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Jason Mayo may be the biggest loser at the University of California’s Hastings College of the Law. But he’s a proud loser. In fact, Mayo, 29, sports a tan baseball cap he had specially made at San Francisco’s Pier 39 with “HASTINGS L.O.S.E.R.” emblazoned above the rim in big, bold stitched letters. Mayo is the “dictator” of the Hastings student club called Limited Opportunities for Student Empowerment & Recreation (or L.O.S.E.R. for short), an organization started this academic year in part to make a statement about the school’s grading curve and the perception that its students are relegated to a second-class status compared with their peers at University of California, Berkeley’s Boalt Hall School of Law and Stanford Law School. “I thought that it was some kind of joke for them to get money for a party,” says Hastings student body president John Hendrickson. “Then I had the opportunity to talk to [Jason] and found out it was a semi-serious organization.” The organization was also started to get money from the Associated Students of U.C. Hastings for beer. “Well it’s for more than the beer,” Mayo says. “At first L.O.S.E.R. came about because we really wanted to make some sort of statement about change and about the way that we are categorized and the grading curve.” But for all their intentions, the members of L.O.S.E.R. admittedly haven’t done much to bring their cause into the limelight. Then again, by definition, losers aren’t supposed to have much motivation. Mayo is also president of the Hastings Health Law Organization and a member of the Disabled Students Network and the Hastings Law Journal. He said he and the three other students from his first-year section who founded the organization knew they wouldn’t have much time for L.O.S.E.R. in between their already crunched Hastings student lives. Still, according to the organization’s bylaws — yes, even the biggest loser organization on campus has bylaws — Paul Sachelari serves as L.O.S.E.R.’s “High Priest,” Nicole Schilder as its “Keeper Of Filthy Lucre,” and Vanessa O’Brien as its “Muckraker.” They are what Mayo calls “committed losers.” That’s the tag any student gets stuck with for coming to a L.O.S.E.R. meeting. Although about 75 students signed up for more information on L.O.S.E.R. at a student organization fair last semester, it’s hard for Mayo to keep tabs on just how big his organization is, since he says, “everybody at Hastings is a loser.” The school’s faculty are losers emeritus and its graduates are complete losers, he says. As for students who are admitted but haven’t yet decided to come to Hastings, Mayo calls them potential losers. The next thing up for L.O.S.E.R. is its first party, scheduled for this Thursday in the Skyroom on the 24th floor of the Hastings Tower on McAllister St. in San Francisco. The room will give the party-goers a 360-degree view of the city. The theme is to come as what you really wanted to be when you grew up. Mayo originally planned on coming as a marine biologist until he realized how expensive it would be to rent a wetsuit. “I was going to be a marine biologist, because I really wanted to do that until I realized that there are only so many people who can work at Sea World — and that I was afraid of the water,” he says. “Ever since ‘Jaws,’ I’ve been afraid of the ocean.” (He grew up in Texas.) Now he has a better idea of what his get-up will look like. It involves no childhood phobias but is a decidedly loser costume. “I am actually thinking about going as a Star Trek figure because what symbolizes a loser more than someone in a Star Trek uniform?”

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