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Jul. 23rd, 2009

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What majors at ASC are most popular, and some other observations

In a fit of job-searching, boredom, and my own curiosity, I decided to see which majors at ASC are most popular. We have a general idea that, say, English is generally more popular than math, even if the writing center and math learning center are both popular. But how do things really work out? And where does your major stand? Read on.

I looked at the most official sample I could get my hands on: the Class of 2009 commencement program. If you have a copy, take it out and play along. It's not perfect--after all, there are always people with special circumstances, and the sampling isn't random, explaining why some of these numbers surprised me. And as usual, your class may vary. The raw data is here with a list of majors, number of students, and percentage of the class completing said major. (Note: I have no data on what minors were completed.)

First, the Most Popular Majors of ASC's Class of 2009:
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Jul. 22nd, 2009

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ASC on Twitter

For those of you who have taken to the 140-character microblogosphere (now the Internet implodes), you might be interested to know that ASC is on Twitter.

Follow the college account here.

So far it's just an RSS feed of the stories off the front page of the ASC website, but who knows what the future could bring?

Jun. 9th, 2009



Movie controversy on NPR

Agnes Scott's movie controversy makes it to NPR.

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Jun. 7th, 2009



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Today I read a cool article in the ASC magazine: Click! You Got It—or Not
Innovative classroom technology allows instant assessment for students
and professors by m. hunter whitten ’10

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It's about using just-in-time teaching techniques with a "clicker" that allows students to answer a prof's question anonymously. The prof can then check a bar graph to see how well the class as a whole is getting the lecture material. It's interesting to me because back in '99 I did a research experience at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign on physics education, and just-in-time teaching was one of the things we examined.

Anyone here ever use one of these "clickers" in a classroom, whether at ASC or elsewhere?

Apr. 6th, 2009


Scholarship Problem?

I feel like an idiot  for bothering you all about this, but here's the issue: I've had my heart set on going to Agnes Scott for a good while and I've received a $15,000 scholarship. With the aid and the work study I'd still need to borrow or otherwise come up with about $8,000 a year, assuming none of my funds are suddenly dropped for whatever reason.
I was completely prepared to try and pull this off UNTIL I got a full-ride from Auburn University in Alabama. I'm told this is a good school, and its really hard to say no to that much cash. However, its not at all diverse, very conservative, and I still have some reservations about taking my black behind to Alabama, when i could live in Decatur. That aside, they're giving me pretty much everything I could ask for financially. I've always been very practical when it comes to financial issues, but I have a weird feeling in my gut about Auburn, which has been getting worse and worse..
Do you think I should somehow still go for it, or be more reasonable and go to Auburn?
If I do attend Agnes Scott, does anyone have any ideas for coming up with enough cash to justify (to myself and family) denying a full-ride?
I almost wish I hadn't gotten anything from Auburn so I wouldn't have to make such a hard decision...
Sorry for bothering you about this and going on for so long.
Thank you!

Mar. 31st, 2009



Another article on the Road Trip II controversy

Today on ajc.com "Access Atlanta"


Spotlight not always glamorous at film-happy Agnes Scott

Apr. 1st, 2009



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Hey Scotties! 

I graduated May 2008. Did ITS close my email account in December 2008 or does it last for a year after graduation? Thank you in advance!

Mar. 29th, 2009

Hawk and Trap


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I don't know how many of you have already seen this, but I had only heard of it and thought y'all might appreciate it.
So, here is the legendary College Bowl episode, 1966: Princeton vs. Agnes Scott.
[now in living color]

Mar. 26th, 2009

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This week Agnes Scott hosted the 38th Annual Writer's Festival.
The guest judges were Anita Desai, Junot Diaz, Quiara Hudes. Alumna Memye Curtis Tucker could not make it and was replaced by Sabrina Orah Mark (who is teaching poetry at Agnes).

This year 8 of the 21 finalists were Agnes Scott students, and our own Louisa Hill won for the genre of one-act play. (Congrats, Louisa!!)

This evening Junot Diaz and Anita Desai gave a joint reading. When voicing his appreciation of the campus community, Junot Diaz said, "Y'all rock. Man, this shit is nice." He later also mentioned his admiration of the work done on campus for the Living Wage Campaign.

Of the remaining events, Sabrina Orah Mark will be giving a reading tomorrow at 10am in Dana.


First-year mascot

What is the current mascot for 2012? Do the seniors remain the Gold Diggers, the juniors remain the Phoenixes, and the sophomores remain the Amazon Warriors? Are any classes rumbling loudly about changing their mascot next year?

Thanks for getting this old Vixen caught up. :-D

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