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Everything posted by BlockedQuebecois

  1. It strikes me as odd for someone that's not a 1L to start this topic — you're essentially asking somebody (and a very specific few people, not all the users of this board) you've never met to commit to spending a lot of time watching and responding to this thread. Plus you didn't even say "please" or "thank you." It just rubs me the wrong way. Anyways, I don't feel comfortable giving out academic advice until I've received back my marks, which is why I didn't start my own thread. It will also be a couple of weeks until I have the time to commit to answering everyone's questions (the last two threads elicited a lot of questions which required thoughtful responses). After we get our marks back I'll jump into this thread if it garners enough attention, or I'll start a fresh one.
  2. Damn, Osgoode got up to over 1/3 of their class getting hired? Good for them.
  3. Go to your administrative transcript and hit "print" in the upper right hand corner, and then save as PDF instead of printing.
  4. Sure, if you’re not healthy then dietitians will likely suggest cutting back on calorie consumption by cutting back on your drinking, but that’s not really insightful when we’re talking about what healthy adults can do.
  5. Notwithstanding MB’s funny joke, the amount of alcohol they drew their conclusions from exceeded the recommended amount and, more importantly, the people they studied were over 65 on average. Since 65 is where we significantly cut alcohol consumption guidelines it’s not surprising that we see negative health effects from heavier drinking. Also, they didn’t seem to split up men and women in parts of their analysis, which is a huge flaw that I’m surprised wasn’t addressed at the review stage. That’s also all rather missing the point. I could find you a reputable study that shows that nearly anything you want to consume is bad for you in some way. The question is whether, on the whole, the thing is good or bad for you. We haven’t found any compelling evidence that light to moderate alcohol consumption is bad for a healthy adult, and we similarly haven’t found compelling evidence it’s good for you. I stand by my statement that there’s no real identified downside to light or moderate alcohol consumption in healthy adults. Now, there’s no real upside either, but to me that just means if you like it you may as well do it.
  6. 1) I was able to be approved prior to my confirmation of enrollment with my provisional acceptance in. They approved my credit cards immediately, but I didn't have access to my line of credit immediately. At some point I got access to my line of credit, though I don't really know when or how. It just showed up one day. 2) I didn't have to haggle for the prime rate, they went to it immediately when I mentioned it. I did have to haggle to get my rate of prime less 0.25%. Most people don't seem to be able to get that, but I was, for whatever reason. The only two things I can think of are that I have exceptional credit and I was sitting on an acceptance to another professional program. (ETA: I also was applying for and approved for the $100K around the time they expanded to $125k. Maybe they were willing to do a lower rate since it was less money? I'm not sure — banks are weird) 3) Mine took about a month from initial email to cards in hand. Then I forgot to activate the card before changing the pin, so it took another week I would get the ball rolling ASAP, mainly because there's no downside. The worst case scenario is you have more time using your new cards and collecting points!
  7. I assume you're just talking about pre-May 2014 classes since UVic includes percentage grades for all classes after that?
  8. Historical fact: just because something didn’t happen exactly as the popular imagination says it did doesn’t mean it didn’t happen.
  9. I don’t know why. So long as it’s part of a healthy lifestyle and balanced diet there’s no real downside. Moderate alcohol consumption (up to 2 drinks per day for adult men under 65) has even been shown to have some positive health effects.
  10. Meh, I’m of the mind that when discussing studies you read the studies. Not sure what the value in discussing a slaw article discussing a NYT article discussing an academic article is. I’ll get back to you with those articles post-Christmas, I don’t want to bother with copying and pasting them on my phone If you’re in a rush they’re easily found through the links above though!
  11. Fair enough if you only read the linked article. I figured most people would have clicked through to the studies and reviewed the previous findings to get a sense of the body of research, but if people are just reading the slaw link or whatever then I can see why they would misunderstand.
  12. I don't think you understand the studies that are out there. Computers actually beat handwriting in a lot of studies for short-term memory, but handwriting increases your recall in the long term. So no, this topic isn't based on a faulty premise, except insofar as you misunderstood the premise.
