“AND SO YOU CAN SEE — BY ADDING COKE TO RYE
YOU GET A TASTY TREAT.” This professor is divulging
the secrets of the universe to his attentive class.
Brian Way -Department of English
You know those English profs who fill their lectures with
convoluted allusions to books and authors whom you've never
even heard of? The ones who assume a second-year arts student
has read everything from Keats to Eliot to Homer and everything
in between? Well, Brian Way is not one of those profs.
Rather than making his students feel insignificant and hopelessly
unlearned, Way instead tailors his lectures specifically for
the student population. This is not to say Way doesn't know
his stuff; quite the opposite. He is one of the most intelligent
and knowledgeable professors I've ever been lucky enough to
have a class with (Eng 264E -American Literature).
However, he makes a concerted effort to keep students interested
by interspersing lively stories and interesting commentary
with the unavoidably drier lecture material. In addition, he
is extremely friendly and helpful and has an excellent knack
for making students feel comfortable in an interactive classroom
American Literature has remained my favorite course, but not
because of the material itself, rather, because of a prof who
had the talent to make the material come alive.
Elias Polizoes -Department of Modern Languages and Literatures
Last year, I took Intensive Italian for beginners (Italian
002) with Professor Elias Polizoes. My original intention was
to grasp a language that had always intrigued me. And I had
hopes of kicking my Italian vocal repertoire up a notch by
Polizoes is a fabulous professor to introduce students to
the Italian language and culture. With a particular emphasis
on grammar, he helps build a strong linguistic understanding.
He keeps his students awake by recounting stories of his experiences
in Italy, from bar etiquette to dating rituals.
He was even wise enough to sense the need to spice up the
class occasionally; this was when he showed hilarious Italian
films and played current pop hits from Italy. Elias enriched
the students' learning experience further by inviting the class
to his home for an evening of Italian food, wine and conversation.
He is sarcastic, clever and a prof committed to ensuring his
students not only learn the language, but come to appreciate
the rich Italian culture.
Human Sexuality 153
How many of you can say you've seen one of your profs blow
up a condom balloon on his arm? If you're in Human Sexuality
153, a.k.a. "sex psych" with Dr. Guy Grenier, then
this is no surprise to you. At this point, it's probably clear
to you why sex psych is my favourite class at Western thus
far, but wait, there's more.
If any of you have ever tried to buy a Human Sexuality text
book at the Used Bookstore, you'll know it's virtually impossible.
This is because most students keep theirs at home on their
bedside tables for later use. The Human Sexuality book is the
Cosmo of text books, complete with drawings of sexual positions,
techniques of masturbation and discussions on the infamous "G-spot." All
joking aside, what makes this class enjoyable is not only the
subject matter, but Grenier himself. He teaches the material
in an interesting and engaging way, making the three hours
of class seem to fly by. One of his first and most important
tidbits of information was that "clitoris does not rhyme
Overall, I'd have to say that Human Sexuality 153 is the class
in which I have laughed and learned the most.
We all went through high school trying to avoid those long
boring English classes in which we were forced to scrutinize
our own spelling, grammar and writing style. However, these
skills actually come in handy at university.
When writing papers, it's easy to think a prof won't penalize
spelling and grammar mistakes because she happens to teach
business or science. In reality, it really does matter and
you will lose marks for poor writing. Grammar skills are valuable
and knowing what a prepositional phrase, a conjunctive adverb
or how to actually use a comma will score you the A paper you
Writing 101 seems like a bird course, but it may be the most
practical course you take during your time at university. It's
a course I suggest be taken by all students before you graduate.
It teaches the basics -nouns, pronouns, subordinate clauses,
coordinating conjunctions, commas and even the dreaded semi-colon.
The work is challenging in the respect that this is one class
where you really cannot ignore grammatical mistakes, as that
is all the professor is looking for.
This has real life implications as well -imagine writing a
report for a high profile company, only to be recognized as
the new guy/girl who doesn't even know how to form a proper
sentence with a subject and object. Writing 101 expands your
horizons of writing knowledge and will help with all the other
courses you take. If you take it and don't like it, drop it.
But this half course, with just two hours a week, is one that
will make a difference and pay off in the end.
International and Comparative Studies 291F -Mapping the Middle
From 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. every Thursday, a class at Huron University
College gathers to learn about the history of the Middle East.
However, this class is unlike any other on campus.
Rather than approach the Middle East from a purely historical
or cultural perspective, the class seeks to examine today's
Middle East as a largely European construction.
"This course is about how politics and culture are not
always the same thing," said ICS 291F professor Bill Acres,
adding the course delves into the roots of the regional turmoil
created when one attempts to lay political maps on pre-existing
Adding to the class' unique approach to its subject matter
is the diverse dynamic of the class itself; nearly one-third
of the students currently enrolled are Muslim, while an equal
number are Jewish and Christian. In the end, students from
various cultural backgrounds actively enjoy Acres' original
approach to an often contentious subject.
" I've been out of school for six years and this is the
class I've come back to take," said Willy Elejel, a third-year
undeclared student at Huron.
Melissa Harty -Ivey School of Business
Teaching Business 257 is not an easy task; there is a great
amount of information that needs to be covered and a lot of
redundant questions are asked. It requires a lot of organization
and patience. Furthermore, most business professors are young
and fresh out of Ivey; they don't know how to answer all questions
and sometimes may be given less respect from students because
Melissa Harty is a prime example of how to develop keen and
successful business students. She is a caring person and genuine
in her attempts to help. Instead of pointing out a student's
obvious flaw, she simply states that although it's a good answer,
it's not exactly what she's looking for. Yeah, yeah, we all
know that is the nice way of saying you are wrong. But that
is exactly my point.
Harty helps students re-gain their confidence if they present
a wrong answer; she simply guides them along the path towards
the right answer and patiently waits until they clue in.
Harty is devoted to her students and wants nothing more than
for each and every single one of them to excel to the best
of their ability and do well as a class. She is caring, intelligent
and interesting. She attempts to make lectures interesting,
even though sometimes talking in numbers for an hour and a
half can get to you.
Harty is sincere and straightforward as to her expectations.
She has won the respect of each of her students this year as
well as previous years due to her award-winning personality,
commitment and encouragement.