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4 Some classes at the University are just too much of a pain to get into.

Five of the most talked-about stories of the week, ranked in order of actual importance
After nine seasons as a judge on No longer the gov. of Alaska, Shocker of the week: MLB-star California's Prop. 8 trial, wh
'American Idol,' Simon Cowell has Sarah Palin has signed a deal with Mark McGuire, who broke the began Monday, is being he
announced he will leave the show Fox News to become a regular po- single season home run record determine the constitution
at the end of the current season. litical commentator and analyst. in 1998, admitted this week to of the state's same-sex ma
But now that Paula and her inco- First question: Will she still be using steroids. He said he's been ban passed Nov. 2008, wh
herent ramblings are gone, is there able to see Russia from her porch using the performance-enhanc- currently defines legal mar
reason now to keep watching? while living in New York City? ing drugs on and off for 10 years. the union of opposite-sex c



But don't worry, there's always next year.

ld to
riage as

Teresa Sullivan announced her res-
ignation as University provost on
Monday. Starting Aug. 1, Sullivan
will take over as president at the
University of Virginia. Sullivan will
be the eighth president of UVA
and its first female president.


Law and Social
With an advisory prerequisite
of "seniors only," it might seem like
securing a spot in PoliSci 489 would
be a relatively easy task considering
you'd only have to beat out a quar-
ter of the undergraduate population
in the rush to register. Think again.
The once-a-week lecture, combined
with Professor Richard Bernstein's
positive reputation and the relevant
subject matter, has once again made
the class one of the hottest commod-
ities of the semester.
After the first class, the waitlist
remained at a solid 50-plus students
for a course held ina lecture hall big
enough to accommodate a cool 300-
something bodies.
The course centers on its so-called
"paradigm," which is to explain how
"the legal process can impact the
political process tobringaboutsocial
change." Through guest speakers
such as attorneys, plaintiffs and pub-
lic officials, students will come to
comprehend court rulings that have
brought about monumental change
in law, politics and society.
Kasey King, an LSA senior who
took the course during fall 2009,
cited the variety of topics as the
course's major draw.
"It's something different every
week," he said. "So that's pretty

CICS 101: AMCULT 208:
Intro to Beatniks, Hippies
International Studies and Punks

If you're one of the many students
who's lobbied the University for an
international studies major, congrat-
ulations, it now exists.
The excitement over the new major
has manifested in a rush to enroll in
this introductory class, with a wait-
list that currently boasts 63 students
and was at one point over 100.
With preference given to official
International Studies concentrators,
rumors are circulating that students
have begun declaring as CICS majors
solely to get into the overwhelmingly
popular class.
While it's designed as your basic
introductory course - a broad over-
view of various aspects of globaliza-
tion- Prof. Bradley Farnsworth has
added some wrinkles to the tradi-
tional formula. In addition discuss-
ing everything from "democracy, to
Chinese porcelain, to 'Avatar,' " Farn-
sworth will be bringing in 12 guest
lecturers throughout the semester to
provide a more localized focus.
Farnsworth seems likely to pro-
vide a refreshingly career-oriented
perspective to the course, already
making an effort to tie ideas of "cul-
tural imperialism" to actual real word
applications in only the second class.
Magazine Staff Writer

If you're looking for a fun class to
transfer into, Bruce Conforth's 'Beat-
niks, Hippies, and Punks' is not it. It's
not that the class is unpopular with
students- quite the contrary. After
the first day, the waitlist had over 50
students - far more than your aver-
For anyone who has experienced
one of Conforth's courses, the long
waitlist isn't surprising. During his
second lecture of the semester, Con-
forth, clad in a leather vest and jeans,
played the song "What is Hip?" by
Tower of Power before warning, "one
thing you need to know is that what is
hip today could become passe."
If the auditory aides make the class
sound like a breeze, think again. Stu-
dents have to think in Conforth's class.
"Democracy in America is an inherent
contradiction," he explained in the
same lecture. It's "individuals versus
Even after one lecture, AmCult
208 students seemed to have nothing
but positive things to say. LSA junior
Killian Brady said that since Conforth
grew up during the decade he teaches,
he "seems more authentic."
Conforth himself says the class's
popularity is because of the subject
matter. "I like to think it's a topic stu-
dents relate to," he said.
Magazine Staff Writer

CAAS 358:
Michael Jackson
Race and Genius in
As students filed into the first lec-
ture for CAAS 358, "The Way You
Make Me Feel," "Black or White," and
"Thriller" played to a YouTube mash-
up of famous Michael Jackson music
videos. The course, more commonly
referred to as "the Michael Jackson
class," will focus on the legend's reign
as the King of Pop, from his portrayal
in the media to the role race played in
his life.
Held around a large conference
table in Haven Hall, every chair was
filled by the 30-something students
registered for the class, while those
on the extensive waitlist leaned
against the walls awaiting their fates.
Professor Nesha Haniff began by
by a class before, going on to explain
that while most of the class promises
to be discussion and analysis-based,
guest lecturers will contribute top-
ics like the multicultural
aspects of
dance and
its impactr
on the
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"'The Tonight Show' at 12:05 simply isn't 'The Tonight Show' How to stay warm
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CONAN O'BRIEN, host of NBC's The Tonight Show, saying he won't follow Jay
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"I am proud of my husband."
DEFNE BAYRAK, wife of Humam Khalil Abu-Mulal al-Balawi, a suicide bomber
who killed seven CIA employees at a U.S. base in Afghanistan last week.
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