SPRING2014: Course Superlatives


Pre-registration has officially begun, meaning we have all been (or should be) spending a good amount of quality time with Banner. While we at Blog cannot provide you with your advising PIN or any desperately needed overrides, we can give you the reassurance you need while freaking out about what classes to take and what to do with your life: Don’t worry about that stuff, focus on how hilarious all the course titles are! It’s time for another round of excellently researched course superlatives…

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Fall 2013 and Spring 2014 classes are now on Banner

Screen Shot 2013-03-18 at 10.32.40 AMGood news for control freaks and time-wasters alike: Fall 2013 and Spring 2014 classes are now up on Banner.

Juniors, you can start planning the rest of your lives at Brown now (…but we all know that Mande is in all of your futures). Sophomores, start getting in those concentration requirements (and remember to declare!). Freshmen, start considering new or interesting areas of study that you’d like to explore. Start loading up your shopping carts, planning your sleep schedules, and stalking your professors. It’s go time.

Fall 2012 and Spring 2013 courses are on Banner

Class of 2013: you can start planning the rest of your lives now.

(Campus)Lifehacker: Search for classes … by room!

The new Metcalf Auditorium!

Admit it — classroom matters.

You really want to take a class in the new Metcalf Auditorium, especially if you had a class in the old one, but you have no interest in CLPS. Or perhaps you have been trying to find an excuse to spend time in the Granoff Center. Or maybe you just really like Smitty B 106.

Whatever the case, you may have been frustrated that Banner will not let you search for classes by room. But it’s cool, we’ve got a solution for you!

All you have to do is check out this wonderful page on the Registrar’s website. It lists the classrooms for every course this semester. Then use the “find” feature on your web browser to find the classroom you’re looking for, and that will give you all the results. For example, searching for “Metcalf Chemical Laboratory AUD” — their name for Metcalf Auditorium — will show you that if CLPS just isn’t your thing, you can always take Bio 50 (Cell and Molecular Biology), Applied Math 65 (Essential Statistics), Soc 17 (The Family), or Soc 162 (Globalization and Social Conflict).

It’s a mystery why Banner doesn’t do this, but then again, Banner doesn’t do lots of things…

Yes, actually.

Banner seems to be facing some technical difficulties this morning…we’ll let you know when it’s back up!

UPDATE: At roughly 8:45 am this morning banner went from temporarily unavailable to available. Quiet, morning-appropriate cheers pervade the campus.

Life Lessons From Banner

With Pre-registration season once again upon us, it’s that time of the year when Brown students must buckle down and undertake the arduous task of actually being forced to think about what academic pursuits they’re going to pursue three months from now…

Seniors are most likely coming to the horrible realization that the only thing separating them from their job at Goldman Bain the local McDonald’s is four more credits and what’s sure to be the most epic graduation of the last decade. Meanwhile, juniors are too busy raging studying abroad to even remember to register (put down the two Euro bottle of wine and your camera for one second, I promise you’ll still be able to document your Eurotrips on Facebook when pre-registration is over).

Further down the totem pole, sophomores are surely too depressed or disenchanted with school to even open their computer, while the freshmen are once again asking: what the hell is a pin, and where do I get one?

With that in mind, we couldn’t help but wonder if searching through Banner’s extensive course listings could provide us with some much-needed guidance, helping us to better navigate this chaotic and contemplative time. Though we found little in the way of useful life advice, what we did find were some telling, if not eerily accurate, musings hidden within the inner recesses of Banner’s server.

On Sex…

HIST1973Y: Children and Childhood in America; CLPS0610: Children’s Thinking; AMCV1904H: The Teen Age; ENGN0510: Electricity and Magnetism; COLT0610D: Rites of Passage; GNSS1960N Theories and Politics of Sexual Consent; APMA2630: Theory of Probability; HIST1750: The Intimate State; MUSC0660: Sacred Harp/Shape-Note Singing; ENGN0040: Dynamics and Vibrations, AMCV1903P: Please, Please Me; ENGN1710: Heat and Mass Transfer; APMA2420: Fluid Dynamics II; AMC1903G: Oral History and Community Memory; RUSS1450: Love, Adultery, and Sexuality; PHIL0990X: Conditionals, APMA1360: Topics in Chaotic Dynamics; APMA2110: Real Analysis;  EDUC1260: Emotion, Cognition, Education  Continue Reading