gorcee wrote:Oh come now, AE214 wasn't that bad. I have fond memories of my Aerodynamics I class in there. Sage 3510 is a MUCH worse lecture hall.
I'm not currently at RPI. I was class '04, but due to circumstances, took a 3 year break before I finished in Fall '07. I never had Herron.
I did have Zuker, which was the worst experience of my entire time there. Well, him, Scarton (from MEAE... or MANE now, I guess), and one other guy whose name I cannot remember from MANE (I don't think he's there anymore).
Anyhow, you were there probably around the same time I was. But I was in MEAE for my first 3.5 years, unofficially doubling in math, which I switched to when I returned because of course schedule changes.
You're right, Sage was worse, I just distinctly remember thinking "Why can't I hear his voice over the radiator?" I graduated 2006 with a BS in CompSci, so yeah, roughly the same time frame.
I recall my friends that were a year ahead of me and engineers mentioning Scarton's name several times. Several of them were Mechanical/Aerospace.
This makes me sad. I'm guessing no one ever actually thought to try to talk
to this young man about his behavior before turning him into a legend and spawning web sites about him everywhere.
No, this situation was pretty clearly unique.
Professors would talk to Yi about his behavior being inappropriate and distracting to other students, and his behavior didn't change. People that would talk to him after class and try to be helpful would quickly realize that:
- Once you initiated a conversation with him, you couldn't get away from him, even if you had another class you needed to get to. I did this once, he wanted to talk to me about Warcraft III for 30 minutes, despite the fact that I politely tried to end the conversation 2 or 3 times before saying "I have to go" and walking away.
- He probably had a very large sense of entitlement, which explained for some of how he acted.
- His grip on reality may have not been completely there.
- Calling him eccentric would be the understatement of the decade.
- Being a Chinese exchange student, there may or may not have been some cultural barriers, but I'll leaning towards that not being very relevant.
Two stories/rumors surrounding Yi involve (which could all in fact be made up just to make his personality even more absurd by mean spirited people, but they're all 100% believable if you'd met him) that I still remember are that he wore the same clothes and coat everyday (this was true for a year or two, we both started our Bachelors at the same time), someone claimed to ask him why and that his response was that he placed them in a box labeled "Yi Guo, RPI USA" back in China and then placed the box in the mail and didn't understand why they hadn't arrived at his dorm room. The other being, someone claimed to have overheard him talking to himself while walking in the rain, complaining about it, and then started devising plans for a big rubber bubble to cover all of the campus to keep the rain out. For the most part, I've actively tried to forget about this individual. He was in the Multivar Class I took, as well as the Intro to AI class I took, and probably one or two others, and he truly made trying to learn anything unbearable. The only thing to do was try and tune him out, as it was clear he wasn't going to change.