Elite 8 | Sherman Ave Presents: Best Winter Quarter Distros 2014

10 Nov

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With the polls closed for the round of 16, the Elite 8 in Sherman Ave’s Distro of the Quarter 2K14 challenge–sponsored by Klondike®–is underway!

Following an intense round of matchups and the fall of all four number 1 seeded distros in the second round, the Elite 8 features four intriguing battles in Distribution Division Finals. Ancient Athens: Democracy, Drama, and Civilization looks to continue its improbable run for the Ethics & Values title as it squares off against the fifth-seeded Comparative Slavery, while both Cyberqueer and Intro to Fiction coasted in their second-round challenges to advance to the final in the Literature & Fine Arts Division. While surprisingly strong voter participation helped Modern Cosmology advance to face Human Origins in the Natural Science Division, the Astronomy Department is currently under investigation for allegations of voter intimidation. And after treating Finite Mathematics like it was a voluntary after-class demonstration in Human Sexuality, Psych Stats advanced to meet Intro to Stats in a showdown that will defy all normal curves.

Key statistics and Sherman Ave expert analysis are provided below to ensure that our voters remain well-informed. If any further students, professors, or departmental chairs wish to weigh in, please email us at shermanave1@gmail.com. Voting for the Distribution Division Finals closes tomorrow at midnight!

FORMAL STUDIES DIVISION
[4] STAT 202: Introduction to Statistics
Time: Monday, Wednesday, and Friday, 10:00am-10:50am
Location: 555 Clark B01
Instructor: Margaret Andrews
Seats available: 60

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Time: Tuesday and Thursday, 11:00am-12:20pm
Location: TBA
Instructor: Wenxin Jiang
Seats available: 65

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Time: Tuesday and Thursday, 12:30pm-1:50pm
Location: TBA
Instructor: Wenxin Jiang
Seats Available: 65
Analysis: A lot of students seem to take this class, so therefore Intro to Stats must be popular. Correlation implies causation, right?

[3] PSYCH 201: Statistical Methods in Psychology
Time: Monday, Wednesday, and Friday, 11:00am-11:50am
Location: Swift Hall 107
Instructor: Benjamin Gorvine
Seats available: 105
Analysis: A guest expert weighs in:

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ETHICS & VALUES DIVISION
[5] AF AM ST 342: Comparative Slavery
Time: Tuesday, 2:00pm-5:00pm
Location: University Library 3322
Instructor: Sherwin Bryant
Seats available: 15
Analysis: If you’re not a fan of the three hour block, this may not be the class for you. On the plus side, when you get out of class at 5, you’ll be just steps away from Frontera for dinner…LOL JK THEY CLOSE AT 5. GOOD LUCK GETTING A TACO NOW. So if you like tacos and being sober in the library, please do not take this class.

[7] CLASSICS 211: Ancient Athens: Democracy, Drama, and Civilization
Time: Tuesday and Thursday, 11:00am-12:20pm
Location: Kresge Hall 2-415
Instructor: Robert Wallace
Seats available: 65
Analysis: We learn about Julius Caesar in this class, right? Was he the one who built the Colosseum? I took Latin in high school, so will that be, like, useful for this class? Carpe Diem yall!!!!!!! ❤ ❤

LITERATURE & FINE ARTS DIVISION
[4] GNDR ST 374: Cyberqueer
Time: Tuesday and Thursday, 2:00pm-3:20pm
Location: Kresge Hall, 2-359
Instructor: Jillana Enteen
Seats available: 30
Analysis: After dispensing with first-seeded The Dao of Sex: Sexuality in China, Past and Present in the second round, Cyberqueer looks to further its unexpected ascent to the top of the Literature & Fine Arts Division. Watch for Cyberqueer to break out the Ryan Gosling memes and America’s Next Top Model gifs in its race to the top.

[2] ENGLISH 213: Introduction to Fiction
Time: Tuesday and Thursday, 11:00am-12:20pm
Location: Fisk Hall 217
Instructor: Christine Froula
Seats available: 80
Analysis: Hopefully this class covers the basic books that introduced us all to fiction, like the Wishbone series, The Berenstain Bears, and Animorphs. Anything beyond that, and this class is in trouble. Look for Intro to Fiction to make more noise in the bracket than the desks in Fisk.

NATURAL SCIENCE DIVISION
[4] ASTRON 101: Modern Cosmology
Time: Monday, Wednesday, and Friday, 1:00pm-1:50pm
Location: Tech, Lecture Room 2
Instructor: Michael Smutko
Seats available: 280
Analysis: Modern Cosmology’s only black hole is that it’s in Tech. You’re not going to walk from Allison to Tech on a Friday in January when you can sit in your room eating a Wings Over and streaming Zenon while nursing your Deuce induced hangover.

[2] ANTHRO 213: Human Origins
Time: Monday, Wednesday, and Friday, 12:00pm-12:50pm
Location: Harris Hall 107
Instructor: Erin Waxenbaum Dennison
Seats available: 100
Analysis: The class sounds like it actually might involve science and not involve watching Indiana Jones. But with 100 people in the class, there’s no reason you can’t sit in back and stream it. For those of you living north of Foster, making the trek to Harris three times a week presents a challenge almost as daunting as the search for a complete homo rudolfensis skull.

Blaise Bernard and Evander Jones

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