The DP’s real motivation for reporting on the Penn admissions essay scandal today

Puck Frinceton

As reported in this morning’s Daily Pennsylvanian, a Penn admissions officer was let go after sharing excerpts from undergrad application essays she reviewed:

Near the end of 2012, Penn’s Office of Admissions was made aware of a series of online posts written by Nadirah Farah Foley [in which she] mocked a number of student essays she had come across in her work.

What types of horrible, inappropriate, deeply embarrassing excerpts did she post? The DP was happy to publish some samples:

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One horse meat scandal pun to rule them all


This is not my first post about horse meat. It is not even my second post about horse meat. Nor is it the first tasteless* horse meat-related joke recorded on this blog (though in retrospect, my timing — early January — was quite prescient). But it is my third post about horsemeat, and the second horse meat-related joke recorded on this blog.

And now that we’ve got the numbers out of the way, I will also take this opportunity to note that I am not responsible for either of the two jokes — just for sharing them.

As you have surely by now heard, Europe — soon to be joined, I imagine, by the US — is caught up in a horse meat scandal (that shouldn’t be a scandal). But not every country is responding to the news in the same way. The Times is on it — with one of my favorite puns of all time:

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Haaretz guilty of “cultural colonialism” in article decrying “cultural colonialism”


Last Friday, Haaretz published Benny Ziffer’s thoughts on the Israeli cultural colonization of Herodium — an archaeological site in the West Bank — in an article titled Herodium turns into a cultural settlement (which I will quote extensively but not in its entirety because it is behind a paywall):

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My pick for prediction of the year

chuck hagel confirmation

I am always behind on my reading: for school, for pleasure, for any other reason — doesn’t matter what for, I’m behind.

And yet, I persevere. I keep all the magazines I’ve yet to get to, and I fully intend to read them… one day.

I don’t feel a particular need to justify this habit — but if I did, said justification would probably start with the following except from the January 20, 2013 edition of the New York Times Magazine. Please do enjoy:

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Law school in real life

steve cohen and daughter

Full disclaimer: this post contains not an ounce of original thought on my part. And I have no particular personal claim to the story: another member of my small group pointed it out to the rest of us. But I really like coincidences, and so far as I know, nobody else in my small group has a blog with which to have posted this particular coincidence online (though I’d be happy to be proven wrong), so here we go.


Philip Roth once said, “You can’t write good satirical fiction in America because reality will quickly outdo anything you might invent.” As this post will demonstrate, he was basically right: you may outrun reality for a while, but it will catch up soon enough.

You may have heard the Valentine’s Day reports that Tennessee Representative Steve Cohen was flirting with a 24 year-old model over Twitter. Gawker, take it away:

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These are not the reforms you are looking for


The New York Times has recently become ground zero in the battle for the future of legal education.

In November, we were treated to the stunning revelation that the Dean of Case Western Law School thinks that law school is a good investment; in January, we heard from two more professors that it lasts too long and that schools should offer a two-year alternative. And these articles came on the heels of a series of other Times pieces critiquing legal education as it is practiced today. Even Tucker Max felt comfortable getting in on the fun.

Then again, I suppose Tucker Max always feels comfortable getting in on the fun.

As someone who attends law school but is clearly far from an expert on the ins and outs of legal education, I don’t really have anything exciting and original to say on the subject. But I do know enough to recognize one of the most disingenuous and self-serving pieces ever published in the New York Times when I see it. And that’s what this post is here to point out.

Specifically, To Practice Law, Apprentice First, a piece that correctly identifies some of the challenges facing modern legal education, but then proposes a solution that is almost breathtaking in convenience to its author, John J. Farmer, the Dean of Rutgers Law School:

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Chris Pratt wants to be ALL the people who play sports


First, he was Scott Hatteberg in Moneyball:


And then, he did his best impression of Marshawn Lynch (click for .gif) for a recent episode of Parks and Recreation:

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