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First day of school today, yay! Today I have World Music Cultures: Africa, Iran, India and Proseminar in Ethnomusicology: Recent Researches in Ethnomusicology. I'm not quite sure what a proseminar is -- a seminar that's lost its amateur standing, perhaps? -- but they seem interesting.

But what's up with the University starting classes on the Friday before Labor Day Weekend? Earth logic, she go boom.

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dawtheminstrel
Sep. 2nd, 2005 03:10 pm (UTC)
As you know, we had TWO WEEKS of classes before Labor Day. The natural order has been greatly upset here.
dawtheminstrel
Sep. 2nd, 2005 03:10 pm (UTC)
PS It's the same order that says that something magical happens at 3:00 on Friday.
frenchpony
Sep. 2nd, 2005 03:16 pm (UTC)
Is this magic that I get to see? I'll be in class at 3 -- will the magic still be available at 4?
dawtheminstrel
Sep. 2nd, 2005 03:22 pm (UTC)
Absolutely! Magic is adjustable.
frenchpony
Sep. 2nd, 2005 03:23 pm (UTC)
Two weeks of classes before Labor Day I can understand. It's the part about having one day of school before a three-day weekend that makes me go "bzuh?"
dawtheminstrel
Sep. 2nd, 2005 09:07 pm (UTC)
I wonder if Friday is the make-up day for Monday? Most classes are either MWF or TTH, so holding classes on Friday will usually make up the difference. Oh, and I just thought of something else. It turns out I have some esoteric knowledge about this.

Universities hate to start the semester on a Tuesday or Thursday. The reason is that labs are usually held those days for lectures that meet on MWF. If you start on a T or Th, you essentially waste a lab day.
frenchpony
Sep. 3rd, 2005 12:44 am (UTC)
That does make sense. I also heard that, at least at my school, it has something to do with the state mandating the length of each semester and the school wanting to get it all in by a certain point in December.
dawtheminstrel
Sep. 3rd, 2005 12:52 am (UTC)
National accreditation boards mandate the minimum number of hours of class you need per credit hour. And usually the start date of the fall semester is set by looking where Christmas falls and counting backward. Then you have to take into account the peculiarities of each system too, like we get all of Thanksgiving week off, so we start early.
dot_o_choillmor
Sep. 2nd, 2005 04:34 pm (UTC)
Your course sounds so interesting. Difficult, but interesting. Colleges here finished in May and still don't go back for another few weeks. You don't mind, though, do you? It sounds like you love this stuff. So, what is a proseminar??

It's still mean to make you go back on a Friday - of any weekend!
frenchpony
Sep. 2nd, 2005 05:21 pm (UTC)
It is both difficult and interesting. I just got out of Intro to World Music, and that was a blast. It's taught by the Insanely Nit-pickety Professor Of Doom, of Ethnobibliography fame, so it'll be a good course. I find that I really like the I.N.P.O.D. when she's not haranguing me for two and a half hours straight. And there was one kid who showed up to class completely and totally stoned, so that was entertaining.

Proseminar is in roughly an hour. If I find out what a proseminar is, I'll let you know.
frenchpony
Sep. 2nd, 2005 07:18 pm (UTC)
Just got out of class again. It seems that a proseminar is a course designed to serve as an introduction to the subject area in question.

I like my definition better.
dot_o_choillmor
Sep. 2nd, 2005 07:29 pm (UTC)
It seems that a proseminar is a course designed to serve as an introduction to the subject area in question.

Oh. So now we know.

I like your definition better too ;-)
bodkin_ra
Sep. 3rd, 2005 06:01 am (UTC)
I like my definition better.

Your definition is much better. Perhaps this should be a protoseminar.
perelleth
Sep. 2nd, 2005 10:34 pm (UTC)
have World Music Cultures: Africa, Iran, India
I'm going to love reading about that!!!

...starting classes on the Friday before Labor Day Weekend?
I suppose you all need kind of readjustment, for brutal immersion in neuronal activity after a long summer may result in brain damage for some people.. Have a good year!:-)
frenchpony
Sep. 3rd, 2005 12:47 am (UTC)
I'm hoping that the I.N.P.O.D. will be the one to show me how to like listening to Karnatak music (South India). I had to listen to a lot of it in college, and it always put me to sleep. But now I wonder if that wasn't because the guy at The Fairest College who did Karnatak music was the most boring professor on the face of the earth, a guy who could put other professors to sleep with a strum of his vina. Maybe the I.N.P.O.D., who may be mildly abusive but is certainly never boring, will find a way to make Karnatak music interesting.
meggins
Sep. 3rd, 2005 02:18 am (UTC)
Alas, the summer's gambols are over, but I look forward to hearing about these intriguing classes. You're right: profs like the I.N.P.O.D., as long as they are not focused on you, are much better than the boring stiffs.
frenchpony
Sep. 3rd, 2005 02:29 am (UTC)
The first great thing about the seminar is that the first book we're reading is by the guy that I want to do my Ph.D. work with. He happens to be a friend of the professor, and he "just happens" to be driving through Grad School Town next week -- so he's going to come speak to the class when we discuss his book! Too cool for words!
elliska
Sep. 5th, 2005 10:24 pm (UTC)
I am trying to get caught up, so sorry to be late in wishing you a great Fall semester. Your classes sound so cool! I really like how it's not all western music. When I went to school, it was hard to find anything except the one, politically correct african music class. I took it. They compared everything to western music. Have a great semester!
frenchpony
Sep. 6th, 2005 12:07 am (UTC)
Well, I am doing ethnomusicology, so I take relatively few Western-classical music classes. But you're right, there are probably a lot more non-Western music classes around to be taken these days. Ethnomusicology is a young, growing discipline, and the field is still pretty wide open. One of the reasons I like it.
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