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Fake Professor Scares Freshmen Class (Video)
Click Orlando ^ | Sep 09 2013

Posted on 09/09/2013 12:36:14 PM PDT by nickcarraway

Freshmen students at the University of Rochester may have had a terrifying start to their college career, courtesy of a prankster posing as their professor.

The video has quickly gone viral, approaching seven million views in just four days.

The prankster -- a member of the "Chamber Boys" radio program at the university -- showed up a few minutes early with a briefcase. He erases the chalkboard, writes the name of the real professor and addresses the class.

"I'm Dr. Hafensteiner and I'll be your professor for Chemistry 131," he tells the class.

The fake professor -- whose real name is "Patrick" -- uses his limited time to terrify freshmen students on the first day of class.

"This class is extremely hard," Patrick says. "Last year, 55 percent of this class failed."

Patrick asks those interested in going to medical school to stand up. When the majority of the class stands up, Patrick uses a visual demonstration to once again frighten the optimistic students.

"I need everyone in the left-hand section and the middle section to sit down," Patrick says.

"Take a look at the portion still standing," he says with about a quarter of the students still standing. "That's the portion of the people who will actually make it to medical school."

His demonstration is met with gasps and shouts of disbelief from the first-year students.

The fake professor continues his scare tactics, telling students there will be strict consequences for students who bring laptops or cell phones to class. One by one, the video editors highlight students quickly hiding their laptops.

Finally, as the fake professor is about to start class, the real professor walks in.

"Who the hell are you?" the real professor asks.

When Patrick realizes the jig is up, he grabs his briefcase and runs out of lecture hall as students react with shock and laughter.

After taking control of his class, the real professor jokes about the prank just pulled on the class.

"At least he had the hairline down," he says. "That guy is not Dr. H. I'm Dr. H."


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1 posted on 09/09/2013 12:36:14 PM PDT by nickcarraway
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To: nickcarraway

It’s probably all true though.


2 posted on 09/09/2013 12:42:32 PM PDT by wastedyears (One nation, under wub. Saints Row IV)
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To: nickcarraway

But I don’t get the joke. That’s pretty much how the Chemistry classes at my school actually worked ;-)


3 posted on 09/09/2013 12:43:29 PM PDT by JoeDetweiler
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To: wastedyears

It could be.


4 posted on 09/09/2013 12:43:53 PM PDT by Travis McGee (www.EnemiesForeignAndDomestic.com)
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To: nickcarraway

The real shock will come when the students find out that he told them the truth.


5 posted on 09/09/2013 12:43:59 PM PDT by twhitak
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To: twhitak

Under Obamacare, standards will have to be lowered. Otherwise there won’t be enough doctors to run his clinics vs. going into private practice.


6 posted on 09/09/2013 12:47:53 PM PDT by a fool in paradise (America 2013 - STUCK ON STUPID)
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To: JoeDetweiler

You can’t BS your way thru a chemistry class. Or other genuine science classes.


7 posted on 09/09/2013 12:48:08 PM PDT by Sherman Logan (Mark Steyn: "In the Middle East, the enemy of our enemy is also our enemy.")
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To: Travis McGee

Guy I went to HS with went to a big engineering school. Said the first day of class the prof (the real prof) looked at them and said ‘this is a weed class. the person on your right and the one on your left probably won’t make it to next semester’.

Sure enough, only about 40% of the class passed. Rest of them dropped it after the first test or just didn’t bother to take a second semester of torture.

My friend was a pretty sharp guy though and passed. However, he overslept for the final exam and arrived when most of the time period was already done. He quickly worked through his test and finished about 5m after the prof collected the papers. Took his paper to the front and the prof said ‘time’s up, you failed!’ with a smirk. Friend of mine said ‘do you know who I am? ‘ Prof said ‘of course not!’. Friend said ‘Good!’ and picked up about half of the stack of collected test papers, put his completed test in the stack and dropped the rest on top.

He made an A.


8 posted on 09/09/2013 12:48:15 PM PDT by Black Agnes
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To: nickcarraway
Take a look at the portion still standing,"....."That's the portion of the people who will actually make it to medical school.

Something like this happened to me my Freshman year, in my Engineering Physics class. Prof said, "Look to your left...not look to your right. Two of you will be gone by the end of the year."

