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Banazîr the Jedi Hobbit

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Memes: Academic Horror Story, SciFi show, and Love

This one is coming to you a Tad Bit Late (tm) because Numerramar's LCD panel just melted. Yes, melted.
ThinkPads: with great service comes great need for service.

Don't you just hate rewriting lost posts? Like programs, proofs, papers, letters, and fics, I sometimes get the feeling that they were better the first time. OTOH, sometimes I do better on the second go, so here goes. This should amuse twinbee, at least.

The Scary Academic Story Meme

It's getting close to Hallowe'en, so:
Tell me a story about the scariest student experience you, or someone you know, has gone though.
This can be anything from preschool and kindergarten through a doctoral defense.

Oh, and if you're a student in CIS 730 (Introduction to Artificial Intelligence): feel free to write anything about the current offering of the course in your comments, with impunity; but please be advised, there will be no extra credit for it. ;-)

Please post this in your own LJ or other blog, even if you reply here.
If I get enough good responses, I'll start an Instructor Horror Stories meme.

I'll start the bidding off with these three from the male parental unit:

  • Draconian policies on lateness to class: The strictest instructor I know of when it comes to requiring timely attendance is my father. As an instructor (1959 - 1963) in the Chemical Engineering department at National Taiwan University, he would lock the door of his Unit Operations lecture as soon as the bell rang. Students would start clambering in through the windows, so he would lock those. On the other hand, he would stop lecturing mid-sentence when the closing bell rang. My dad came to the USA and attended or worked at five universities: the University of Louisville (1963-1964), University of Pittsburgh (1964), Jacksonville State University in Jacksonville, Alabama (1965-1967), University of Southern Mississippi (1967-1968), and Emory University (1971-1974). He was an instructor at Jacksonville State only.

    Uh, yeah. Punctuality isn't hereditary. ;-)

  • Harsh grading: While at Jacksonville State University, my dad heard tell of a calculus course taught by a visiting faculty member from William Carey College in Hattiesburg, MS, in which 96 of 100 first-year undergrads received failing grades and 4 received D's. The failing grades ranged from F and F- down to limn → -∞ F(n). The students complained and the visitor was sent packing, but apparently there were 96 retakes of Calc I the next semester.

    (No, zengeneral, I won't let masaga give lim sup grades in 730. Well, OK, maybe one if you ask nicely.)

  • Cheating: Oh, so many stories, so little time.
    First there was the time my dad proctored an exam and checked IDs. One of his students was 18 inches shorter than the fellow who was about to sit in for him. "Stand up a moment, would you? *boggle*"

    Then there was the time he got an answer to an exam question: log. "Log of what?" he asked the student when he called him in. (Shrug.) Yes, the answer was 109.

    In a similar vein, there was CS125, Introduction to Computer Science at Illinois. Back in Fall, 1996, when I was a teaching assistant, the course was being taught in Scheme for the last time before the undergraduate program switched to Java for CS1 and CS2 (data structures). We sometimes caught students in CS125 writing expressions such as (2 5)... WTF? "2 of 5"? Sure enough, someone nearby had a (define (z x) ...)...

    I've never caught a student cheating on an in-class exam. This can be attributed to: (a) students not knowing exactly what I will do to enforce the Honor Code; (b) my exams being open-book or take-home half the time anyway; (c) there being insufficient time to cheat. :-)

Snarfed from wiliqueen:

If your life was a sci-fi TV show... by guybrush
Series Name:
Core sci-fi trope:
Your nerdy but brilliant scientist:burkhardt
Your robot/half-alien/etc. trying to become human:kissmyascii
Your sexy but brilliant scientist:mirabehn
Version of you from a parallel universe:cretaceousrick
Your brooding but brilliant scientist:tv_elf
Your hot-headed military/action type:nyssacrman
Number of seasons before cancellation:6
Your show is cancelled because:it's too commercial, so the fans only tune in to argue about how crap it is.
The chance of your show becoming a cult hit is:: 96%
Quiz created with MemeGen!

Seen with burkhardt, masteralida, and phawkwood:

Which OS are You?
Which OS are You?

(I first took this in April, 2003.)
See the very prophetic quiz result right under the OS one.

The Wuv Meme

Last seen with bktheirregular:

1. Tell me one thing you love about me.

2. Tell me two things you love about yourself.

3. Look through the comments - when you see someone you know, tell them three things you love about them.

4. Do this in your journal so I can tell you what I love about you.


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