At the end of class, the guest speaker explained a court case to us in which a white girl sued the University of Texas because she believed the reason she was denied was based on her race. The UT schools have a policy that automatically accepts all students ranking in the top 10% of their classes, but obviously still allows for others to be considered based on other talents. We broke off into two teams of 7, one side arguing that the University's policy was constitutional and one side arguing that it was not. We were to compare the policies to those of other schools; at UC Davis, 15% of all of the seats in the medical program were specifically reserved for minorities. This policy was ruled unconstitutional. At the University of Michigan law school, applicants were required to write an essay about how they would enhance the school's diversity. The prosecutor in this case was not ruled in favor of, and the school'sibrary application policy remained in place. Each side put forth a very convincing few arguments. My side argued that UT Austin's policy was constitutional - because 1) just because the top 10% of all Texas' high schools were accepted doesn't mean they were required to attend and 2) the system was not a quota as seen at UC Davis, because it cannot be explicitly said that the top 10% are of certain ethnic backgrounds.
After class, I went to see a play called Potted Potter with Simon, Claire, Emily, Valerie, and Simon's roommate Raul. We were all very excited - as we were Harry Potter fans. However, I didn't like the show as much as I'd hoped I would. The whole show was about 70 minutes long - and it crammed in all 7 books. I didn't find it that funny (most of the jokes were goofy and the whole show seemed targeted at younger audiences) but it had its moments and I did laugh here and there. We all generally agreed afterward that it was not the greatest show out there - but the little singing bit at the very end did spark in me a desire to see an actual broadway show - and I hope to do so in the coming week.