* Is it me, or do the most boring teachers on everyone’s roster seem to show up ten minutes before class is supposed to begin and then start teaching immediately? In addition to starting before the scheduled time, these teachers always find a way to fill up every nanosecond of possible class time! How do they do it?
* Have you ever wondered why Paley Library seems to be a hotbed for campus crime, particularly the second and third floors? Every week, the Temple News Crime Report seemingly features at least one incident in the library, usually involving someone falling asleep and having items such as a cell phone or a textbook stolen. My theory: the last place people would expect crime to take place is in the library; hence, the extraordinary number of incidents occurring there.
* Remember the old WALK/DON’T WALK signs that could often be found in tandem with traffic lights at many intersections throughout Philadelphia? They’ve been replaced with signs that show a red hand (DON’T WALK) and a person supposedly crossing a street (WALK). Can’t anybody read anymore? Is this a continuation of the dumbing down of America?
* Einstein of the Week Award: Speaking of dumbing down, I overheard a conversation on a bus recently where a student (presumably in high school) seemed somewhat indifferent of the fact that she had received three “D’s,” one “C,” and one “A.” Sure, this achievement is fine for the bonus round of “Wheel of Fortune,” but when did a pathetic, putrid performance like this become a great accomplishment in school?
Jared Byrd can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.