  13. Yes, sorry if I was unclear. Craving is one of the factors that can be used to diagnose AUD, but it’s not a necessary factor.
  14. Interestingly, since alcohol abuse and alcohol dependence were combined into alcohol use disorder in the DSM-V, dependence isn’t necessary for a diagnosis anymore (though strictly speaking “alcoholism” isn’t really a clinical term). This link has a good chart if you’re interested in seeing the difference from DSM-IV to DSM-V: https://pubs.niaaa.nih.gov/publications/dsmfactsheet/dsmfact.pdf
  15. I don’t think you know what a clinical disorder is... no part of the DSM V definition requires others to think you have a problem for you to have AUD. In fact, requiring that would go against the very theory of mental disorders.
  16. That’s not strictly true, and I’m not sure I know any doctors who would label a drink after work as frequent or problem drinking (well, certainly not problem drinking). Problem drinking is when consuming alcohol becomes problematic, and can be, but doesn’t need to be, accompanied with alcoholism. Alcohol use disorder is complicated to define because there are a lot of criteria, but in general it means you are a problem drinker with multiple ways alcohol is negatively effecting you. Frequent drinking isn’t a clinical term I’ve ever come across. If it were, and it wasn’t a negative thing, it certainly wouldn’t be a drink or two after work. In general, adult men can have 14 servings of alcohol per week without negative health effects, so if you’re at 5-10 servings you’re perfectly alright. (None of this is health advice, nor should it be taken as such. Consult your doctor if you find alcohol is negatively effecting your life)
  17. Okay, disagree with the premise all you want. What’s your point? What outcome makes you happy?
  18. It does diminish their accomplishment though, since they clearly understand the material worse than some of their peers. That fact can and should be recognized through the grades each student receives. If 15% of your class understands and communicats concepts better than you, you should get a lower grade. That seems perfectly reasonable.
  19. 4/5 as in 4 or 5. My question is why you think more than 15% are entitled to or should get an A.
  20. I'm confused, do you think more than 4/5 students should be getting an A in a class? They shouldn't be — university isn't high school. An A is reserved for students who demonstrate a deep understanding of the topic and the ability to communicate than understanding effectively. If you're the 7th best student in the class, there are clearly 6 students with a better understanding of the topic and stronger communication skills than you, and that difference should be reflected in the grading. Regardless, every university I've ever heard of has rules regarding the distribution of grades in the class, and by-and-large they are the same across Canada.
  21. By the way, I highly recommend attending the welcoming events, particularly the Vancouver one if possible. At the very least it’s a good way to meet some friends that will hopefully attend (I did), as well as the dean and some other folks. The Vancouver one was very intimate, with a 1:1 student or faculty/alumni ratio, free wine, and a wonderful 3 or 5 course meal. For dress code, it says business casual, with men wearing anything from trousers with a sweater and button down to suits with ties (and everything in between). Women wore either a nice dress or skirt/blouse/jacket combo, from what I remember.
  22. The non-Osgoode, non--whatever-that-engineering-building-is-called, and non-Schulich part of York University is objectively gross and depressing. I hate walking anywhere on campus (thinking York Lanes in particular), and not just because you have to walk by that weird swastika-like sculpture.
  23. I'm >99% sure it has nothing to do with compensating for grade distributing at schools, unless you simply mean what grades schools give out. It has to do with the fact that York doesn't have an A-, and thus OLSAS has chosen to average the GPA for a typical A- (3.7) and a typical A (3.9). @Luckycharm is half right. York has a disadvantageous grading scheme if you're going to consistently score in the A (but not A+) range of 85-89%. However, if you were to consistently score in the A- range (80-84%) you would have an advantage from going to York. Unless you know whether you're going to be an A- or A student (hint: you don't), I wouldn't let this weigh on you significantly.
  24. The problem, as discussed above, is that they’ll only have 3L to sneak in those classes.
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