Worst Case Scenario

Eileen Sabrina Herman, Editor-in-Chief

Last week in the Worst Case Scenario, we discussed a few awesome professors. Now let’s go to the opposite end of the spectrum.

Imagine if Harvey Dent were a professor at Case Western Reserve University. Sure, he looks nice some days. He interacts with students outside of class as if they are old friends. He is a generally nice guy, but just like Two-Face, he can lull you into a false sense of security, despite his extreme ugliness.

Then, you go to class.

Boom! All of a sudden he (or she) morphs into a wretched, satanic professor of evil. He doesn’t care that your homework was ten minutes late because your mother just died. He enjoys asking questions that were never in the book, and in fact have nothing to do with the course at all, and they count for credit. He is just mean.

The evil professor is someone who deserves a statue in his honor (preferably with the professor himself sealed inside for 100 years, until the next generation of unwitting students need to seal him away again in some kind of insane ritual).

Maybe I’m exaggerating a little, but we all have known those professors who live to make our lives a little bit more difficult. They do the “two hours of material in one hour” kind of exams. They give pop quizzes to ensure attendance, but then count them for class credit. They decide from the day they meet you “what kind of student” you are. They would kill small animals to have something to experiment on.

This particular strain of professor is the Grinch of CWRU. His heart is two sizes too small – and his pants probably are as well, which would explain his disposition. I’m going to have to be generic so they can’t find me, but I’m sure the CWRU Memes Facebook page can point you in all the right directions for professors to avoid, unless (to your dismay) you need to take their class in order to graduate. In that case, there is no hope for you, unless they happen to retire.

Professor Dent is something that every student has to deal with if they want to get their degree. If they can’t handle it, they may even be forced to change their major.