Adventures in the Academy

30 Aug

Brad DeLong had an exciting first week class experience over at Berkeley:

“The 210a students are waiting for you.”


“Economics 210a. The students. They are waiting for you. In Evans 608-7.”

“But 210a is in the spring!”

“There are seventeen 210a students waiting for you in Evans 608-7 right now.”

It turns out that when we in the Economics Department moved 210a from the fall to the spring semester, we never told the registrar. So students who relied on the schedule of classes rather than the Economics Department gossip vine thought 210a starts today.

And one of Prof. Delong’s reader’s shares this story:

In my youth, at a certain midwestern university . . .

The building maintenance people had, weirdly, put a number on every single door in the new physical science building, not merely the classrooms . . .

The registrar’s office didn’t quite grasp what building maintenance had done . . .

And that’s how my Calculus I class came to be scheduled to meet in the men’s bathroom . . .

(Insert scatological and mathematically themed quip here.)



2 Responses to “Adventures in the Academy”

  1. Quixote September 2, 2007 at 2:57 am #

    It gives one ample opportunity to explore applications of Bernoulli Equation partial derivatives during flushing…

    That’s all I got. My calculus humor is weak sauce today.

  2. paxamericana September 2, 2007 at 10:20 pm #

    Yeah well, I’m so lazy I didn’t even bother to think of one. And yours is quite good anyway (I never took enough calculus to come up with good math jokes).

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