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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Sextion: The Legs-Open Curriculum

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In the middle of the semester, around that point when the courses you were most excited for have become predictable and pedantic, and when the courses you were least excited for have already been dropped from your schedule, and when the Ratty begins its slaughter of the thousands of turkeys they plan to serve us over and over again this month, I sometimes like to swoop through the desolate aisles of textbooks on the Brown Bookstore’s lower level in search of what might have been.

It was during one of these such expeditions, a perusal of the Religious Studies textbook aisle, when a copy of the Kamasutra caught my eye. This made me realize that certain classmates of mine are reading the Kamasutra, the ancient Indian manual of erotic pleasure, for credit. That’s even cooler than doing so for The Wire.

This got us Bloggers thinking. To what degree would it be possible to gain a well-rounded sexual education this semester through credit-bearing courses? Continue Reading

BlogDH Explains: Course Registration

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As registration kicks into gear, many freshmen wonder, “Why is there a specific time for registration? Don’t I just sign up for whatever I want to take whenever I want to take it?”

Well… kind of. That’s the beauty of the New Curriculum, but there’s still some more structure to course selection than what meets the eye. Navigating Banner is similar to the art of surviving the Fantasy Football draft. We’re here to step in as your very own MeikleBlog; put on your lifejacket because BlogDH is here to help you stay afloat during the registration process. Here are some of the key nuggets of registration wisdom:

Know your capped courses. Plenty of awesome courses have caps (a.k.a. a limit to how many students can take the course). This becomes a problem when 100 students want to take Intro to Creative Nonfiction with Michael Stewart and there are only 17 seats in the class. Caps vary, and plenty of great courses are lectures without caps. A lot of the time, though, a course you may want to take will be capped; this is why you need to take a look at the courses that interest you and how many people students can be in each of those classes.

Make sure you get your pin. This is everything. You won’t be able to register without it, and you can definitely wave goodbye to a seat in a capped seat if you’re pin-less. You need this ahead of time—if your first-year advisor doesn’t give this to you before you leave his/her office, you’re going to have to beg for it before registration begins at 7 p.m. on September 3rd, and that’s probably the last thing you’re going to want to do.

Have a game plan. You can talk to your Meik about this, but here’s our advice: Make sure your capped courses in your cart first. You can always register for courses without caps after you ensure that you’ve gotten into your capped classes. You should register for five classes, even though you don’t intend to take five. (The courses you register for are likely to change during Shopping Period, but that’s a whole other shindig. Just know that you’re not absolutely bound to the courses you choose in this go-around.) Continue Reading

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.

Spring 2011 course title superlatives: the intriguing, the entertaining and the plain old douchey

Pre-registration can be stressful (who wants to get up that early?) but it can also be entertaining. If you can’t get into your favorite classes, you can at least make fun of their names, right?

Sometimes we wonder how professors come up with course titles. Can’t you just see them at their desks, thumb-twiddling and thinking, “This may not be the most straightforward or descriptive, but at least it’s the [insert superlative here; read on for examples].”

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