is denied a new visa, they could in principle stay in the US until their documents expire, and they probably would appreciate knowing that they won't be able to re-enter the US because presumably their belongings would remain behind them in the US if all they are doing is going away for a few days for a conference. The main argument I see for letting students extend (or renew) their visas from the US is the hassle that it creates if you need to renew them from abroad, especially since you're supposed to get the visa renewed in your home country and not in any other US embassy. Doing that (=trying at another embassy) sometimes works and sometimes doesn't and there is a risk involved. Needing to fly to your home country after every visit to another country is expensive and it takes much longer to then be able to get back into the US. We are talking here about people who need to leave e.g. to go to a conference and who otherwise have valid documents, so people who we otherwise expect to get their visas renewed but who have the misfortune of being citizens of countries that the US is not on the best terms with. People who aren't sure of their status or don't have all of their (other) documents in order will probably not leave the US to begin with.
  13. 1 point

    Northwestern University Admissions

    Congrats!! I'm holding my breath for an email!!!!
  14. 1 point

    Northwestern University Admissions

    For those on the wait list, I'm Admitted but will be declining. Congrats sayjo! Is this your top choice? You have some great options.
  15. 1 point
    thank you so much. You just made me delete that "draft ' email i had prepared
  16. 1 point

    Mental Rotation Test

    Hi I am looking for any test related to the visuospatial ability for my research. I am doing a research on the effect of hormone on the visuospatial ability. I am interested in the Vandenberg & Kuse paper and pencil test or Shepard and Metzler type mental rotation test. Is it possible for me to get the copy of the test? Thank you.
  17. 1 point
    I've done a few posters. Besides all the other advice, my advice is to WEAR COMFORTABLE SHOES!!!
  18. 1 point


    Hoping everyone receives some good news this week!
  19. 1 point

    Applying for Fall 2014

    Do you think that really matters much? All my references were from my (current) undergrad conservatory professors, only one of whom has a musicology PhD, and it doesn't appear to have been a problem for my application. If you want to study for its own sake and to continue working on your English/writing skills, I think that's great, especially if you can get funded and view it as a 'job'. But in and of itself, having more degrees and contacts is not going to get anyone into a PhD program...only the work you produce will do that.
  20. 1 point

    How to Decline an Offer

    What I wrote: Dear .... I'm honored to have been awarded a Graduate Teaching Assistantship. At this time, though, I'm afraid I have already committed to keeping my current position at .... Thank you so much for all the encouragement, and I wish you and your program the best. Sincerely, ... What I meant: Dear ... Sorry: I had to remove you from the wait-list. After being accepted via mail, and waiting a few weeks, I sent an email about the GTA, detailing some timelines of my own. I wasn't trying to be annoying; I really just wanted any word (however unofficial) so that I could make a decision. Though I know you are busy and have many commitments, sorry, I was simply tired of the stress of waiting, and decided it's really nice to make money. Best. ...
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  22. 1 point
    I love the title of this thread. Don't know if anyone else is going through this, but I keep waking up in the middle of the night to check my phone/email inbox. (The time difference between the US and the UK!) I haven't had a full night's sleep since late February...
  23. 1 point

    Continental Philosophy Suggestions

    Yeah. I think my point is just that it's probably easier if you're familiar with some basics.
  24. 1 point

    Waitlist Thread

    Arizona too?
  25. 1 point

    Getting a university to reject you?

