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2 - Friday, November 2, 2007

Classical good looks

Classical Civilization Prof. Derek
Collins claims he isn't trying.
He says he's just trying to look
professional.
He says it's "cute" that ratemypro-
fessors.com has a category in which
students can rate their professors'
hotness.
But Collins's students say he's the
one who's cute.
Classical Civilization Prof. Derek
Collins has been ranked the hottest
male professor at the University by
users of ratemyprofessors.com, a
website that lets college students
post evaluations of their teachers.
Collins said he's honored but
hopes students don't take his classes
just because they think he's attrac-
tive.
"If every studenton campus wants
to take my class because of the way I
look, that's great," Collins said. "But
a student doesn't stay in your class
because of eye candy - they stay in

your class because they're interest-
ed in what you're teaching."
The website allows students to
grade teachers on a scale of 1-5 based
on how easy a course was, how clear
the professor was,howinterested the
user was in the material and how hot
the professor was. When a student
ranks an instructor a 5 in hotness,
the instructor gets a point. Collins.
has 23 points.
Collins said he thinks the website
serves an important purpose.
"It is a real example of students'
civil responsibility and holding fac-
ulty responsible for what and how
they teach," he said.
When asked how the hotness rat-
ings serve the student community,
Collins laughed and described that
particular category as "cute."
Collins said the attention is flat-
tering but that his job is to teach,
not to look great every day. He said
he doesn't have a particular beauty

regiment or celebrity icon and that
looking glamorous isn't one of his
priorities.
"I don't have a look I'm trying to
cultivate,"he said."Idon'tbuybrand-
name things - I look for things that
look professional."
Collins then rethought his answer,
adding that he would like anyone
with fashion tips to pass them along.
The students on ratemyprofessors.
com don't seem to think he needs any
help in that department, though.
"Prof. Collins makes Greek
Mythology extremely interesting,"
wrote one user who claimed to have
taken Classical Civilization 385 with
Collins. "Not only that but he's nice
to look at as well."
"Good looking guy ... gives off a
George Clooney vibe," another user
wrote.
That user gave him 5/5 ratings in
every category - including hotness.
ZOE BAMBERY

Derek Collin is the hottest male University professor,
according to ratemyprofessors.com. He teaches Classical
Ciyilization focusing on Greek poetry.

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CAMPUS EVENTS & NOTES

TVs reported Man parks using Astronomy
stolen after someone else's open house

months missing handicap permit

WHERE: G.G. Brown Labora-
tory, 2350 Hayward St.
WHEN: Wednesday at about
9:10 a.m.
WHAT: Four televisions that
had been missing from the
building's inventory since this
summer were reported stolen
after it was discovered that no
staff members had borrowed
them, the Department of Pub-
lic Safety reported.

WHERE: Church Carport, 525
Church St.
WHEN: Wednesday at about
1:10 p.m.
WHAT: A man parked his car
in a handicapped space using a
permit belonging to someone
else, DPS reported. Police con-
fiscated the permit after notic-
ing that it did not match the
car's license plate number.

WHAT: Free telescope view-
ing and a planetarium show
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Society
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11 p.m,
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Free veggies
and massages
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and chair massages spon-
sored by a Christian group
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WHERE: Psych Atrium, East
Hall
Lecture on
human values
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"Evolution and the Social

Contract" given by University
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Bryan Skyrmns
WHO: Philosophy Depart-
ment
WHEN: Today at 4 p.m.
WHERE: Rackham Amphi-
theatre
Variety show
for charity
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mances by campus groups
with proceeds going to legal
aid for neglected children
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Comedian Stephen Colbert's
campaign for president was
cut short yesterday when
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was hired yesterday as the
manager of the Los Angeles
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from dorm lab
WHERE: Bursley Hall Carport
WHEN: Wednesday at about
11:55 p.m.
WHAT: A student reported a
laptop valued at $1,500 stolen
from the Bursley computer lab
early Tuesday after it was left
unattended, DPS reported.

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WHERE: Northwood II Apart-
ments
WHEN: Wednesday at about
2:15 p.m.
WHAT: A student in East
Quad reported his or her laun-
dry stolen from the laundry
area in the basement of the
building, DPS reported.

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