If you've ever wondered about the real meaning behind college student tattoos, how many deaths occur in the average horror film or the popularity of singer Pat Green vs. the Beatles, you might want to drop by the fourth floor of Texas A&M's Blocker Building Tuesday evening or Wednesday (Dec. 10-11).

There in Room 448 you will find more than 60 posters that answer various statistical questions posed during instructor Jessica Fried's Statistics 302 class. Questions range from the serious to the humorous, but all are researched and have been class projects for months, Fried explains.

"Each semester, students form groups and they select a topic to do statistical research, and the results are interesting and very often surprising," Fried says. "I thought it would be a nice opportunity for everyone to see their hard work."

Some poster topics: "Do Students Who Ride Their Bikes on Campus Have a Higher GPA?"; "Grade Classification Vs. Number of Classes Skipped"; and "Forty Years of Horror: Movie Deaths Over the Decades."

Also, "Comparison of Explosions in Action Movies from 1980s and 1990s"; "What Percent of Texas A&M Students Watch 'Friends' Regularly?"; "Which is the Cheesier Decade - the 1980s or 1990s?"; "What Percentage of Aggies Drive Maroon Cars?"; and "Films' Usage of 4-Letter Words as a Function of Year."

Posters will be displayed from 5 to 7 p.m. Tuesday and from 2 until 5 p.m. Wednesday, with winners receiving cash awards, Fried said.


Contact: Keith Randall, Reporter/Writer, Texas A&M University - University Relations; (979) 845-4644; kr@univrel.tamu.edu.

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Randall Keith