Academic Freedom Note: County Sheriff interrupts Class

If this sort of incident wasn’t really far more average than we would like to believe, it would be even more amazing.  Even for the jaded amongst us…well, what can I say?

At around 9:20, a half hour before the class’s scheduled 9:50 end time, Sheriff Kevin C. Larkin, dressed in a trenchcoat, opened the door to Prof. Glass’s classroom. According to one student attending the class that night, Max Grindlinger, “[Larkin] said, ‘Michael, can I see you for a minute?” 

According to Buckley, Grindlinger and another student, Diane Walker, Sheriff Larkin and Prof. Glass had a roughly three-minute conversation outside of MS 205. No one overheard the conversation. The two then reentered the classroom, Prof. Glass introduced Sheriff Larkin and apologized for “making disparaging comments” about the Sheriff. 

“[He] gives an apology while Sheriff Larkin is standing no less than six inches from him,” said Grindlinger.

Both Buckley and Grindlinger report Sheriff Larkin as saying, “This isn’t over,” on his way out of the classroom. According to Buckley, Larkin’s aide, who was waiting outside the classroom, said as the classroom door was closing, “You’re a terrible teacher, you should get your facts from a book.”

I know what I can say: this is fantastic journalistic writing from a student reporter, for a community college paper. Somebody needs to option this kid’s first job now; Dmitry Gurvits should be headed straight for the shattered ruins of print journalism – maybe he can make it better with more stories like this one.

LAW AND DISORDER: County Sheriff interrupts class – News.


"Oh Snap!" Somebody Got Told, Vol. 1

This lovely flowchart may be of use to those who find it difficult to know the appropriate moments at which to say, ‘Snap!’, or its variant, “Oh, Snap!”

Sure, we all know that it’s something you say when a person nearby was just humiliated, proven desperately wrong, or smacked in the face. But is that enough?

I didn’t think so, so I’ve culled a few examples from recent news stories. You decide: “Snap!”, or “No Snap!”?

  1. Heard of Argus? Neither (so he claims) has Marc Bousquet, whose excellent How The University Works should be required reading for all new and aspirant faculty. He was just invited to be an informer on his colleagues and fellow workers, ratting them out for their politics and teaching. He wasn’t amused, but his post is deeply amusing. One short snippet:”Every time I catch someone who thinks we should all have health care, I get a prize, working all the way up to a flying broomstick!”

    Snap or No Snap?

  2. The National Human Rights Commission of Thailand has announced that the Cambodian ‘theft’ of Preah Vihear should be considered a serious violation of human rights. Andrew Walker has the smack-down:”The National Human Rights Commission of Thailand has taken leave of it senses….There are many important human rights issues to be addressed in Thailand. This is not one of them.”

    Snap or No Snap?

  3. Sam Rainsy objects that he lost the election in Cambodia. He was the only person surprised about this. I’m sure that there was intimidation and vote-buying (it was an election, after all), but to complain that the entire election was stolen? DetailsAreSketchy reports on the European Union’s smackdown. See also KJE’s post, “He Just Doesn’t Get It.” You want to see real electoral corruption? Just wait a few months and pay attention to the USA. Or watch this documentary.

    Snap or No Snap?

  4. After thousands in Milwaukee rioted over food vouchers, Raj Patel calls down the smackdown on those who were surprised about it, titling his post “Spank me and call me Cassandra!“:”Were we perhaps expecting the event to come to us pre-labelled?”

    Snap or No Snap?

  5. George Orwell’s diaries are going to be serialized on wordpress, thanks to the Orwell Trust, Political Quarterly, and the Media Standards Trust.No smackdown there – yet. Keep reading those diaries, though, and you’re certain to read a few.