Pop Quiz

Pop Quiz: Sooo…hungry!!!

A lot of the classes I teach are at night. I mean really at night.  Sometimes I don’t get out of work until after 10 pm.  This means that these classes can start right at the dinner hour or during the long evening hours when people are tired. In an effort to try and keep the class awake I allow drinks and food in the class.  However, I always clarify that drinks must have lids and food must be in snack form.

The other night about three minutes before class began I had a student trod into class with a very large bag of food. He sat down at his tiny desk and began opening his buffet. I looked at him in disgust when he started to lay out the huge hamburger, chicken nuggets, fries, and apple pie on his desk. Okay maybe not disgust more like I was salvating since I do not get to eat dinner before class. However, I think this is amazingly disrespectful to the other students so I told him to go out in the hall and eat it.  His response was:

“What..you said we could eat in here.”

So I clarified the rules once more that when I said food I meant snacks. Guess what his reply was?  Yes, you guessed right if you guessed:

“This is a snack.”

Needless, to say I told him to get out and eat it in the hall.

What are your rules for food in the classroom? Would you call the buffet above a snack or is this just an obstinate student?

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*If that’s a hamburger in Korea where is my plane ticket?!?!

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JoDee is an adjunct faculty instructor of astronomy and physics at various colleges around her hometown in the midwest. When she is not trying to get her cat, Pixel, off of her laptop she is observing variable stars and researching black holes.


  1. July 27, 2014 at 1:33 am —

    I had a graduate seminar once where a student brought several dishes of Chinese take-out to every class. Come on, people!

  2. July 27, 2014 at 5:33 am —

    I hate people who try rules lawyering. Obviously your rule is meant to accomodate for the need of people to eat something and the need of the class to be able to learn without undue distractions. Trying to game your rule is definitely disrespectful.
    Also, that is a MEAL. There’s no way in which something with approximately 1200 calories qualifies as a snack.
    I teach from 6-9, but it’s two classes with different people, so the one person who gets really hungry is me. 5 pm is just too early for me to have supper and too late for lunch. I usually chew/suck a few sweeties to keep sugar in the system because I have a habit of fainting. Not something I want to do in front of class.

  3. July 27, 2014 at 2:25 pm —

    Sometimes I get the distinct sense that rules-lawyering and system-gaming are the only things certain students ever actually master in school.

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