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  •  Questions About Gonzales (none)
    This is somewhat off topic, but I am curious.  It seems very odd to me that he left the Air Force Academy and then finished college (undergrad) at Rice--and in Poly Sci.  Rice was known as the MIT/CalTech of Texas.  It's a math and science place and it's a place you go all 4 years.  In times past, you did not transfer in.  Frequently, students got scholarships.  In earlier years there were issues about Rice's white white white student body.  This has been fixed, I guess.
    As far as the Air Force Academy goes, like all service academies one generally has to be recommended by a legislator.  So, both on the Academy front and the Rice front, it would seem Gonzales had come to someone's attention.  Wonder who?
    •  Air Force College not equal to Air Force Academy (4.00)
      IIRC the Air Force College is the continuing education system of the Air Force that lets you take classes in your spare time while you are serving.  Few people can finish a degree within a tour of duty (unless it is very long).  You then enter a regular college upon mustering out with some college credits, some GI bill $$ (which is what many people sign up for in the first place) and admission to a regular college.

      Rice is not just a science/technical place, it is a full fledged multi-disciplinary university, but it is one of the cheapest tuition private colleges in the nation due to its very large endowment.

      I would image that an interesting life story, the maturity that comes with Air Force service, decent grades in Air Force College, and GI bill $$ would be more than enough to interest Rice in admitting you.

    •  Social sciences at technical schools (none)
      MIT has both Economics and Political Science Depts.  For that matter they used to have an English Dept, although I thought I had read they outsourced it to another university in Boston.

      A math-and-science focused university can be an excellent place to study the social sciences, as there are plenty of very smart people around to bounce new ideas off but perhaps not quite as much competition as at, say, Georgetown.

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      •  Plus (none)
        lots of people in Econ and Poli Sci depts are number-crunchers.  (Not that there's anything wrong with a good crunchy number once in a while.)

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        by yella dawg dem on Tue Dec 28, 2004 at 12:47:46 PM PST

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        •  Right, Right, Right, But (none)
          in the old days you only went to Rice for math and science.  Anything else you went to UT (Austin).  Charles Alan Wright for example was teaching Government and Law at UT, not Rice.
          •  I take your point (none)
            and I believe you, but probably Wright isn't the best example.  He would have been at U.T. because they have a top law school.  

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            by yella dawg dem on Wed Dec 29, 2004 at 06:42:25 AM PST

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