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Yeah, but dude, seriously, I paid for those bagels

BUtower.jpgWell since this story is about my own law school, I can’t not comment on it. Over at Above the Law, David Lat (whose writing I enjoy despite his insufferable use of the royal “we”) has introduced the world to Bagelgate. See, Boston University’s Law School has a bunch of different law journals in addition to the capital-L capital-R Law Review. And while the Law Review gets its own special little realm of offices separate from the law school’s main building (a big-ass, ugly-as-sin 17 story tower), the other journals are relegated to smaller offices in the tower itself.

One such journal is the Journal of Science and Technology Law. And because their office is in the tower, it’s easily accessible to all of the other law students. Law students who, it turns out, also happen to be bagel-grubbing thieves. See, members of the Journal get free bagels and morning refreshments paid for out of their journal dues, and non-journal law students (the aforementioned bagel-grubbing thieves) are wandering into the journal office and snatching up some free grub.

It apparently got bad enough that an e-mail was sent out to all law students, telling them to keep their bagel-grubbing hands off the journal food. The e-mail was careful to avoid flat-out accusing the bagel-grubbing thieves of theft, instead saying that this all might just “reflect a misunderstanding on non-journal members’ parts, in that students might think the school is paying for the refreshments.” Which is obvious bullshit and clear “1984”-style doublespeak.

Of course, this letter doesn’t say that the free grub is hands-off for alumni, so I may just have to hop on the T tomorrow morning and take a short ride down to the tower. Get myself some free bagel!

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Hey! I was on that journal there ... and buying bagels was the only thing I did for JSTL in two years. I would've been pissed if someone stole my one contribution.

That's why our journal office is locked, with a secret code that only journal students (and likely their friends) know.

They tell us it's to protect all the books in the office, but we really know it's to protect the snacks.