    I agree with jenste--there has to be some reason that the OP needs an actual rejection, and not just withdrawing. But the OP may not want to share, for privacy reasons! To the OP: I assume that you know there is no practical difference for you between a withdrawal and a rejection. If you don't think you will get an unwanted acceptance and you are patient, you will most likely get a rejection by the time the summer comes around. Or at least, by then if you call them and ask what's going on, they will likely tell you it's a rejection. If you are afraid you will get accepted and you don't want others to know that you got accepted and then turned down the offer, you might try to call them to ask them to reject you and give a reason and they might do it. Or, they might not, because perhaps the department gets their admission decisions audited and it might hurt them if they rejected you, a great candidate, and accepted a lesser candidate. However, your application and the admission decision is private information and you don't have to disclose it to any other agency if you don't want to. If for some reason, you have to demonstrate that the school you actually want to attend was the best one you applied to, then just don't even disclose the fact that you applied to this school. Also, if you need a rejection letter for some non-official reason (e.g. jenste's example of family pressure), you can easily fake a rejection email, or just tell them you got rejected. Some of the places that rejected me just sent me a one line email like "Dear TakeruK, Unfortunately we could not accept you to _______ because we were only able to admit X out of Y great applications. Best of luck, Prof. X"
  26. 1 point
    I want to be clear that I wasn't saying that experience or volunteer work doesn't matter - everything you can do enriches you as a person, and as a candidate for an MSW. What I was trying to convey is that helping your grandmother pay her bills can be social work experience, if you come at it the right way. I hope that U of T does indeed look at applications holistically. I'm sure there are many people who have been in caregiver/unpaid roles that perhaps didn't allow as much time for volunteering, but whose experience would mirror volunteering. As someone with significant student loan debt, no help from my family, and living in a very expensive city, I don't have a problem saying that I didn't spend 20 hours a week volunteering for the last ten years, and instead have had a full time job. I explained my choices in my application, and they'll work for U of T or they won't, and if necessary, I'll do it again next year. So much of even being able to apply to grad school speaks to privileges that not everyone has had the opportunity to leverage, and I think it's important we recognize that winding roads are okay. Not everyone's life is the same, and wouldn't it be boring if they were! On a crazier note: I can't stop checking ROSI, even though I know they won't be posting anything for weeks! I admire anyone who can wait for the envelope :-)
  27. 1 point
    If you are deciding between $20k of debt and $100k of debt, make sure you check out the loan repayment calculator first! https://studentloans.gov/myDirectLoan/mobile/repayment/repaymentEstimator.action Is 10 years of paying over $1200 per month to Uncle Sam worth going to your dream school? Maybe it is, but I'm at an expensive school right now and I know a lot of my classmates are regretting their choice after realizing that job prospects are still pretty good no matter where you go. It might take a couple extra years to work your way into the ideal hospital job if you go to a local cheap school instead of MGH, but going to the local cheap school might mean that when you do get your ideal job 2-3 years after graduating, you're already practically debt-free...
  28. 1 point

    Tips on cutting some moving costs

    - Ship all your media (books, CDs, DVDs) via USPS. It is shipped at a much cheaper rate. I think you can send about 200lbs. for less than $100. - Ship your heaviest stuff in large flat rate boxes. I stuffed all my shoes in two boxes and it was $16ish a box. They would have taken up a lot of room in my car. - Price out freight for shipping furniture. You can get a mattress box from a store and ship it freight for cheaper than it would cost to get a uhaul rental sometimes. - If you know your parents will be sending you package, leave a bag of off-season clothing for them to use as packaging materials. - Sell everything you can and rebuy/CL when you get there. You'll be sad when you realize how much you spend in shipping vs. how much it really would have cost to just sell and rebuy. - Don't forget, the heavier your car, the more gas you go through. Hope some of these help!
  29. 1 point
    Yes Definately !!! At least call them and ask if its possible. No harm calling them right . It would cost you addtitional 25 $ per school though, as you know .
  30. 1 point
    Xanax is very fast acting, so it's used more for acute treatment of panic attacks and whatnot. Things like Zoloft and Prozac are much better for anxiety treatment in the longterm. And my Zoloft dose is perfect, thank you very much.
  31. 1 point
    PhD applicant

    Stupid Thread

  32. 1 point

    popular things you hate

    I actually really like hummus, but I hate how people are like "I LOVE HUMMUS" and bring it to every class for snack. Reminds me of this: http://stuffwhitepeoplelike.com/2008/10/27/112-hummus/
  33. 1 point

