Courses & Collections

After the first week since a triumphant return from the holiday maelstrom, I feel obligated to give an initial assessment of my Spring courses. Looking at the schedule gives the illusion that I have lots of free time this semester, but believe me that time is spent working. Not that I’m in over my head, but the load of reading, writing, and translating is coming down like carpet bombs. Heavy, but consistent.

College Algebra – I dropped this course after my first class session. The intelligence level required for this course is abysmally low, and it required that I sign up for a lab. That’s too much unnecessary work to add to my other 17 credits of work. And I’d rather take Computer Programming in the fall to satisfy my math lab requirement.

Civilizations: Past, Present & Future II – now with Dr. Passman (who teaches two other of my courses) instead of the infamous Professor Haggerty, I expect a bit of a break here for the second installment of the Honors gauntlet. But it’s not cake-walk either. I still have weekly reflection papers due after the lecture, and another buffet table full of classics, such as Dante’s Inferno, Machiavelli’s Prince, and St. Augustine’s Confessions. So far we have read The Golden Ass by the Roman author Apuleius, and I quite enjoyed this humorous yet critical tale of the aging Empire in the 2nd century.

Roman History – to give you an idea of how much reading I do for this class, I had to buy four textbooks that I have to read between every class session. But the content is of paramount interest to me, and should greatly help advance my education as classicist.

Honors 180: A Cultural Odyssey – this weekly class is a requirement for all Honors students, and its aim is to develop our appreciation for the range of visual and performing arts. Among the six major events we must attend are performances of The Marriage of Figaro and Julius Caesar, the latter being my favorite Shakespeare play for obvious reasons.

Readings in Latin Literature II – just as last semester, I benefit from translating on my own time, from the comfort of my desk chair as I convert into English writings focused on Roman history, mythology and culture, from Aeneas to Augustus.

Education in a Multi-Cultural Society – this will probably be my least favorite class, and not because I’m a racist. The goal of the course is to guide aspiring teachers past the barriers of their cultural worldview to effecively teach a diverse classroom. So far we are focusing in introspection and becoming aware of the strengths and weaknesses of our own personalities. Myself, I am an ISTJ.

Roman Philosophical Thought – unfortunately, thanks to last week’s snow emergency and today’s national holiday, this weekly class has yet to meet, but Dr. Passman has given us our first assignment, to start translating Lucretius’ magnus opus De Rerum Natura.

To help maintain both a focus on academics and a financial consciousness, I have imposed upon myself a moratorium on CD-shopping, whether from the store or internet. I vow not to purchase any more albums (or patches) until Spring Break begins at the very end of February. I bought roughly 25-30 CDs over the break and I got nearly as much additionally, in electronic form, from my pals Pat and Gabe. My collection has swelled to over 215 albums, and to prove it I arranged them all on my dorm room floor and had Zev take a few shots.



Zev, the photoshop savant that he is, created a high-resolution composite image of the layout, which can be viewed here through Zoomify, which lets you zoom in on specific details with remarkable clarity. Thanks again Zev!


2 Responses to “Courses & Collections”

  1. That is quite the collection, thanks for letting me ransack it. I’ll be returning Onward to Golgotha soon.

  2. Thanks. That Incantation album was the only one missing in the picture.

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