Oliver made this class less pleasant for me. He's not a bad guy, but just really, really frustrating. He always ended discussion with, "Well, there's a lot I wanted to get to but we never got there...so...yeah." Okay, solution - stop letting people ramble about their own political affiliations and actually lead discussion section! His comments/reviews of any work or proposals were helpful, but were unnecessarily harsh. Several times he wrote things like "awkward" or "not really" or "great ideas, but bad presentation." I'm sure that Oliver would have been a GREAT TA if he had spent more time clarifying subject material and invoking topic specific discussion rather than letting students talk vaguely about their feelings, their grandmother's feelings, or why they feel Reagan is so cool. Not helpful.