The Top Twelve List

Now that we’re live on the Internet and everything, we realized that we ran the risk of being sued by David Letterman if we kept up our Top Ten lists. Instead, we proudly introduce our first “Top Twelve”:

Like the good scientists we are, before we made the switch to an on-line newsletter, we wanted to test it and make sure it had the same value as the PDF version.  So, we bounced it off a focus group of 20 different Human Development and Psychology majors and minors to get their feedback before we went to press (don’t worry, we worked hard to make sure we had a representative sample and IRB approval). Below are The Top Twelve Comments We Received In Response to the New Blog Format. 

12. I have some concerns about you bringing your childish antics to such a wide audience. Certainly, the University has a policy against this sort of thing.

11. Good work.  Now, just get someone else to write it and you will be all set.

10. With all the construction on campus, it was getting increasingly difficult to come in and pick up my paper copy.  Thanks – now I never have to come in. 

9. Was this approved by The Pink Flamingo Task Force for the Generation of Ideas?

8. Wow, great job!  The rest of the world has been blogging for around 10 years….but…way to catch up.

7. There’s a newsletter?

6. I find the photo of the field filled with plastic flamingos soothing and upsetting at the same time.  Is this a Rorschach test?

5. This is great.  My newsletter deliverer had been on strike for the last 14 months.  You showed him.

4. Can you still call it “going to press” when it’s on-line?

3. As long as it’s interdisciplinary enough, I don’t care how you get it to me.

2. Not reading it on-line somehow seems much better than not reading a paper copy. 

1. It’s nice to be able to cut and paste stupid things that my professor writes directly into

Top 10 Questions Students Ask During Registration

At first I wasn’t going to be allowed a Top 10 list in this issue. But, we had extra space on this last page so I was given the go ahead by the Editor-in-Chief (I should feel good knowing my Top 10 lists are more valuable than a blank piece of paper).  So, here it goes: The Top 10 questions students ask during Registration. 

10. Why isn’t “cry” listed amongst the things to do when all the classes I want to take are closed? 

9.  Is there any way to find out ahead of time which classes will be canceled when it snows and which ones will not? 

8.  How can I find a Writing Emphasis class that doesn’t actually require any writing?

7.  What do I do if my advisor only holds office hours from 2-4 AM on alternate Tuesdays?

6.  Can my Scuba class be double-counted as a Psychology elective?

5.  I think there’s something wrong with SIS.  It says that all the Human Development classes are full. That can’t be right, can it?

4.  Speaking of SIS, is there a class I can take (and maybe one you can enroll my advisor in, too) that will teach me how to read my Degree Progress Report? 

3.  Is it OK to count 1 SS1 for 1 SS2 provided I take 2 H2s and 2 NPS2s, or will that leave me DOA?

2.  Instead of a candy bar, could the trivia winners be waived into the courses of their choosing?

1.  Could you make sure the Top 10 list is at the beginning of the next issue?  That way I don’t need to read all this other stuff.

Top 10 Imaginary Comments About the Newsletter

Our editorial board isn’t feeling in the pink right now; in fact, we’re a little blue. You might even say we’re in a fowl mood (get it? “fowl” mood!). We worked our tail-feathers off on our first issue, and no one seemed to notice. In fact, the only comments in our beautiful new Suggestion Box were made by Dr. Martin.  That’s okay – since we didn’t get a lot of feedback from students, we made some up.  Below are the Top 10 comments we imagined having received from you about the first newsletter.

10. Finally, my life-long quest to figure out Pavlov’s middle name is over.  So, what do you think the “B.F.” in “B.F. Skinner” stands for?

9.  My superego kept telling me I should read it, but my id told me to take a nap.  The id won this round. 

8.  I wish it had been data-driven rather than theory-driven.

7.  I was going to say something, but I learned in class that variable-ratio reinforcement schedules were more effective than continuous ones.

6.  Will this material be on the next exam?

5.  I have my spam-blocker set up to keep just this sort of thing out of my inbox.

4.  How come there’s no sports section?

3.  I don’t read anything unless it has the word “interdisciplinary” in the title.

2.  This is not your typical newsletter.  Rather, it’s a breath-taking breakthrough into the suspense-comedy genre that owes as much to Lev Nikolayevich Tolstoy as to Dave Barry, molding the two of them into a grand vision that’s as spectacular as it is unique.

1.  I still don’t understand why you have flamingos outside your offices (that’s okay, neither do we).