With the fall 2011 semester coming to an end, most of us have winter break on the mind.
Whether it be Christmas, Hanukkah, or New Years that you are excited for, winter break isn’t meant to last forever. For that reason, we’ve compiled a list of a few classes we’re excited to take next semester just so you have something to look forward to upon your arrival back at Bing in the spring.
Anything taught by Ryan Vaughan: Without a doubt, one of the coolest professors at Binghamton. Actually, he’s probably the coolest. Though I am a little bias having already taken two classes with him, but what’s not to like? He’s hilarious, super intelligent, really nice, cares about his students, and gets you to think without even knowing your thinking. Cool, right? There’s a reason why his classes get closed out within just a few hours after registration opens each semester. So if you’re lucky enough to be a senior with a crazy amount of credits or got someone to hold a spot for you in his class or stalked bubrain until a spot opened up, you are in for a treat. Vaughan’s class for the spring include: Humor Across the Media, American Humor, and Television in American Culture. The titles of the classes pretty much give away the gist of what each class will be about, key words being humor and television. I say, “yes, please!” If you like to laugh, like to think a little, and like to watch TV, (I hope you like all of these things), then a Vaughan class is definitely the perfect fit. At the very least, he’ll say something tweet-worthy getting you lots of laughs from the Twitter-verse. But that’s just at the very least. I promise you’ll get so much more out of it if you just pay attention and you’ll want to. If you’re just hearing about Vaughan for the first time and reading this has made you want to take his class, I’m sorry, there’s no way you’re getting in now.
Taekwondo: For any of us that wanted to be a Power Ranger growing up and maybe still do, Taekwondo is the class to take. I’ve only heard good things about this class even though it’s at 8:30 a.m., what better way to start off your day than kicking a** and taking names? Self-defense is cool but self-defense through martial arts is significantly more awesome. You’ll be a ninja by the time your done with this class. It’s in the syllabus. (Not really)
Introduction to Theatre: Professor Kevin Oakes is everything you’d expect from a theatre professor. He’s that and yet, so much more. The man is full of surprises every day. Just when you thought things couldn’t get more shocking, he’ll shock you again. His theatricality can be intimidating but it makes the class extremely exciting. Though most people take it for the the “aesthetic perspective” requirement, it’s not a class you’ll find yourself wanting to skip. For the most part, the plays that are read are super interesting and entertaining. If you’re a lover of the arts then you’ll love this class. If you’re not, then you will still love this class.
So these are just a few of our picks, but what classes are you looking forward to taking next semester? Comment and let us know!
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