August 15th, 2010

math: gang sines

(no subject)

I just went to the ASC math department website in search of the women mathematicians site and stumbled upon the schedule of math classes for next year. Two things I noticed:

1. Apparently community hour/community naptime has changed or has been eliminated. It was 10-11am Monday, Wednesday, and Friday when I was a student. This was when everyone loved scheduling their morning events. Something must have changed, though, because I noticed classes definitely happening during that time on MWF.

2. The regular class schedules in general have changed. The math department may not be the best sample to go by because they're known for their crazy scheduling, but there are more fifty-minute classes than I remembered, and most of them are on regular MWF schedules or Tuesday/Thursday. Even linear algebra is on a 65-minute schedule on MWF, as opposed to 50 minutes four days a week. Even multivariable calculus is fifty minutes three days a week, as opposed to fifteen more minutes two days a week. This never happened before. When did the math department back down on this? Did the students revolt? From what I remember, the math department always tried to schedule around the students' other majors or minors. Mine was pretty easy, and being ahead of completing the major didn't hurt, but those who were doing other science majors or minors had a hard time. Most of the time it was the science departments screwing things up!

3. Classes are starting at the half hour instead of the hour. Except for the math department, which has to have a class start at 8:15 instead of 8:30, and which has to have a class go fifteen minutes over for a few classes. But there's nothing crazy from my student days. None of this two days at one time and another day at a completely different time, or an extra fifteen minutes two days. Only two classes meet four days a week.

What has Agnes wrought?