Comedy builds ENG community

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Comic Myq Kaplan made engineering jokes (Photo: Eric Miller)
Comic Myq Kaplan made engineering jokes (Photo: Eric Miller)

More than 120 engineering students gathered for an evening of laughter and frozen treats made with liquid nitrogen at the College’s first Comedy Night at the Photonics Center.

Undergraduate and graduate students from all the departments attended the Feb. 2 event for the comics, the funfair-style menu and demonstrations. Featuring professional comic and BU graduate student Myq Kaplan, the event was free and open to all ENG students and their guests.

“It was really good,” said Lauren Varona (AME ’08). “The comedians made engineering jokes and most students could relate to them.”

 The idea for a comedy night grew out of a conversation with an ENG student advisor, said Karen Shaffer, the assistant director for events and special programs in the Undergraduate Programs Office. “It seemed like a great way to connect with students and enhance community building,” she said.

Toward the end of the night, students from the ENG student government, with graduate teaching assistant Guy Thompson, demonstrated some experiments with liquid nitrogen. Blending together sugar and cream, they froze it with liquid nitrogen to make ice cream. They also froze ping pong balls, a balloon and mini marshmallows. The menu also included popcorn, cotton candy and fried dough.

“The food was also good,” said junior Varona.

Shaffer said a cross-section of students attended. “It was a first for us and it was very successful,” she added.

Based on the student turnout and reaction, the Office of Undergraduate Programs is likely to repeat such events in the future, said Ruthie Jean, the associate director of Undergraduate Programs.

Students watched the making of frozen marshmallows with liquid nitrogen (Photo: Eric Miller)
Students watched the making of frozen marshmallows with liquid nitrogen (Photo: Eric Miller)