No Bill Nye Tho
I assume I heard about Bill Nye coming to Williams much the same as everyone else: taped above my favorite urinal on campus (Schow basement, shhh) was a black-and-white 8.5” by 11” piece of paper proclaiming that Bill Nye, the possibly-dead-but-not-really Science Guy, was coming to speak on Thursday, October 11!
Mr. (Dr?) Nye has enjoyed a resurgence ever since he came out of retirement/rumored death to do battle with the hostile forces of creationism who are trying to unravel all he taught us in those awesome videos we all watched in middle school science class. I couldn’t wait to meet the guy that I imagine actually thinks like the parody Twitter account @Bill_Nye__Tho…
But something seemed amiss: there was no trace of the Science Guy in daily messages or WSO, no wider publicity campaign, and no chance the chem. department would schedule a huge event the morning of a ball-busting genetics prelim. Here’s how the hullabaloo played out on the Twitterz:
Bill Nye coming to Williams on Thursday? Genetics can wait a few hours.
— Gabe Stephens (@gabe22221) October 9, 2012
Bill Nye the Science Guy is coming to Williams! Ahhhhhh!
— Jackie Lane (@jackielane999) October 9, 2012
Bill Nye is coming to Williams?!?!?! #dreamscometrue
— Eirann Cohen (@EirannCohen) October 9, 2012
Confusion reigned as the chem. department launched a search-and-destroy operation against the posters, with some people still believing (wanting to believe?) the night before the “event.”
Bill Nye is coming to Williams?? Finally a speaker I can get excited about.
— alex sera (@alexsera) October 10, 2012
Did @Bill_Nye__Tho fuel the fire with this cryptic tweet?
guess what now Im a tornado i’m coming fer ur house lol GET THE FUCK UP ITS SCIENCE TIME
— BILL NYE THO (@Bill_Nye__Tho) October 10, 2012
Alas, many a dream was dashed (mine included) when the chem. department gave it to us straight:
— alex sera (@alexsera) October 11, 2012
It’s unclear who perpetrated this filthy act, but clearly they know that Williams is primarily composed of science nerds/Bill Nye fan boys. I, for one, drowned my feelings by building a terrarium.