I was hanging out with some friends the other night and one of them showed me a chain of Angel emails (Penn State’s course management system). Thanks to Chad (who forwarded this hilarious specimen to me) I am able to post it on this blog. It is both sad and hilarious, very much like this situation.
Disclaimer: All names and identifying information has been removed from the following, everything thing else is verbatim to the original text.
A student gets on our course management system for an Astronomy 001 class and sends a mass email to everyone in the class. He thinks he is clever enough to delete the professor’s email out of the list, but professors can see any mass email messages. Here is the message from the student:
Hey, just throwing this out there for everyone. I bought every homework and test from a kid down here at the end of last year. So to try to get some of my money back because it was pretty expensive, I’m going to see if anyone in here wants to buy them from me. It’s every homework and every test from last semester. All the homeworks have the answers I believe, and the tests have about 90% of the right answers. He had the tests and homeworks from the semester before him and said everything was like 98% the exact same. So if anyone is interested let me know. Sorry to bother those who aren’t.
Most of you are saying to yourselves, “wow, I can’t believe he sent this to the whole class.” I’m not sure if any students responded, but the professor (who can read all the mass emails) certainly did…to the entire class:
Dear Hilarious But Mostly Sad,
I am disappointed and dismayed that you would send a message like this to the class. It is a violation of the honor code to do this, and so I plan to raise this matter with my department head and the university academic integrity committee. Moreover, Please come to see me immediately after class on Wednesday morning at my office.
Uh oh. Someone’s in trouble. Let’s face it here, the kid had it coming. The most hilarious part of this whole situation is what another individual in the class wrote in yet another mass email after reading what the perpetrator and the professor wrote. Here comes the proverbial icing on the cake, the cherry on top, the spoonful of sugar. Here it is:
OMG DUDE U GOT OOOOOWWWWWWWWNNNNNENEEEEEEEDDDDDDDDDDDDDD!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! seriously how dumb can you be?!
I maintain that college is the most hilarious thing I’ve ever experienced. The amount of side-splitting situations that occur here is insane. I probably laughed for five minutes straight after hearing about this story. I even cried a little as a result from laughing so hard.
The great thing about technology is that it is easy to catch the people that do this kind of thing.