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Wow! Meet the Remarkable Math 114 TA Who Only Slept Through Three of His Recitations!


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"I hate DRL so much more than Huntsman," noted Ivan Vishnevsky at 8:15 a.m., groggily overcoming a hangover to arrive at the Math 114 recitation he has to reluctantly teach. "Sometimes I actually arrive on time. Other times, I wake up at like 11 a.m. and completely miss the recitation. Shit happens; I don't know what to tell you guys."

That's right: this one-of-a-kind teacher, mentor, and inspirational education icon has only slept through THREE of his recitations. 

In the past two years, Vishnevsky has received satisfactory ratings of 3.00 and 2.95 out of 4.00 on Penn Course Review, thus becoming the 56th highest rated TA at Penn.

Vishnevsky notes that the greatest feeling is knowing that his students were able to score a couple points higher on the exam because he accidentally gave them one of the questions. "The key is mentorship," noted Vishnevsky proudly, as he mistakenly added eight points to a student's exam after calculating the total incorrectly.

"He literally did the bare minimum required to be a TA. Nothing more, nothing less," noted one of Vishnevsky's pupils. "Did he mentor me? What? No, he just did problems on a white board for an hour every week; what the hell are you guys talking about?"

This student proceeded to get a C- in the class.