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More students looking for future at law school
(U-WIRE) DAVIS, Calif. – The phrase “there’s always law school” is in full effect for students now more than ever. The result is that admittance to law school may be harder to come by in the future.

As a type of school that does not specify undergraduate courses or majors for its incoming students, law schools have become havens for students who want to expand their professional options. However, law schools must consider if applicants are merely postponing the inevitability of the job-seeking world in an economically unstable era.

While companies suffer financial setbacks and lay off employees, many are realizing that one way to avoid unemployment is to pursue higher education. According to the Law School Admission Council Web site, there was a 23.1 percent increases in LSAT tests administered in 2002 with 25,221 more test takers than the year before. Applications in fall 2002 have also increased 17.6 percent compared to the year before.

“There are a lot of students who are trying to bolster their skills by getting additional degrees,” said Sharon Pinkney, admissions director of the UC Davis School of Law.
-The California Aggie
(U. California-Davis)

Racism troubles Big 12 schools
(U-WIRE) NORMAN, Okla. – Recent incidents on University of Oklahoma’s main campus and at Texas A&M University have led to rising concerns of racial insensitivity within Big 12 schools.

On Jan. 26 three outlines of bodies, apparently resembling those from a murder scene, were found outside of Copeland Hall, according to the University of Oklahoma Department of Public Safety report. Each outline included a different derogatory comment – one against women, one against homosexuals and one against blacks.

At Texas A&M, an alleged “ghetto theme” party was canceled when the director of Residence Life received an e-mail informing him about the party and claiming that in the past it had included some students dressing up in Ku Klux Klan outfits and some wearing afro wigs.

These recent issues will be a topic of discussion next month as the Norman campus plays host to the 2003 Big 12 Conference on Black Student Government.
-Oklahoma Daily (U. Oklahoma)

Residence hall council demands mixed dorms at NYU
(U-WIRE) NEW YORK – The Inter-Residence Hall Council will submit a proposal to the New York University Office of Housing and Residence Life as early as next week requesting that the university allow mixed-sex housing for students next year, council members said.

The plan calls for a pilot program that would allow students to live with members of the opposite sex in NYU housing, the student group’s residential advocacy committee chair Javier Martinez said. Interested students would live in four-person suites with two double rooms, with each double housing one male and one female, he said.

According to the proposal, interested students would be required to undergo an application process during the annual housing lottery. Parental consent would not be needed. If the proposal is successful, council members said they hope to open the plan to freshmen as well.
-Washington Square News
(New York U.)

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