A classic professorial moment

Classes started up yesterday at the University of Chicago. I’m teaching two classes this term, one to undergraduates and one to Ph.D. students.

As I stood in front of the room looking over my notes as the last few students filed into class, one of the students approached me and pulled me aside, looking quite serious. Usually this means the student is concerned that he or she doesn’t have the appropriate prerequisites for the course and wants my assurance that he or she will still be able to understand the class.

This time, though, it was something different. “Professor,” he said, “You seem to have something on your pants.”

I looked down and realized that I had failed to notice, when putting on new pants my wife had given me for Christmas, that there was a huge black and white sticker that ran nearly the full length of my leg still stuck on the pants.

“New pants,” I said.

That student will definitely get an A in the class.


egretman

I thought he was going to tell you that you had forgotten your pants. Isn't that the common professor's nightmare?

ray

Don't feel bad, I was at a black tie party over the holidays and one of the women had a beautiful dress on with a large RFID security tag on the hem.

mrupert

Funny how you always appreciate this stuff, and yet it spares no embarassment. At least it wasn't a zipper issue...
--ftm

Andy from Houston

I would give the student an A+++ good communication, fast delivery!

snubgodtoh

You should consider washing new clothes before you wear them. Many reasons come to mind, but think of the possibility that an underwear-averse bohemian may have tried them on previously.

zbicyclist

from http://www.d.umn.edu/~molson2/mst3k/pants.html

TOM: [singing] Pants!

CROW: Pants!

TOM & CROW: Sing the praises of pants!

JOEL: Nothing better shows my taste
Than what I wear below my waist.

TOM: Say pants! Hoo hoo! Pants!

TOM & CROW: Sing the praises of pants!

TOM: They help me suck in my gut,
They always cover up my butt.
Pants!

CROW: Pants!

ALL: Sing the praises of pants!

JOEL: [speaking] That's right, ladies and gentlemen. Consider the pant. You know, the Pant Association urges you to wear your pants at least three times a day.

CROW: The great men of our time have all worn pants. Roosevelt, Churchill, de Gaulle, Ghandi -- well, almost all of them.

TOM: Dolphins. One of the smartest mammals on Earth. Do they wear pants? No, but they wish they did. That's how smart they are!

JOEL: What keeps our legs all warm and hot?

TOM & CROW: Pants!

CROW: What prevents a buffalo shot?
Pants!

TOM: What do they got that I ain't got?

JOEL: Pants.

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ramstone

All the kids nowadays leave the tags on anyway.

Four

Andy from Houston: I don't think any student want a grade that looks like Ebay feedback, even if it's A+++.

bogey4

I second snubgodtoh - you wore pants fresh out of the store? Yuck!

Andy from Houston

Four:

Thats the point.

ginquiry

Snubgodtoh and bogey4 - your issue is really only a problem if YOU don't wear underpants.

...Steven - I really enjoyed your story!

WillClark

My Business Law professor came to class one day with 6 HUGE clothes pins keeping his zipper closed. Needless to say, I don't think anyone remembers the topic of his lecture.

jyb

As an 8th grader I had a negative moment like that. I noticed my teacher had a mark on his forehead and so I approached him and told him about it. I was polite and I didn't do it in front of the class, which as an 8th grader is a pretty big step. He basically yelled at me and said something about Jesus and sins. I had no idea what he was talking about since I was/am an atheist. It wasn't until much later I found out what Ash Wednesday was. Unfortunately he missed a very teachable moment.

Lea

One of my friends did that last year! He thought a girl was checking him out and felt very good about himself until he noticed later in the day that there was a long sticker down the back of his leg. Your student may have spared you from a similar experience... hehehe...

hbdinwid

It's a conspiracy. That student, probably prepped by a previous student of yours, was told of your ability to give easy grades to those who find faults without bringing attention to them. You need to ask yourself, Where were those pants before you wore them to class? Were those pants in your possession at all times?

Princess Leia

I have 2 pairs of the same style shoe, as in "ohhh, how many colors do they come in?" One hectic January morning, I guess I arrived at school with a brown shoe on one foot and a black one on the other. Barely noticeable, really, except of course to a crowd of elementary school girls.

egretman

I thought he was going to tell you that you had forgotten your pants. Isn't that the common professor's nightmare?

ray

Don't feel bad, I was at a black tie party over the holidays and one of the women had a beautiful dress on with a large RFID security tag on the hem.

mrupert

Funny how you always appreciate this stuff, and yet it spares no embarassment. At least it wasn't a zipper issue...
--ftm

Andy from Houston

I would give the student an A+++ good communication, fast delivery!