    Welcome to the 2013-2014 Cycle

    Last rejection from Maryland came this morning. No surprises, but that closes out my cycle. Can't say I'll totally disappear, since I'm already planning for next cycle, but I'll be taking a couple of weeks to rest off the emotions from this one. Huge, huge congratulations to everyone with good news this time around, and best of luck in the fall! And thank you to all of you, for being such a great support group during this process.
  34. 1 point
    Your rude attitude is completely unnecessary and insulting. I'm not stupid as you'd like to think. I know precisely what curation entails. I keep trying to point out to YOU however that this thread was intended to address exploring a range of possibilities and understanding how other jobs work so you know how to best consult someone else. You've done nothing this whole time but denigrate me and my intellect and follow it up with the idea that I don't know what I'm talking about when multiple people have pointed out getting experience in smaller places can be GREAT for getting a feel for the field. My expertise in museums comes from the fact that museum studies IS my degree. You have repeatedly shown us why art history is perceived as elitist: apparently I can't POSSIBLY know anything about what I study because my PhD isn't in hand, I'm a potential embarassment because I'm not wealthy, I should expect other people to teach me how to write labels (not professors, but co-workers!), suggesting to learn other skills in case you aren't in the most elite bastion of museums is indicative that I don't understand how they work, and to top it all off my degree is "tedious", boring, and actually knowing how museums run, work, what their goals are, what my goals should be, etc means I am just ignorant of what "real" (read: what you DEEM worthy) curation is about. Using my example about STUDENTS failing to frame properly as indicative that I think all curators should frame things and so on. You've made wild leaps of assumptions about where I have worked and where Borden has worked and place yourself at the top. You've blatantly and intentionally twisted my meaning and words to make yourself right at every step "layouts and object placement as prep for an EXHIBITION BEING CURATED". And I'm tired of it. You're making things up to call me an idiot when I've done nothing here but suggest that learning about things besides curation can be helpful for figuring out what it is you DO want to know how to do. I never said "be able to do conservation" I said "know what conservators do." I don't know why you think I pissed in your cereal but give it a rest already. If I didn't have extensive curatorial experience I wouldn't have been accepted, end of story. Honestly I was willing to let this die in peace but I am sick and tired of the backhanded insults. I don't get what your real issue is here because otherwise we might agree. Instead you've just taken your time to pick apart things I didn't actually say and insult me with them.
  35. 1 point
    Hey everyone! I realize that this might not be the "best" place to be posting since I am currently doing my Master's in SLP now, and I realize that this is a place for you all to vent (and don't get me wrong I know that it is VERY needed at times like these) but I just thought that I would share my history of applying for SLP with you all to maybe give at least someone some inspiration. I'm from Canada, and as I'm sure many of you know, there are A LOT less program options here than there are in the States. So naturally the first time I applied, I applied to 6/10 the Canadian programs (2 of them I didn't have the right pre-requisites for, one of them I didn't apply to because even though my French is good, I didn't understand their website haha and with the stress from all the other schools, I couldn't be bothered to figure it out, and the other I didn't want to write the GRE for). Despite everyone's "you'll get in somewhere don't worry, you're amazing" and "of course you'll get into McGill, that's where you did your undergrad so they will for sure take you!", I got rejected from every single one. Not even a wait list! After this, I figured okay, clearly I need to fix something, went back to school to take the pre-requisites that I was missing to allow me to also apply to the other 2 schools, studied for the GRE (didn't do super hot…did well but not stellar), did even more volunteer work and re-applied again a second time. Once again, no acceptances, no wait lists. So I went on for about a month afterwards, super depressed and didn't really know what to do with my life. Then I decided that this was truly what I wanted to do with my life. So I left my job (working at a restaurant/bar…nothing special), did a whole bunch of volunteer work, re-studied and re-took the GRE, and went back to school part-time AGAIN, but this time I re-took some of the classes that I got below an A- (but at a different University) so that I could boost my GPA of my last 20 classes (since I already knew the material and wasn't learning it for the first time, I got all A+'s and one A in the 6 classes I took). Days passed after hearing everyone on here getting accepted, still no acceptances, then a few rejections rolled in. I remember like it was yesterday, one drunken night I was super depressed, drinking wine on my patio (by myself - yes depressed mode haha!) and I literally crumbled to the ground crying. I must have cried for about 20 minutes just thinking "What's my plan B?" And I got really mad at myself because I DIDN'T have a plan B!! This is what I wanted to do and I knew it!! So finally I calmed myself down and drunkenly decided that even though it would be another year striving for this goal of mine, I would do what I thought it took to achieve it. This made me feel a lot better about myself, I just wasn't sure what everyone else would think if it would come time to tell them. Few days later, I got wait listed at one school, which turned into an acceptance a week after that. All this to say, it took A LOT of time and A LOT of perseverance, but I finally did it! And I can honestly say, I couldn't be more happy than being with the classmates that I am with right now. And I can also honestly say, that if I didn't get in last year, I'd still be trucking away trying to achieve my goal. I hope that every single one of you gets in to at least one school and if not, don't hesitate to contact the University to see where you can improve (most are very helpful with that) and keep following your dreams! Don't give up!
  36. 1 point
    All my related programs went down. Although, I will say that generally speaking, these are the go-to programs. If you're attending any program on the (complete) list, you're attending a well-known, prestigious and relevant program. http://www.university-list.net/us/rank/univ-20131034.htm Other programs I would add to the list above include UVA, UConn, Boston College and maybe others. I don't know much about student affairs programs, so I can't comment on those. UConn is def a student affairs centric program.
  37. 1 point
    I haven't heard that many besides "I'm sure you'll get in everywhere" (sweetheart, I applied to Caltech - no, I will not get in everywhere). I actually really appreciated my parents' comments. My dad, who has been the graduate coordinator at an elite private university, assured me that I'd would probably get into one of them, but my mom's comment was the best. When I mentioned that I felt weird calling my POI to see whether they had my decisions yet because it might be awkward if they had rejected me, she said "well, if they you rejected you they should be ashamed, so it's their own fault." Thanks, mom.
  38. 1 point
    It came down to a few things: 1) I felt like I connected better to future PIs at UCSF compared to Harvard. Faculty at both schools do amazing research, but the researchers I met with at UCSF genuinely seemed like they care about their grad students and want them to succeed. I didn't get this as much from Harvard. 2) In general, I liked the BMS students a LOT more than the BBS students -- might have been just me though! 3) People just seemed happier at UCSF compared to Harvard. That definitely factored into how I remembered each school after I left. Are you leaning to one school over the other right now? For me it ended up coming down to UCSF, MIT, and Harvard and I'm stoked to be in San Fran next year! Yeah, I liked the professors I talked to at Yale, but didn't really get along with the current graduate students. Also didn't like New Haven at all. Housing in San Francisco actually doesn't worry me too much...the way I see it is a lot of graduate students are currently doing it without being completely miserable so we should be able to too
  39. 1 point

