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Keep calm and wait three minutes

I’m sitting in my 8 am class, anxiously waiting for my professor to finish her lecture. The clock strikes 8:47, when all of the sudden I hear rustling from all over the classroom, along with zippers being opened and books being slammed closed. I finally look around to investigate what’s happening and I realize everyone is packing up. My professor is still talking, yet here everyone is, putting all their things away while being extremely loud and rude.

There are only three minutes left, can’t you wait? People who enjoy the class or maybe respect their teacher can’t hear what she’s saying because you can’t wait three single solitary minutes.

Seriously. It's all gonna be okay. Just chill out and wait. Photo from keepcalmandposters
Seriously. It’s all gonna be okay. Just chill out and wait. Photo from keepcalmandposters

This has always been a pet peeve of mine. Not only because it’s annoying, but also because I feel bad for the professors who are still trying to get the material in with the small time they have left. It’s disrespectful not only to the professors, but also to the other students who crave to hear what’s being said in the last three minutes of class.

I understand that, maybe you hate this class and you can’t wait to leave it, you have a class right after this one and need to be quick, or that you simply don’t care about other people, but what’s the true difference between packing up three minutes before class ends or right when class ends? It takes you 15 seconds to put all of your things away. 15 seconds that could be spent after the teacher says we can go. I don’t care if you are dying to get out of class. It’s a matter of respect, to the other students as well as the professor, and if you want the professor to respect you and then you should show respect in return.

Bottom line friends, just wait until class is over. I promise, it won’t kill you or make you late. It’ll probably help you in the long run if you need help with an assignment or desperately need an extension. Respect goes a long way, in every endeavor you wish to achieve, so you might as well start now. You never know how many events you’ll have to suffer through in the future, so learning how to respectfully get through them now will only help you down the line.

Five great things about Radford University

Some students complain about Radford University, but the truth of the matter is RU’s got good qualities too. Here are five reasons why you should love RU.

1.) The class sizes are small, especially for a public college.

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McConnell Library is one of the great resources available to students at Radford. Photo by Samantha Rorke.

Yes, we all know this. RU touts it on its Incoming Students page. But still, it’s worth remembering. Small class sizes are nice because you don’t have to compete with 800 other students in order to get one-on-one help from a professor. Continue reading Five great things about Radford University

From our perspective: The best and worst classes at RU

We’ve all had those classes that are less than satisfactory. There are the classes where you have to drink a venti Starbucks coffee before attending (even though it’s in the middle of the afternoon), or the classes you spend texting and tweeting, counting the minutes until you’re dismissed. Last, but definitely not least, there are the classes you love and wish you could retake just for fun. Continue reading From our perspective: The best and worst classes at RU

From our perspective: Student evaluations need to be re-evaluated

It’s that time again, when we evaluate our professors with the hope of giving constructive criticism on teaching styles, assignments and the general use of class time, but semester after semester nothing changes. It’s really frustrating to see those comments and advice fall by the wayside because our professors are so stuck in their ways or just plain lazy, and there isn’t anybody checking up on those professors to make sure those comments were taken to heart. Continue reading From our perspective: Student evaluations need to be re-evaluated

From our perspective: Professors should be held accountable

Professors should follow their own rules. Graphic by Alex Morgan.

At the beginning of the semester, we have to sign course contracts in most of our classes. These contracts outline the rules of the classroom, including attendance policies, office hours and exam information. Students are expected to follow these rules or else they won’t pass the class. But what happens when professors don’t follow the rules? We at Whim feel that our professors should be held accountable for upholding their end of the course contract and should treat their students with respect.

To start, attendance policies should apply to everyone in the class, including professors. Some of us have had professors who, if going by their own attendance policy, would’ve failed their own class due to poor attendance. Skipping class without notifying your students gives us two ideas: the first being that it’s OK if we skip class without notifying you, and second that what you teach can’t be that important if you don’t feel the need to show up. Obviously emergencies happen and occasionally a good professor will have to miss a class without notifying his or her students beforehand, but when this happens frequently we’re pretty sure it’s a sign of an irresponsible professor.