He was off a little. We started with +/-140 students in EE, and graduated 38. Nearly all of them were weeded out in Freshman Physics and Calc. A handful got nailed in soft of the sophomore EE classes (I got a 'C' in Solid State Physics and declared victory....).

However .... when he gave this little speech, there were no shouts of disbelief. Might be the difference between students who earned their way through High School, and students who aged their way through High School?

9 posted on 09/09/2013 12:49:02 PM PDT by wbill
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To: Black Agnes

See my post #9. GMTA.


10 posted on 09/09/2013 12:49:38 PM PDT by wbill
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To: twhitak

Yup. Organic chemistry is another weed class.

By the time they get to Analytical chem or P chem most of the idiots and lazy people are gone.


11 posted on 09/09/2013 12:50:11 PM PDT by Black Agnes
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To: wbill

The tell is this...there’s only about 1/2 the number of chem 102 class sections the second semester. The rest of the kids are in the business school, some ‘studies’ department, or the education department by then...


12 posted on 09/09/2013 12:52:03 PM PDT by Black Agnes
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To: wbill

soft = some. #@%$@#$ speel chckr.


13 posted on 09/09/2013 12:52:04 PM PDT by wbill
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To: wbill

It’s widely known that most ‘scientifically’ inclined kids are told to either be a doctor or an engineer. Few of them, however, really have the horsepower for either of those careers. Most every freshman boy you meet is either a premed major or an engineering major. Very few of the seniors you meet are premed or engineering.


14 posted on 09/09/2013 12:53:22 PM PDT by Black Agnes
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To: Black Agnes
At my school too.... engineering weed-outs went into the business and education dept's, for the most part.

This says something significant, but I'm not sure what.

Not too many 'Studies' majors when I was in college. That's likely not the story any more, though.

15 posted on 09/09/2013 12:54:35 PM PDT by wbill
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To: Black Agnes

hmmm ... overslept for my Freshman BIO. same story. finished exam in 40% of the time period.

shows ya how fast ya can think when you have no choice.


16 posted on 09/09/2013 12:58:03 PM PDT by campaignPete R-CT (we're the Beatniks now)
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To: JoeDetweiler

Every professor makes some similar type of speech. It isnt anything profound, or some judgement on the intelligence of the people in the class that change majors. These days it seems more like an ego trip for the guy at the front of the class that isnt even working in the profession that they are teaching.

Sometimes you just find that that path isnt for you, and you find something better.


17 posted on 09/09/2013 12:59:03 PM PDT by VanDeKoik
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To: Black Agnes
Few of them, however, really have the horsepower for either of those careers

Yeah, no kidding. I'm an Electrical Engineer.

Haven't gotten a job within my major yet....and after 20 (cough30) I'm unlikely to. :-)

But, knowing how to physically and mentally handle the grind of required work was handy when I started my career in IT.

18 posted on 09/09/2013 12:59:09 PM PDT by wbill
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To: Black Agnes

That joke’s been around since I was a freshman in college more than 25 years ago.


19 posted on 09/09/2013 1:00:58 PM PDT by arbitrary.squid
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To: arbitrary.squid

We might know the same dude ;)

Sadly, my frosh class wasn’t large enough for any shenanigans. But the failure rate was about the same.


20 posted on 09/09/2013 1:01:47 PM PDT by Black Agnes
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To: wbill
Economics was a temporary stop over for many in my class. After Econometrics and firm theory they all bailed out to be journalism majors or poli-sci majors.

I stayed with Econ and wondered where every one went that semester.

21 posted on 09/09/2013 1:03:32 PM PDT by Jimmy Valentine (DemocRATS - when they speak, they lie; when they are silent, they are stealing the American Dream)
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To: Jimmy Valentine
:-)

"Journalism. Because Math Is Hard."

22 posted on 09/09/2013 1:04:57 PM PDT by wbill
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To: Black Agnes

The ones who will treat their patients like human beings have to be weeded out.


