An LA Times article about a computer science school perpetuates negative stereotypes about people who study computer science:
"I don't think anybody has enough fun at Neumont -- it's a bunch of people addicted to sitting in their mom's basement playing World of Warcraft and drinking Dr Peppers," said Murray, who himself was drinking a can of Dr Pepper at 8 a.m. on a Friday.
He might have a point. Instead of Mardi Gras, students hold Nerdi Gras, a video game party featuring "nothing that would ever happen at Mardi Gras," according to organizer Keith McIff. And though the student commons doesn't have couches or fast food (or for that matter, any hot food at all), it does have a "Star Trek" pinball machine, a pingpong table and a flat-screen TV frequently hooked up to Nintendo's Super Smash Bros. Brawl.
Some of Neumont's female students, who make up about 5% of the 266 enrolled this year, are on a mission to get their peers to tune in to the world around them. In October, one posted a message on Neumont's Web forums protesting what she called "offensive odors."
"The truth is there are people in this school who just don't smell pleasant at all," she wrote.
If you become a computer programmer, you will have to work with these people. See my post on why a career in computer programming sucks.
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And if you think maybe that a quality school like MIT attracts less nerdy individuals, then read this story about the WoW Pod, invented by MIT students. It has everything you need to play World of Warcraft in a pod: computer, food, and toilet, so you never have to leave the game in order to take food or bathroom breaks.