Classes have begun, and you’re eager to know what your instructors have in store beyond that cute introductory slide lecture. CULPA expert Owain Evans is here to help, writing Bwog to point out what he thought was a suspicious evaluation. “Was this review written by the grad student himself?” he wonders. Bwog can’t say, but this excerpt was at least somewhat of an outlier among reviews that were vaguely positive but tended to include such tips as “if you put time into this class you can do well but expect to fail the midterms” and “he thinks it is amusing when the majority of the class fails an exam”.

John Baldwin


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Calculus I

27 December 2006

John is a young research mathematician who can check caller ID while

summing Reimann subintervals. His star quality arouses nubile

tittering in the first few rows, then narrowly offset with strategic

downplay. John plants errors in his boardwork to weed out the

booksmarts, so if you’re thinking of getting some in-class doodling

done, think again! Test questions are mildly sadistic, though John

will provide ample crawl opps for those who care enough to botch the

exams. Moreover, since John’s not a generalist, he won’t offer answers

to questions you can figure on your own. But if you have inquiries

which demonstrate genuine intellectual curiosity, John will be

generous with his time and brain power- count on that! Office hours

are busy and often run seminar style, so get in on it early or you

just might miss him.

Workload: Don’t think you’re off the hook as far as homework goes!

Easier problems are culled from the actual assignments, which do have

collaborative appeal…so split up the sets in your study group and

share the answers! Unless you’re feeling rigorous, well, then there’s

just no getting around hard work.