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2A - Wednesday, March 19, 2008

Youth and experience

The next time you're at office
hours, try starting a conversation
with your professor about the lat-
est American Idol reject or your
favorite 50 Cent song.
For Law School students taking
a class with Professor Vikramad-
itya Khanna, this type of exchange
is commonplace. Khanna, the soft-
spoken corporate and security rela-
tions law professor who considers
himself a pop-culture junkie, is
the University's youngest full-time
professor.
At 36, Khanna has already
accomplished what many academ-
ics dream of. He and his family
moved to the U.S. from India when
he was 4 and then relocated to New
Zealand when he was 14. After
moving there, Khanna tested out of
three grades, but only skipped two
because his parents were uneasy
about him adjusting socially with

older students.
Khanna began his college career
at Victoria University of Welling-
ton at age 16, finishing with bach-
elor-level law and business degrees
by age 21.
He then attended Harvard Uni-
versity, where he earned a gradu-
ate law degree at 25. After finishing
at Harvard, Khanna took his first
teaching position at Boston Uni-
versity's School of Law, where he
would stay for six years.
The University of Michigan Law
School offered Khanna a full-ten-
ure position in 2004, when he was
just 32.
Khanna said he doesn't think
about his age in relation to other
faculty that often and it doesn't
deter him from socializing.
Khanna said when he first began
teaching at 25, many of his stu-
dents were his age or older. He said

he didn't mind the experience of
being the same age or younger as
many students because it "helps
keep me constantly plugged in and
stimulated."
Like many students, Khanna's
favorite show to watch is Law &
Order. Like many teenagers, the
professor criticizes MTV for not
playing enough music. He said the
Indiana Jones and the Blade Tril-
ogy movies were among his favor-
ites.
When asked who his favorite
musical artists were, he said Usher
and Queen, noting that they have
"such sweet songs." He added that
he blasts "Another One Bites the
Dust" during stressful review ses-
sions, explaining that it's some-
times nice to have theme music.
"It helps students chill out," he'
said.
GEOFFREY GA URANO
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CRIME NOTES
Battery for light
pole damaged
WHERE: Art and Architec-
ture Building
WHEN: Monday at About 8
a.m.
WHAT: A light pole on the
southeast corner of the
building was damaged, the
Department of Public Safety
reported. The battery box
suffered $625 worth of dam-
age. Police suspect s car
might have been backed into
the pole.

Wallet stolen
from parked car
WHERE: M-18 Carport, 1600
East Medical Center
WHEN: Monday at about 6
p.m.
WHAT: A wallet was stolen
from a valet-parked vehicle in
a parking lot near the Univer-
sity Hospital, DPS reported.
Police are investigating the
incident

Anti-Semitic
Car scraped in graffiti found on

Talk on science
and religion
WHAT: The first in a lec-
tore series examining the
compatibility of religion and
science, featuring professors
from Cornell University, the
University of Wisconsin and
the University of Michigan
WHO: The Society of Biology
Students
WHEN: Today at 7:30 p.m.
WHERE: Chemistry Build-
ing, Room 1210
Lecture on sex
and labor in
Soviet Russia
WHAT: A lecture given by
George Mason Public Policy
Prof Louise Shelley, founder
of the Terrorism, Transna-
tional Crime and Corruption
Center
WHO: Center for Russian
and East European Studies
WHEN: Today at 4 p.m.

WHERE: School of Social
Work, Room 1636
Talk on private
education
WHAT: A panel discussion
on the private sector and K-
12 education
WHO: The Center for Local,
State and Urban Policy
WHEN: Today at 4 p.m.
WHERE: Weill Hall, Annen-
berg Auditorium
Discussion
with director
WHAT: A discussion with
French filmmaker Bruno
Monsaingeon
WHO: Residential College
WHEN: Today at 7 p.m.
WHERE: East Quad, Room
126
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An Australian man is auc-
tioning his life on Ebaycom
now that his wife has left
him, Reuters reported. The
auction begins on June 22, and
includes his house, car, motor-
bike, jetski, spa, an introduction
to his friends and a two-week
trial job at a rug shop.
The University offers
many work-study jobs
beyond swipingcards and
sorting mail. Many students
have had interesting experi-
ences climbing poles and coor-
dinating balloons
>FOR MORE, SEE STATEMENT, PAGE 7B
The college gossip site
JuicyCampus.com is
under investigation by
New Jersey lawyers for a pos-
sible violation of the state's
Consumer Fraud Act, The
Associated Press reported. The
lawyers claim the site falsely
claims to have no malicious
content.

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parking lot
WHERE: M-18 Carport, 1600
East Medical Center
WHEN: Monday at about 11
a.m.
WHAT: The right front corner
ofagreen 2002 Volkswagen
Passat suffered small dents
and scratches while parked in
a parking lot, DPS reported.
Police have no suspects.

bathroom wall
WHERE: East Quadrangle
WHEN: Monday at about 9
p.m.
WHAT: Three swastikas and
the words "die Jews"were
written in pencil on the coun-
tertop ina bathroom, DPS
reported: The graffiti has
been removed. Police have no
suopAets.

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"Health 101: From Backpack to Briefcase"
C Thursday, March 20, 2008
The transition from student to working professional often triggers a "quarter-Life crisis."
We'll assess personal interests based on the Strong Interest Inventory and use it to
explore what to do when your career doesn't fulfill your personal interests.
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