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November 13 @ 5:00 pm – 6:00 pm, CUE 203

“Playing the College Game”

Presented by Jake Leachman (Mechanical Engineering).

We’ve all said or heard the statement, “I know, just play the game.” But why? We seem stuck in a tragic battle pitting our own personal values against the gamified metrics deemed by our society as important. As a former NCAA football player who suffered a career ending injury, Jake Leachman experienced the thrills, shills, and even pills of playing the game. Now as a professor in mechanical engineering, Leachman coaches student teams to compete successfully in an increasing number of technology innovation competitions. So he asks the question: are metrics and games the future of the Collegiate experience? Or is this a never-ending arms race? As we endeavor to play the game, to be the top student and the top public research university, will we end up winning like in Ready Player One?

November 14 @ 7:30 pm – 9:00 pm, Jones Theatre at Daggy Hall

“A Literature to Life Stage Presentation of Ray Bradbury’s Fahrenheit 451”

Adapted verbatim from the class dystopian novel, this solo performance presents a frightening vision of a world awash in information but rejecting critical thought. In this future society, firemen don’t put out fires; they start them in order to burn books. Returning from work one night, fireman Guy Montag meets his new neighbor, a teenage girl whose free-thinking ideals and liberating spirit cause him to question his life and his own perceived happiness. Presented by WSU Performing Arts, this event is free to all WSU students with ID.  

Faculty considering RPO for classes can request a desk copy.

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What Is a Common Reading?

A common reading is one way to create community connections among students, and between students and their professors, residence hall staff, and others. Topics in a selected book are examined throughout the year by members of the university community. They spark discussions and intellectual conversations in and beyond classrooms, highlight WSU research and the diversity of ideas across disciplines, and introduce different ways to explore complex issues from a variety of perspectives.

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Ready Player One, Author Earnest Cline, 8.28.17 at 7 p.m., Beasley Coliseum