Professor Drops Lame Ass Class

CHAPEL HILL, NC—This Sunday, UNC professor Dr. Aaron Bozkurt dropped his class, HIST 235: Medieval Mysteries, describing the course as “lame as hell” and “not a good use of his time.”

The class, which investigates European history at the beginning of the Middle Ages, meets at 9 a.m. three days a week.

“When I wrote the blurb for Medieval Mysteries, I used a lot of adjectives and sexual innuendo to make Christian Monasticism sound exciting,” said Dr. Bozkurt. “But as soon as I walked into that classroom, I knew I had fooled myself.”

Dr. Bozkurt has worked in UNC’s History Department for 17 years, but says he has not experienced a class “so weak” since his first year teaching at Carolina. He says he took an intense disliking to the students in Medieval Mysteries on its first day, mentioning a number of fidgety freshmen and three students from Fayetteville.

“I swear one of those kids still had braces on his teeth,” Dr. Bozkurt said. “If you think I’m going to get up at 7 a.m. just to walk into that mess, you’ve got another thing coming.

“If I could get away with completely checking out every time class met, maybe I wouldn’t drop the course,” he added. “But in a seminar so small, [the students] would know I’m not into it and it would just end up being awkward.”

Since dropping his class, Dr. Bozkurt has been bragging to friends and colleague about his new free time, most recently to UNC Psychology professor Dr. Jennifer Li.

“When I asked Dr. Bozkurt why he was late to class, he told me he had ‘dropped that shit’ and waved a bacon, egg and cheese sandwich in my face,” said Dr. Li. “He said he was planning to hang out until his next class at 2:00 p.m. and then asked if I wanted to go with him to see the Google Earth Display in Davis Library.”

With the semester underway, Dr. Bozkurt has no plans to communicate with his former students about his reasons for dropping the class, hoping instead to just avoid eye contact with them if he ever sees them on campus again.

Anime Convention, Anomie Convention Both In Carrboro This Weekend

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CARRBORO, NC—Carrboro residents are in for a treat this weekend, with conventions celebrating two of the town’s most popular pastimes. Carrboro will play host to the North Carolina Anime Convention—dedicated to the distinctive, influential form of Japanese animation—and also a yet-to-be-titled anomie convention—addressing the feeling of personal unrest, alienation, and uncertainty that comes from a lack of purpose or ideals.

Coordinator Max Sears said that the NC Anime Con will be held in the events space of the Carrboro Arts Center, where a kickoff address from Hikaru Sugura, an illustrator of the acclaimed Attack on Titan manga series, will mark the start of the convention at 7 pm Friday evening.

The anomie convention, according to organizers who wished to remain nameless and faceless, will take place in the open compound behind Open Eye Cafe, although they stressed that  it will also occur “everywhere and nowhere,” in the accusing effluvium of streetlights and steam vents, and in the secret heart of each Carrboro resident lost in the gulf of shame between society’s accepted vision of success and the means by which one is told to seek it.

The anime convention, Sears said, will feature a diverse array of events over the course of the weekend, including several expert panels, a cosplay performance, and a roundtable fan fiction reading.  The anomie convention, meanwhile, is slated to include a demonstration of the impossibility of lighting a match in cold rain, when one is most in need of making fire, a kitchen table where each attendee can stare, silent and unmourning, at the quivering surface of a cup of coffee in the days after his or her mother has passed, and a panel that, according to one organizer, will discuss “Why, as if by design, it is in the very moments when one should be most conscious of what is good and beautiful in life when one instead engages in such unseemly deeds, such deeds as… well, in short, as everyone does, perhaps.”

“The marathon Gundam viewing is definitely where it’s at,” said Carrboro resident Marco Buhl, who said he plans to be present for as much of the anime convention as he can manage. “It’s always fun to swap theories on mobile suit development and just share the weird humor of the whole metaverse.”

“Listen, sometime, to the moaning of an educated man who is suffering from a toothache,” said anomie convention organizer Claude Dillinger. “Not his moaning on the first day, when he moans simply out of pain, like some coarse peasant, but, say, on the second or the third day, when they are not straightforward moans, but crafty moans.

“These moans,” he said, still counterfeiting Dostoevsky’s underground man, “express the pleasure of one who is suffering, for they declare the futility of pain, which so humiliates consciousness. But moans will be of no use to him; he knows that he is only straining and irritating himself and others in vain.

“How can a man of consciousness have the slightest respect for himself?” he said.