Some of us have noticed that professors have had problems keeping their office hours. There’s nothing more frustrating than crossing campus to track down a professor just to realize they bailed on their office hours. It isn’t always convenient for us to make it to the office hours they set. So when we miss another obligation to meet with them at a time that’s supposedly more convenient for them, it’s extremely annoying when they don’t show up. We understand that our professors are busy, but it’s not like we sit around and do nothing. Many of us have multiple jobs, leadership positions in organizations and plenty of other classwork. Please be courteous to your students and be there when you’re supposed to be. The only thing more frustrating is when you make an appointment with them during those office hours and they forget about it.

When professors have an assignment due or give an exam or a quiz in class, they–understandably–expect us to show up on time and know the material. This isn’t too much to ask of us. But we feel that if we show up and take the exam on time, why can’t professors return our exams in a timely fashion? If we hold up our end of the bargain, why can’t they fulfill their part and give us our grades back quickly? We don’t show up for a quiz and say, “Oh, sorry, I forgot to study. I’ll be ready for it next week–let’s do it then.” Therefore professors shouldn’t show up to class and say, “Oh, sorry, I forgot to grade your exams. I’ll have them ready next week–I’ll bring them in then.” When a professor says they will give something back to us by a certain date, they should give it back to us by that date. It’s nice to know how we’re doing in a class and what we need to improve on, and we can’t do that if you don’t give us our assignments and exams back.

We don’t think we’re asking too much of our professors–just that they be held to the same standard that they ask of us. If you don’t take your class seriously, we won’t take it seriously either; we shouldn’t have to.

 

Please give us the day after Halloween off

Photo courtesy of Gini May.

I can’t speak for everyone when I say this, I went to school in Maryland so I’m sure the procedures are different, but from elementary to high school we always got the day after Halloween off. They would say some b.s. about it being the end of the grading period or whatever, but we always got it off. Now that we are in college and going to parties all weekend, wouldn’t it have been nice to sleep in Monday?

Maybe they don’t give us the day off for this exact reason, to try to persuade us not to drink and party on Sunday (which was actually Halloween day). But do they think that Halloween is going to stop just because we have class? They have heard of thirsty Thursday, right? I’m not saying we need every Friday off, but the Monday after Halloween doesn’t seem like too much to ask.

We don’t get Martin Luther King day off. We don’t get Columbus day off. Heck, I’m surprised we get Christmas off! So would one day really be too much to ask? It’s not like we’re at our prime learning potential when we have to fight to keep our eyes open and our heads up trying to listen to what the teacher says. And as for the ones who couldn’t make it to class today, let’s cut them a break and just let it slide because heck, it was Halloween.

This doesn’t just affect the students either. Many professors have young children who like to go out and Trick-or-Treat. I’m sure they wouldn’t mind being able to sleep in a few hours after walking miles and miles to get all the candy they possibly can for their children. They were up all night and now they have to not only have a lesson plan prepared, but they have to be bright and cheery for their less than attentive students.

For those students who didn’t go out and didn’t Trick-or-Treat, well wouldn’t you like a day off from classes too? I know I love it whenever I get an e-mail from a teacher saying we don’t have class for whatever reason. It makes my day so much better than it was before. Don’t we all deserve a little happiness as we’re trying to avoid loud noises, sudden movements and sunlight?

The day after Halloween weekend should be a Radford University instated holiday; we deserve a little time to recuperate before we have to start doing work again. If we got this day off, we could actually get some sleep and maybe even accomplish something during the rest of the week. But going from tired to exhausted by the time Friday rolls around just means we won’t be able to resist the temptation of sleeping in until 3 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday, thus forcing us to be unproductive bums.

Yes, we all make bad decisions and we should be held accountable for them, but couldn’t someone give us a break for the decisions we make over Halloween weekend?

Photo by Austin Tuley.