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Tickets go on sale Monday morning for Bill Nye speech

Students wait in line outside the Memorial Hall Box Office Monday morning to buy tickets to Bill Nye. Tickets started being sold at 10 a.m. with the line consistently stretching almost to Peabody. It is expected that the tickets will sell out today.
Students wait in line outside the Memorial Hall Box Office Monday morning to buy tickets to Bill Nye. Tickets started being sold at 10 a.m. with the line consistently stretching almost to Peabody. It is expected that the tickets will sell out today.

Think back to your childhood science classes, and you might recall an episode of “Bill Nye the Science Guy” about heat transfer. Nye taught kids that cold things still have heat, but their molecules are moving more slowly.

Juniors Ricky Kong, Chris Rota and Nicolas Merritt were reminded of that lesson as they spent a cold and mostly sleepless night camping out to be first in line for tickets to see their favorite scientist.

“Bricks are not an ideal sleeping surface,” said Rota, a biology major.

Their sacrifice paid off — they were able to reserve the entire front row for Nye’s speech at Memorial Hall on Nov. 7.

Starting at midnight, the three braved the elements without a tent after campus police told them it was against University policy to use one.

As the box office opened at 10 a.m., the line stretched along Cameron Drive to the front of Peabody Hall.

Chairs, blankets and board games sprinkled the line as students hunkered down for the wait.

At 1 p.m., the line still was backed up all the way to the front of Phillips Hall.

The last of the 1,400 tickets was sold at 1:30 p.m., leaving more than 40 waiting students without a ticket, said Jenny Kreizman, assistant manager of the box office.

All of the $10 student tickets had been sold, meaning no tickets will be available to the general public, Kreizman said. Tickets for the general public would have gone on sale for $20 on Nov. 1.

Students in line said the enthusiasm for Nye is not surprising given the popularity of his quirky science demonstrations from his old show. “Bill Nye the Science Guy” aired from 1993 to 1998.

“I think I speak for a lot of people when I say that he was a big part of our childhood, so it would be a shame not to see him when he’s here,” Rota said.

Several students said the fanfare surrounding Nye is due to his ability to turn what some consider a mundane subject into a fun and interesting one.

“His show and my high school (biology) teacher got me into science,” said Merritt, an exercise and sport science major.

The three said they hope Nye will conduct a science experiment at his speech to serve as a reminder to the more entertaining side to science some textbooks leave out.

“Chem and bio kill us here, so he’ll remind us that science is actually fun,” Rota said.

Contact the desk editor at university@dailytarheel.com.

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