meanwhile in my house….
I think it’s very appropriate to start off this website with the release of Brass Bed’s newest LP, The Secret Will Keep You. These guys are what I consider the veterans of the Lafayette music scene—with now three full LPs under their name and thousands of miles on the road, they have the kind…
These guys are one of the most musical and inventive bands out there. Sleep on them at your peril.
Looking to add to my Dash.
Brad, LL, I love you both, but you fucked up. First of all, Starbucks sucks, don’t go there. More importantly, no one should ever be asked to forget one of the worst crimes ever because someone else is uncomfortable wearing a certain t-shirt. Learn from Brooklyn’s own, straight to Kentucky. This is how to do it.
Area Codes in which Ludacris claims to have hoes.
Tumblr, you win again.
Big up to Omaha
Tumblr was on MTV?
lolwut, people watch mtv?
Heavy Jamal plays “Conference of the Birds” live from a secret maritime facility at our album release show June 14th 2112.
“There were people in my class with lower grades who weren’t in all the activities I was in, who were being accepted into UT, and the only other difference between us was the color of our skin,” she says.
Except there’s a problem. The claim that race cost Fisher her spot at the University of Texas isn’t really true. Race probably had nothing to do with the University of Texas’s decision to deny admission to Abigail Fisher.
In 2008, the year Fisher sent in her application, competition to get into the crown jewel of the Texas university system was stiff. Students entering through the university’s Top 10 program — a mechanism that granted automatic admission to any teen who graduated in the upper 10 percent of his or her high school class…
But Fisher failed to graduate in the top 10 percent of her class, meaning she had to compete for the limited number of spaces up for grabs.
She and other applicants who did not make the cut were evaluated based on two scores. One allotted points for grades and test scores. The other, called a personal achievement index, awarded points for two required essays, leadership, activities, service and “special circumstances.” Those included socioeconomic status of the student or the student’s school, coming from a home with a single parent or one where English wasn’t spoken. And race.
Those two scores, combined, determine admission.
Even among those students, Fisher did not particularly stand out. Court records show her grade point average (3.59) and SAT scores (1180 out of 1600) were good but not great for the highly selective flagship university.
The school’s rejection rate that year for the remaining 841 openings was higher than the turn-down rate for students trying to get into Harvard.
As a result, university officials claim in court filings that even if Fisher received points for her race and every other personal achievement factor, the letter she received in the mail still would have said no.
It’s true that the university, for whatever reason, offered provisional admission to some students with lower test scores and grades than Fisher. Five of those students were black or Latino. Forty-two were white.
Neither Fisher nor Blum mentioned those 42 applicants in interviews. Nor did they acknowledge the 168 black and Latino students with grades as good as or better than Fisher’s who were also denied entry into the university that year.
Also, it should be noted that affirmative action has benefitted white women more than any other group.
Showing up is important, but as this chart illustrates, you also need luck, skill, and daddy’s money.