    Pooches and PhDs

    I got a puppy my first year of grad school, and holy moly was pottytraining during my first semester a gigantic mistake. Your strategy sounds way smarter. Buuuut I was in a relationship at the time, SO was unemployed, so it worked out okay. And my dog licked the tears off my face, so that was pretty great. The whole "having a dog" part is wonderful--it's great to come home after a terrible day and have the dog stoked to see me. Unfortunately, there are also a few issues I didn't think of when I got the dog. Depending on how you can schedule things, having a dog in grad school can be great. I've been able to go home around lunchtime, and my roommate takes him out if something happens and I get stuck on campus for 12+ hours. Not knowing your schedule right now (teaching and seminars), I'd be cautious if you live alone and can't get someone to take the dog out. Scheduling conflicts that you can't control will come up, and it's pretty terrible to leave a dog by themselves for that long. I will also say: it's way harder to find pet-friendly apartments in university towns, and they usually rip you off with a huge deposit or extra fee per month for the pet. (in addition to other vet/food/etc costs you'll incur). I don't mean to sound so negative Nancy here--but if you're single/living alone with a dog your first year in a new place with the stress of a new program, things might be dicey.
  40. 1 point
    Off the top of my head: German Sandberg, German for Reading (essentially the same as his French book; excellent but out of print) Spanish Sandberg, Spanish for Reading (not as detailed as the French or German books) Latin Harrison, Millennium: A Latin Reader (A.D. 374-1374) (texts from the period indicated with light notes) Koine Greek Randall Buth's living Koine Greek materials Decker, Koine Greek Reader: Selections from the New Testatment, the Septuagint, and Early Christian Writers Christophe Rico's Polis: Parler le grec ancien comme une langue vivante (introductory Koine text almost completely in Koine; also available in Italian and German) Whitacre, A Patristic Greek Reader (selections from various writers, ranging from Ignatius to Gregory of Nazianzus; copious notes for intermediate students) Classical Greek Hansen and Quinn, Mastronarde, JACT Reading Greek, and Athenaze are some first-year courses. Biblical Hebrew Randall Buth's living Biblical Hebrew materials Mansoor, Biblical Hebrew Weingreen, A Practical Grammar of Classical Hebrew
  41. 1 point

    Relationships in Academia

    I am SO glad I found this thread! My boyfriend of 3 years and I are about to embark on a LDR for the foreseeable future (at least the next year, but maybe longer). We were both born and raised in NC, and he knew when we started dating that I would be going to graduate school for my PhD. At this point, I'm pretty sure that I'll be going to the University of Washington in Seattle. It was by-far the best program for me, even though it is across the country. We both recognize that a LDR relationship will be difficult, but we are willing to give it a try for a year and then re-evaluate our relationship. Right now, he's not moving because of his work (he's a music teacher and it would be difficult to rebuild his client-base with his level of experience). I think he might move in a year or so, but it's not certain. Right now, his work and his dream are in our home state, and it's not in his benefit to move just yet. My undergraduate advisor (who moved from LA to Cornell for graduate school, even though that meant leaving her boyfriend (now husband) of 5 years behind) gave me some great advice. She said at the end of the day, you have to live with YOURSELF. It's okay to be selfish, because it is your life and your dream. She said that if her husband didn't propose, then someone else would have. I don't believe in soul mates, so I definitely see and agree with what she's saying. I want to be married to someone who will love me no matter the distance, no matter what gets thrown at us. I wish graduate school wasn't a "test" in this sense, but it kind of is. Even though it's incredibly painful to think about life without my boyfriend, I know that if our relationship didn't work out, and I had stayed on the east coast just for him, I would regret that decision for the rest of my life.
  42. 1 point

