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Sapere aude - dare to be wise
Friday, August 27, 2004
Posted 5:16 PM by Kelly
First Week of School

So, my first week (3 days) of classes is over. A few observations:


  • Parking was atrocious on Wednesday. I knew to come early, but I erroneously thought arriving @ 8:20am would get me a spot toward the back of the lot. Wrong. Not only that, but IUPUI did away with a good number of E spots in the lot just North of ours. Luckily, the garage at the corner of Michigan and Blackford had dozens of empty spots at that hour. In addition, by Friday there were still several spots available in our lot shortly before 9am.
  • The library is quickly becoming unavailable for quiet study. Last year several kiosks on the 2nd floor that I regularly used for study were designated reserved for LLM students. I groused and got over it. This year, 8 out of 17 kiosks on the 3rd floor have also been reserved for LLM students only. On the first day of school, many students were already complaining that they couldn't find a quiet, somewhat secluded spot in the library to study due to these changes. Not to mention the student near me who answered his ringing cell phone in the library and proceeded to have a discussion at normal volume which included the dropping of the 'F-bomb'. I can't wait to see what a circus the library will be come finals time.
  • I began the day on Wednesday with a mixture of anticipation for the start of the year and sadness that this will be my last year at the school. But with some of the changes that have been taking place, including less space in the library and that pesky LARC III and brief requirement for 2L moot court participants that most of my peers managed to avoid, I may be getting out at just the right time!

Also noted:

  • The computers in the labs are blessedly faster. The main lab (outside the library) also appears to have new monitors and keyboards, and perhaps CPUs themselves. Great job to the responsible parties!
  • In at least 2 of my classes, students sat surfing the web, IMing one another, half-heartedly checking out the class syllabus, and barely paying attention as the professors ran through some 'housekeeping' issues such as attendance policy, course overview, etc... But when the profs began a short description of the final exam, students snapped to attention and began taking notes. Some things never change :)


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