Tuesday, April 22, 2008

the lunch nazi

So one of my friends and I were sitting in the atrium at school from about 11-1 earlier today.  She remarked that, she brought lunch, but wasn't hungry.  So she decided to heat up her lunch at about 1:15 and take it to class with her.

As a much more considerate person that I could ever be, she asked her fellow students if eating her hot tasty lunch in class would be a problem.  Since she's not the person whose food smells like burnt hair whenever it's put in the microwave, they all agreed. 

The professor comes in, though, and tells her that she is not allowed to eat in class.  The reason?

It's against law school rules to eat in class.

Now, you would think that, after two years, one semester, and 13 weeks of law school, we would know if eating in class was against law school rules.  After my friend told me this, I went so far as to peruse the law school rules posted on the law school's website.  And wouldn't you know, there's absolutely NOTHING about the consumption of food in class being verboten.

I understand that it's the professor's prerogative whether to govern what is or is not allowed in his classroom.  I just have a really big problem with the professor not having the cajones to tell students not to do something in his class, and instead resorting to flat-out lying by saying that the law school rules prohibit something that they clearly do not address (or, if they do, then it's not posted in a place where students can easily access them).   

In any event, classes are over next week...and then we can eat wherever we darn well please.



At 3:47 PM, Blogger Kevin Lomax said...

I made the mistake of taking a class over at Grainger in the real UW this semester. All the doors have signs stating that the UW administrative code forbids beverages and food in all classrooms. This is probably what she/he/it was referring to. Nobody follows this rule. Even the professor has a soda bottle in the room every class.

At 6:26 PM, Blogger Dangerous Mind said...

Oddly enough, the professor in question brings a mug full of something to every class. So if he were really referring to that rule, you'd think he'd be practicing what he's preaching.

And I find it odd that the UW Administrative Code warning doesn't appear on the law school building, when it's the same Administrative Code that forced the cancellation/moving of this year's WLSA wine tasting, PILF Chili Cook-Off, or any number of bake sales because they involved the sale of food or alcohol.

At 9:26 PM, Blogger Kevin Lomax said...

Selective enforcement. The bane of discretion.

At 12:13 PM, Anonymous Rachel said...

Just thought you'd like to know, today one of my professors, knowing that her class is at noon and today is in conflict with a law school end of the year party, told student she would hold off starting class if any students wanted to go grab some of the free food provided by the group sponsoring the party. Rule? What Rule?


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