    Favorite Sociologists

    I'm a huge fan of Patricia Hill Collins. I got to meet her and get her to sign her most recent book back in 2012 at the National Women's Studies Association's Annual conference. It was amazing. She was amazing.
  43. 1 point
    So let me get this straight. You are saying that the "issues related to sex and gender based harms/crimes" thread is not the proper place to doubt a woman's testimony. However, everyone has already doubted Ludlow's testimony! Is this only a place for us to assume professors are guilty and that false accusations never happen? Almost every poster has suggested that he is a sex criminal and man to be avoided, even with a total lack of evidence, but you are upset that I suggested that she might be crazy or a liar? Also, Ian, I don't think reasonable skepticism about the validity of a completely unsubstantiated testimony is AT ALL related to problems in some philosophy departments. I don't care if the accuser is a man, woman, or child...it is simply unfair to assume guilt based on a single testimony. It is completely possible that the accuser is crazy or a liar. Do you deny that possibility? Surely you don't. ...So are you suggesting that because there are real climate issues in philosophy departments, we ought to show women deference and not question them when they make accusations? Even if we know nothing about the case? That's absurd. That merely creates a new climate issue: it's called a witch hunt. Do you want to practice philosophy in a climate where we jump to conclusions and assume every accusation is true? I know there is a MASSIVE pressure to white-knight any time a women/sex issue arises. The socially safest thing to do is assume that in every case there is a male professor dominating and taking advantage of a female undergraduate, and then defend to the bitter end that surely this was one of those cases. No evidence? "These issues are hard to prove!" Evidence to the contrary? "That evidence doesn't say anything! I'm going to apply all of my skepticism only to evidence that suggests the testimony was false!" This inconsistency is currently socially valued. If you are ever seen posing some skepticism to a testimony, YOU ARE NOW THE PROBLEM. No. No. Some skepticism is NOT the problem. Waiting to see the evidence before drawing a conclusion is NOT the problem.
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    MSPP-MPP admissions acceptance 2014

    Congrats, I just got in too! All the e-mail says is, "Your application will be passed on to the MSPP Scholarship Committee, and you will hear from us in the coming weeks if you have been selected for merit funding." I'd imagine a month or so?
  45. 1 point
    I have the pleasure of dealing with a mysteriously stinky fridge at home (I live in a rental, the fridge is at least 30 years old). 3 boxes of baking soda helps. I am sorry that this is the only input I have.
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    Wisdom Repository 2013

    My "words of wisdom" for the whole process... "May the odds be ever in your favor!" - Effie Trinket, The Hunger Games. "Play to your strengths." - Alastor "Mad-Eye" Moody, Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire.
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    2013 Applicants: Post Your Work

    Claremont isn't expensive if you get the appropriate financial aid. You should not go ANYWHERE if they are not paying all or most of your way. As far as "I would definately not go to Tennessee or anywhere in the south," sorry to see that you're letting bizarre regional biases limit your potential. Because it certainly sounds as if you're rejecting an entire region based on nothing. Of course, you're entitled to do that if you wish. I'm assuming you'll take more care with spelling and punctuation in your application than in your writing here.
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    Thoughts on Indiana SPEA

    SPEA is a great school -- one of the best. Most of the people who look down at IU are insulted that any school that isn't an ivy (or public ivy) is ranked as high as SPEA is.
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    Fluctuation in GRE scores?

    I'm taking the GRE soon and I've only taken three practice tests (most of my studying was vocab or questions which weren't in the test format). Before I did practice tests under test conditions, I thought I'd score < 165 on the verbal because of pretests, but that wasn't always the case on the practice tests. My scores were 170Q/166V, 169Q/169V and 169Q/163V in that order. I'm a little worried that my verbal dropped in the third case - are such drops unusual?
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    SIXX A.M.

    popular things you hate

    1)Rap, Hip Hop, Club and whatever crap Kesha, Miley Cirus, Justin Beiber etc etc play. 2)Europeans - overrated and a totally weird sense of entitlement. 3) LOL this, LOL that, You've Got SWAG, OMFG You are a Swaggot,. ( SWAG.....?????????.- what does it even mean??) 4) Vodka 5) the fetish to put everything You see on Instagram. 6) the Chinese fetish for white thing

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