William The Coroner’s Forensic Files

Tuesday, 28, July, 2009

Where’s A Clue-by-four When You Need It?

Filed under: People who need pianos dropped on them,Teaching — williamthecoroner @ 09:18

If you have made an appointment with a professor, and you are in the professor’s office talking to him, and you’re phone rings, you should probably let it go to voice mail. Interrupting the professor, even a happy fun professor like Dr. Zeus will antagonize him, and your interaction will, inevitably degrade. As a corollary, if you’re in a hole, stop digging. This useful life lesson brought to you by your local university faculty.


  1. I’m sure that you’d never do this but I must add this for the (hopefully few) professors out there who might, do and did as I speak from the experience of an absolutely exasperated grad student, who thankfully is now no longer a grad student:

    MACKRELMINT– I agree that it is incumbent on both the student and the professor to be professional. I would hope that a professor, who is older, would have the life experience and maturity to be professional. After all, there are such things as being old enough to know better and modeling the proper behaviour for your students. WtC

    Comment by mackrelmint — Tuesday, 28, July, 2009 @ 18:02 | Reply

  2. I’d have thrown him/her out… I have no patience with people who do that. If I’m meeting with someone and my cell rings, it goes to VM.

    Comment by Old NFO — Thursday, 30, July, 2009 @ 00:17 | Reply

  3. After suffering the indignity of my cellphone ringing in a first-day-of-class lecture (given by a prof I idolized, who immediately called me out), I turn the damn thing off before meetings. Sometimes I remember to turn it back on afterward. Voicemail works just as well if the power’s off, and one doesn’t irritate anyone else.

    Comment by bluntobject — Wednesday, 19, August, 2009 @ 23:40 | Reply

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