Thursday, April 30, 2009

Flash Rave: Part II

Last year I posted about a group of students (hundreds of them) from my alma mater, College of Charleston, who stormed the library during finals and had a flash rave.  Within a minute the library was packed with students waving glow sticks and playing rave music from boomboxes, then a few minutes later, they all disappeared.  According to an email I got from the student government president at CofC, it's happening again tonight.  

Things like that make me miss college.  I hope I never get too old and stuffy to appreciate a flash rave.  

UPDATE: And the rave has occurred.  Here's the updated story about it.  

Wednesday, April 29, 2009


No, I haven't stopped blogging, I just took a break for a while.  My first exam is tomorrow, and since it's Contracts II (the 1L class I dropped last year), I've been stressing over it.  The 1Ls seem extremely on their game, and the fact that 1L classes are curved makes it extra important to do very well.  Contracts is one of my favorite subjects -- it just makes sense to me -- but the sheer amount of information to learn makes it intimidating.  The good news is that I really like the professor and the exam should be fair.  Difficult, but fair.  

Next year I'll be the chief copy editor of The Crimson White, U of Alabama's newspaper.  I wasn't a journalism major, and since I want to write after law school, the experience will be very good for me.  This week is our first week of production for the new team -- kind of like a trial run so we can learn the editing system before next year.  It's my first time working in a newsroom, and so far I really like the process.  It's satisfying to take articles that are already written and make them better.  

Other than that, I'm just preparing for the move to DC for the summer to work for The New Republic.  I'm ecstatic to have the opportunity.  The other interns are Dylan Matthews, a freshman at Harvard who writes MiniPundit, and Elise Foley, a journalism and political science major at Northwestern.  Both are younger than me but have a lot of experience.  Dylan has already worked for Slate and interned at The American Prospect.  I have a lot to learn this summer, but I'm confident that I have a lot to contribute as well.  

Sunday, April 26, 2009

Exam Essentials

Oprah publishes a "My Favorite Things" section every month in her magazine with pictures of things that we simply must own to have a fulfilling life.  The problem is that these are like $1,000 candy bowls, $899 pumice-stone foot-softeners and other overpriced baubles that reasonable people wouldn't buy from a dollar store.  

Law students have their favorite things too, especially around exam time.  And good news!  You can buy these from normal people stores.  

1) Coffee

2) Post-It tabs.

3) Colorful Highlighters 

As simple as these things are, we could not survive exams without them.

Friday, April 17, 2009

Overheard in the Law School

"Okay, so this is something I've been thinking about.  What if you got scared half to death...twice?"

"The early bird may get the worm, but the second mouse gets the cheese."

"What if it were, like, a TRICK balloonist?"

I can't explain all of those quotations (and I think they're funnier out of context), except to say that the stress probably messes with our heads.  Clearly exam time is upon us.

Thursday, April 16, 2009


(The title of this post is from my favorite SNL skit of all time, when Will Ferrel was playing George W. Bush debating Al Gore.  At the end of the debate, the moderator asked both candidates to sum up their campaigns in one word.  Gore said "lock-box" [which I suppose counts as one word] and Bush said "strategery.")

The seminar I'm taking is on health care liability, and we all have to do 50-minute PowerPoint presentations on the papers we've been working on all semester.  My friend Robert just gave his, and the last slide had a picture of our professor on it alongside other "great Americans" (his words).

I have to give mine next time, and I'm thinking that flattering the professor is not a bad way to go.   

Tuesday, April 07, 2009

From the Anti-Fun Section of the Alabama Criminal Code

From the Alabama Criminal Code, Section 13A-14-3:

(a) It shall be unlawful for any person, firm, association or corporation to promote, advertise or conduct any marathon dance contests, walkathon contests or similar endurance contests, by whatever name called, of walking, dancing, riding or running, and it shall be unlawful for any person to participate in any marathon dance contest, walkathon contest or similar physical endurance contest by walking, dancing, riding or running continuing or intended to continue for a period of more than eight consecutive hours, whether or not an admission is charged or a prize awarded, and it shall be unlawful for any person to participate in more than one such contest or performance within any period of 48 hours.

Watch how long you dance in Alabama.  Your marathon dancing just might get you 30-90 days in the county jail.  Also funny:  This section is right after one prohibiting "maiming one's self to escape duty or to obtain alms."

Wednesday, April 01, 2009

The Pope, Billy Graham, and Nick Saban

My Contracts teacher just said this in class:

"If you really get a sense that someone has been defrauded, like if the Pope, Billy Graham, and Nick Saban all came to you and said they were tricked..."