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'USA Today' insults with appeal to fast-food mentality

By Joelle McGinnis
Northern Star
Northern Illinois U.
If McPaper USA Today wasn't
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The Daily Iowan
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Hunter S. Thompson is one of
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ghostly presence in American cul-
Today, Thompson has carved
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TV's 'L.A. Law' popularizes law school admissions test

By Vickie Bakker
. The Daily Targum
Rutgers U., NJ
The popularity of last month's Law
School Admissions Test (LSAT) at Rut-
gers U., N.J., is in keeping with a
nationwide trend, as 25 percent more
students this year took the test com-
pared to 1987 figures.
Across the United States, attendance

at this year's test in June increased by
22 percent from a year ago, according to
Bill Kennish, vice president of opera-
tions for the Law School Admissions
The increased number of law school
applicants can be attributed to a com-
bination of factors, including media gla-
morization through the television dra-
ma, L.A. Law, and the Iran-Contra

hearings, as well as the decline in in-
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But Hornig downplayed the test's im-
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she said.
While a high score may not compen-
sate for low grades, Hornig said low

scores can detract from good grades.
She added that to get into the nation's
top 10 law schools, you should score in
the 40s on the exam.
Some students, however, shunned
the L.A. Law image and took the test
more informally.
"Treat it like a game because that's
what it is," said Rutgers pre-law major
Sharyl Hirsh.

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