BU Law Student Cheats, Then Sues BU

It’s always a little bit amusing to me when I hear about law students suing their law schools. It’s the perfect paradox: they teach us to find legal causes of action, but we find a cause of action in that teaching itself.
The latest lawsuit has been filed against my very own alma mater: Boston University. The claim: discrimination and breach of contract for not allowing the plaintiff to graduate after finding that she had committed plagiarism in four papers.
Now, call me crazy, but I don’t think people that cheat in law school should be able to get the degree. Law school isn’t easy, but it would be if cheaters were allowed to graduate, and that would effectively invalidate the honest majority’s hard work (we’d be fools to earn a degree that could be obtained by cutting and pasting the paragraphs of others).
There’s a little more to this story, so I’ll let you decide for yourself (or wait for the courts to decide). Articles here, here, and here.

Comcast Channel Lineup for Cambridge

I’m amazed at how long it took me to find a channel guide for Comcast in Cambridge. The Comcast site kept telling me there was no local information. Finally Boston.com looked like it might have the lineup – but generated a script error. I finally found this lineup (appears to be accurate) from Zap2it, the company that provides the listings for Boston.com and probably countless others:

2 WGBH 32 HGTV 59 AMC
3 CN8 33 TNT 60 TOON
4 WBZ 34 ETV 61 COMEDY
5 WCVB 35 USA 62 SCIFI
6 NEWSENG 36 LIFE 63 ANIMAL
7 WHDH 37 ARTS 64 TVLAND
8 PUAC008 38 TLC 65 QVC
9 LOOR009 39 DSC 66 FOOD
10 LOOR010 40 COURT 67 HISTORY
11 WENH 41 FNC 68 GSN
12 WLVI 42 CNN 69 GOLF
13 WFXT 43 CNNH 70 HSN
14 WSBK 44 CSPAN 71 WWDP
15 WBPX 45 CSPAN2 72 HBO
16 WGBX 46 CNBC 74 OLN
17 WUNI 47 TWC 95 EDAC095
18 WNDS 48 ESPNCL 96 BET
19 WNEU 49 ESPN 98 LOOR098
20 WMFP 50 ESPN2 234 JWLTV
21 WUTF 51 NESN
22 LOOR022 52 FSNE1
23 WYDN 53 MSNBC
24 DISN 54 INTL
25 NIK 54 RAI
26 FAM 55 SPIKETV
27 TRAV 56 BCTC
28 MTV 56 EWTN
29 VH1 56 INSP
30 FX 57 BRAVO
31 TBS 58 RTPI

The Apprentice and the Police

I never thought I’d find myself writing about reality TV, but I recently picked up the DVD version of the hit television series: The Apprentice. I was in the Netherlands during the entire series and thus missed every episode. I thought I’d see what all the hype was about by watching the show commercial-free on DVD.
I’ve never bought a DVD of a television show before. The Apprentice DVD comes with a gimmicky box that says “you’re fired” every time it’s opened. Apparently though, they used cheap components to make this device; the voice plays at random times, and it sounds very robotic. In fact, it sounds almost exactly as though a cop is driving by outside and using his loud speaker (for example, telling a crowd to disperse).
Now, I just moved to Central Square a few days ago, and I live near some night clubs and a police station. Naturally, I might be a bit suspicious of late night commotion outside my window. It turns out though, that my neighborhood is not the police ridden riot zone I would expect based on all the police megaphone announcements. The commotion is just Donald Trump in my bookshelf, occasionally firing people during the night.