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Alan Foster
(Communications/ Journalism)


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Subject: Fun class, nice guy  (Jan 09 2006, 06:59PM)
Student: Eggplant ()
Class:Media Writing (B+)
 12 of 37 students found this review helpful.

 Dr. Foster is a nice guy, and I like to write, so Media Writing was an interesting class for me, and it was fun, too. Just do a decent job on the proficiency exam, and you should be fine. If you have even a minimal interest in news, writing, etc, take the class, it's fun, it's not too hard and you learn stuff, too.
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Negative Comments (3)

Subject: Worst professor I ever had  (Apr 25 2006, 10:57PM)
Student: Anonymous ()
Class:Feature Writing (--)
 12 of 37 students found this review helpful.

 This professor teaches you nothing. I am NOT kidding. He is the worst professor I have ever had in my life. All he does is have you read a bunch of books, then makes everyone read it AGAIN in class and go over it in class. Literally, the whole 1st month was that.. just a HUGE waste of time. Ok so he makes you use blackboard. He doesn't tell you about assignments beforehand.. he posts them on blackboard like.. the day before they are due and expects you to do it all beforehand. Lets just say... if you like to write, good for you but this professor will teach you NOTHING. I could have wrote all the articles I did in his class without taking his class. I am not being mean, I am just being honest. If you want to write feature articles look up stuff in books and internet about it.. you will learn more from a little research than you ever will in his class.
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Subject: He sucks  (Dec 21 2005, 01:36PM)
Student: Anonymous (Comm/Journ)
Class:Media Writing (D)
 12 of 37 students found this review helpful.

 He comes off as a nice fun guy... but he's not... The whole semester all you do is prepare for the Proficiency Exam... Then when thats done he crams a semesters worth of information in three weeks. If you do bad on the exam you can rewrite it.. but theres no point you still get the same grade.. He also discorages you from doing this major. He really didn't do anything but cause me stress and make me hate a major I loved so much...
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Subject: OMG!!!  (Oct 17 2005, 09:47AM)
Student: Anonymous (Communications Studies)
Class:Press and Public Affairs (A-)
 12 of 37 students found this review helpful.

 If you want a professor that reminds you of a child during a church sermon, take this guy. My class consisted of nothing but short presentations on chapters in the book that he assigns. While you present your chapter, you can tell that he really isn't paying attention. At the end, during the question and answer of your presentation, he will ask you questions that have nothing to do with the chapters. He is also very biased. Now I'm not a Bush voter, but jeeze, this guy is a super liberal. The books he chooses are liberal biased and he will do nothing short of trying to embarrass you if you try to put a small conservative spin on your presentation. Foster is also very unorganized and you never know if he is telling a joke or he is really serious. The class is easy, but do you really want to put yourself through torture like this?
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Subject: Eh...  (May 15 2005, 11:05PM)
Student: Anonymous (Communications/Journalism)
Class:Media Writing (B+)
 12 of 37 students found this review helpful.

 Nice guy, but dosen't have a really well thought out plan for a semester. Changes things over and over, and the only thing worth any points is the Proficiency Exam.
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Subject: Nice guy, bad teacher  (Mar 14 2005, 07:54PM)
Student: Bri Dubel (Comm/Journ)
Class:Media Writing (B)
 12 of 37 students found this review helpful.

 He knows he doesnt know what he's talking about, so he tries, and sometimes is not that successful. He is geniunly concerned with how you do in his class, and tries his best to make the class interesting. But his methods of teaching leave something to be desired, and seem to lack direction.
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