The anime convention is scheduled to run until Sunday afternoon, when it will conclude with the presentation of awards for best fan costume and best fan fiction. The anomie convention is expected to continue into perpetuity, unbroken and deathless, the phantom companion to progress.

Sophomore Returns from Break with Nalgene, Renewed Sense of Acceptance

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CHAPEL HILL, NC—This Wednesday, sophomore economics major Garret Walling returned to UNC with a newly purchased Nalgene Wide Mouth Water Bottle, as well as a newfound sense of acceptance on campus.

Walling, who has been on the UNC Tramping Club’s listserv since FallFest his freshman year, says he feels more confident than ever after buying his new water bottle.

“I bought the white, sort of opaque Nalgene with the neon orange cap,” said Walling. “It’s the opacity that tells people, ‘The water in here might be dirty, but I don’t mind because I spend a lot of my time in the woods.’”

Though Walling has not hiked or camped outdoors since quitting his Boy Scouts of America troop in 2004, the sophomore says that he plans on making a few changes now that he owns a Nalgene.

“I’ll definitely be buying a pair of hiking boots,” he said. “And as soon as I figure out where people buy jeans that look good when you cuff them, I’ll be buying those, too.”

Despite owning a backpack that is already equipped to transport water bottles in a convenient pouch, Walling also plans to purchase a neon green carabiner with which to clip his Nalgene. This method, Walling says, makes sense to people who understand hiking.

“I had a lot of success bringing my Nalgene to class on FDOC,” said the sophomore, who made sure to loudly plant the bottle on each of his desks throughout the day. “I only spilled water on myself while I was drinking twice, and it hopefully won’t happen again.

“It was like a tidal wave,” Walling added, shuttering. “It won’t happen again.”

According to his former English 105i professor, Dr. Hilary Rosin, Walling wrote his freshman research paper on the social impact of owning a Nalgene at Carolina.

“If I remember correctly, Garret collected the data for his paper from a survey that he distributed in class,” said Rosin. “He asked how likely students would be to call a male, Nalgene-owning student a ‘Good Guy,’ and asked his peers to rank [1-10] how satisfied they felt when their urine looked clear.”

Having put his research to good use, Walling is sure to refer to his water bottle exclusively as “my Nalgene” for the next two months, and then eventually forget the bottle on a couch in the Student Union.

Freshman Still Freshman

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CHAPEL HILL, NC–Sources close to Jack Brennan, class of 2018, confirm that despite his first semester at Carolina, the freshman is still a freshman.

Brennan spent much of winter break telling his family about the great places he had discovered on Franklin Street, like Buns, Artisan Pizza Kitchen, and Chipotle.

“I feel like I know Franklin Street pretty well,” Brennan said. “certainly better than Ram’s Head.”

His acquaintances were more skeptical. “I doubt he’s ever been farther down Franklin Street than Toppers,” commented Samantha Carr, his editor at the Daily Tar Heel’s City Desk, “I mean, he still eats at Ram’s Head.”

Brennan brought back a Chance the Rapper poster that he asked for after he was introduced to the artist last fall, but he chose to leave his Sports Illustrated and Bob Marley posters where he had hung them in August. Brennan claims to be a “big fan” of “I shot the Sherriff” and “Buffalo Soldier.”

In preparation for spring rush, Brennan has thrown out all of his cargo shorts, but he continues to draw from his extensive Abercrombie and American Eagle collections.

“My fashion sense has gotten a lot better since I go to college,” Brennan said, sporting his brand new Sperry’s, “I didn’t realize how badly I dressed until I came to college.”

Brennan plans to rush a variety of fraternities, but he is especially excited about Sigma Phi Epsilon, Pi Kappa Alpha, and Phi Sigma Pi, the co-ed honors fraternity. Brennan declined to explain his preferences.

After a less than stellar semester academically, Brennan promised his parents that he will “study harder” this semester, explaining that college was “an adjustment.”

“I made a lot of mistakes last year, just trying to get to know everything,” said Brennan while walking his schedule the day before class, “but, I’ve pretty much got a grip on college at this point.”

Brennan spent most of last semester half-hearted studying in his dorm room for a few hours each day before smoking a bowl in the Ehringhaus woods. He plans to spend more time this semester “in the library,” by which he means the Undergraduate Library, the only library he has visited.

Brennan is optimistic about this semester, though he worries that his decision to hook up with his high school girlfriend over break will complicate things with the girl on his hall he likes. He is also looking for a 5th and 6th friend so they can apply for a Morrison super-suite.