Student Uses FroSci to Calculate How Long into Conversation with Mom Asking for Money is Okay

CARMAN HALL  –  Demonstrating the power of the Core in action this Friday, Art History major Sam Broadbent CC ‘20 told reporters he was able to calculate exactly how long he had to stay on the phone with his mother before asking for more money applying the back-of-the-envelope calculation skills he learned in Frontiers of Science.

Broadbent, during 35 minutes of sustained pleasantries, reportedly could not believe how unreasonable the guy at the toll booth on the way back from Jersey had been either, and agreed that the new teak furniture was “so Dad”—before requesting that his mother deposit money into his checking account.

“Using what I gained in FroSci I could easily estimate the amount of time I’d have to stay on the line before popping the Q,” said Broadbent. “As I’d been taught, I quickly identified and began measuring variables, such as the number of times my mom said, ‘Mary from the PTA is an insufferable witch who can’t tell hummus from baba ganoush.’ These variables were crucial to my gauging her willingness to give me money in as little time as possible without seeming rude.”  

“We at the Department couldn’t be happier,” said Roosevelt Montás, Director of the Center for the Core Curriculum. “This is exactly the kind of extracurricular demonstration of back-of-the-envelope calculations we want our students to employ.” Montás says arts students have also reportedly used the Core’s science requirements to find the maximum surface area of a mole before it needs to get checked out, and to estimate the number of empty wine bottles that can fit into a 100 square foot John Jay single.

At press time, Broadbent’s mother expressed surprise that it took her son more than 30 minutes to ask for money this time, before staring blankly at her credit card statement and taking a long sip of red wine.