BOSTON, Feb. 28 (UPI) -- Boston-area colleges are offering an array of quirky classes this semester, including a class on filmmaker Quentin Tarantino and the HBO series "The Wire."
The Boston Globe compiled a list of 17 unusual courses available at Boston-area colleges this spring.
Harvard University made the list five times for classes including "Race, Racism and Quentin Tarantino," in which graduate students study "the difference between racist writing and writing racism," the course's syllabus states, adding, "There is no required reading," as well as two classes focusing on the classic HBO series "The Wire."
"The Wire: Race and Justice" and "HBO's The Wire and its Contribution to Understanding Inequality" offer analysis of the social science and legal procedures within the show.
At MIT, students were offered a class called "How to Stage a Revolution." The course teaches students how various populations managed to overthrow a ruler or establish a new government -- with or without violence.
Boston College students had the option of taking the class "Apocalyptic Literature," in which they would have studied manuscripts and predictions on how the world will end, in the biblical tradition.
"Social Media at Emerson" is a class offered a social media professor at Emerson College. The professor asks students each semester to convince a celebrity to meet with the class. Previous classes have met with Chad Ochocinco and Rob Gronkowski, Emerson Professor David Gerzof Richard said. This semester, his students are trying to persuade comedian and Newton native Louis C.K. to visit.
Emerson students were also able to register for the class "Puppetry," which ends with the construction of puppets for in-class presentations.
Missing sausage costume recovered
MILWAUKEE, Feb. 28 (UPI) -- The missing Klement's racing Italian Sausage costume -- which is featured at Milwaukee Brewers baseball games -- was anonymously dropped off at a Wisconsin bar.
The 7-foot-tall costume, named Guido, was last seen Feb. 16, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reported.
A witness saw the sausage walk out of a fundraiser at the Milwaukee Curling Club's in Cedarburg about 7:45 p.m., Cedarburg police Detective Jeff Vahsholtz said. The Italian sausage was later seen at TJ Ryan's bar in Cedarburg about hour later and also made an appearance around midnight at The Roadhouse Bar and Grill.
Just before 8 p.m. Wednesday, two men -- one wearing a hoodie pulled tight over his face -- dropped the costume off at TJ Ryan's and told staff, "You did not see anything," bartender Jen Mohney said.
"Like I didn't just see two guys plop a sausage on a bar stool," Mohney said, adding that the two left in less than a minute and she immediately called police.
The Famous Klement's Racing Sausages, which also include the Bratwurst, the Polish Sausage, the Hot Dog and the Chorizo, are regularly featured at Brewers games and recently appeared at the team's spring training in Arizona. The Brewers and Klement's each have a set of the costumes.
Woman finds, returns $11,000
SALEM, N.Y., Feb. 28 (UPI) -- A woman, driving in Salem, N. Y., passed by an armored truck dropping dollar bills and coins, called 911, then helped pick up the money.
Pat Wesner said she was driving Tuesday morning through the rural community near Albany, N.Y., when she saw coins and dollar bills flying everywhere.
She referred to the way "the change hit the ground and sprayed out like a halo" as "something out of a movie."
Wesner called 911, and later took a photograph of herself and a New York state trooper collecting the money from the road, about $11,000 in one-dollar bills and $50 in pennies, WXXA-TV, Albany, reported.
"We were both laughing, picking up money off the ground, and I said, 'I can't even put one dollar in my pocket without feeling guilty. It's not my money,'" Wesner later said.
The television station reported the armored car driver was not aware of the incident until police informed him.
Wesner said she received a call from the armored car company, thanking her for the return of the money.
Centenarian Bromfield cook gets diploma
LUCAS, Ohio, Feb. 28 (UPI) -- The former cook for author Louis Bromfield -- a 106-year-old woman from Pennsylvania -- will soon receive her high school diploma, officials said.
Reba Williams, who cooked for Bromfield at Malabar Farm in Lucas, Ohio, from 1943 to 1957, never graduated from Mount Vernon High School, although she completed all 12 years, the Mansfield (Ohio) News Journal reported Thursday.
Her daughter, Lavata Williams, said Reba refused to read a book a teacher assigned, even though the school gave her the option of reading it during the summer and writing a report in exchange for her diploma.
"[Reba] said the book was not worth reading and she'd already read it once and didn't like it and wasn't going to read it again," her daughter said.
On Feb. 18, the Mount Vernon Board of Education made a motion to grant Reba Williams a diploma after Fred Dailey, a Mount Vernon resident who served for 16 years at the director of the Ohio Department of Agriculture, and his wife approached the board about the issue after reading a News Journal story about Williams earlier this year.
"It seemed like a nice thing to do and although I never knew her personally it seemed like something that was overdue," Fred Dailey said.
Lavata Williams said when she told her mother about the diploma, she replied, "That's nice."
A spokeswoman for the board said arrangements have not yet been finalized for how the board will present the diploma to Williams, in person or in the mail.
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