23 posted on 09/09/2013 1:05:13 PM PDT by nickcarraway
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To: nickcarraway
OMG that is so me.I once was in charge of an Auxiliary Guild that visited the hospital for injured Firemen.I was asked what to do when you arrive.We were making up food baskets.I stood in the front of the class and told them to walk in.Say the Firefighter’s name and say you are from the auxiliary Guild,walk up to them and give them a kiss.The woman gasp-hehehehe.We drove together and they pushed me up first when we got to the hospital.The first one was in isolation so I got off.The 2nd one was sitting up in bed and it was the next lady's turn.She told me the kiss part was going to be hard.She walked up to him and I told her I was just joking.
24 posted on 09/09/2013 1:07:30 PM PDT by fatima (Free Hugs Today :))
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To: nickcarraway

The ones who can’t figure dose per kilogram have to be weeded out too...


25 posted on 09/09/2013 1:09:44 PM PDT by Black Agnes
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To: nickcarraway

First week of engineering school, one of our calc professors said:

“Look left. Look right. Say good-bye to one of those people, because one of them won’t be here by the end of sophomore year, so you might as well get the good-byes out of the way now.”

He was right. Over 50% of the incoming class of over 900 people were gone from the school or had retreated into easier majors (like business, economics, finance, etc) by the end of the second year. Most of them were gone by the start of the second year, actually.

And... here’s the harder truth yet: There were almost NO engineering courses taught in the first two years. It was all physics, chemistry and calc/diffEQ the first two years. Yeah, for the EE’s there was a course on orbital mechanics that was really a class on using Lagrangians in physics, which would come in handy later in energy conversions, but the truth really was that there was precious little in the way of real electronics/electrical classes for the EE’s, or materials courses for the MechE’s, or chemical processes/etc for the ChemE’s in the first two years. We were all in the same classes together for the first two years.


26 posted on 09/09/2013 1:09:58 PM PDT by NVDave
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To: Black Agnes

Yup. Organic chemistry is another weed class.

By the time they get to Analytical chem or P chem most of the idiots and lazy people are gone.


That was 30 years ago and I still have nightmares about making it through.


27 posted on 09/09/2013 1:09:58 PM PDT by nesnah (Liberals - the petulant children of politics)
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To: nesnah

Organic chem was easy. It’s recipes.

And a big part of pchem is plug and chug.


28 posted on 09/09/2013 1:11:01 PM PDT by Black Agnes
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To: nickcarraway

I skinned-by for my BS-Chem.

CHM 131 was Freshamn Organic Chemistry.

Dr. H was telling them the truth.


29 posted on 09/09/2013 1:11:13 PM PDT by Cletus.D.Yokel (Catastrophic Anthropogenic Climate Alterations - The acronym explains the science.)
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To: nickcarraway

Kids today are such wimps... When I was in college, I had two real professors who gave a speech like this. Nobody even blinked.


30 posted on 09/09/2013 1:11:22 PM PDT by Driabrin
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To: wastedyears

CH 101 was a killer in my freshman year in 1960. It did weed out playboys and playgirls from the more serious science students.

Even more surprisingly, English 101 was as much of a killer course in those days.


31 posted on 09/09/2013 1:11:40 PM PDT by 353FMG ( I will not say whether I am serious or sarcastic -- I respect FReepers too much.)
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To: wbill

Didn’t know I had another handle on here. ;)
EE by degree, 20 yr computer software career.

Handshake.


32 posted on 09/09/2013 1:12:12 PM PDT by MrB (The difference between a Humanist and a Satanist - the latter admits whom he's working for)
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To: Black Agnes

Organic chem was easy. It’s recipes.


Stacks and stacks of 3x5 cards is all I remember.

75% of the folks in my PChem class (including me) sat there watching lectures with that Whiskey-Tango-Foxtrot look on our faces.


33 posted on 09/09/2013 1:12:57 PM PDT by nesnah (Liberals - the petulant children of politics)
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To: Jimmy Valentine

Not everyone has enough hands to be an economist...


34 posted on 09/09/2013 1:13:53 PM PDT by nickcarraway
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To: nesnah

Ah yes, the index card.

I’d forgotten those.

I had a friend who got one of the ‘honk if you passed pchem’ bumper stickers.


35 posted on 09/09/2013 1:14:05 PM PDT by Black Agnes
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To: Driabrin

“Mister Hart, here is a dime. Call your mother. Tell her there is serious doubt about your becoming a lawyer.”


36 posted on 09/09/2013 1:14:27 PM PDT by dfwgator
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To: Black Agnes

All you need to learn to be a doctor is how to do what the drug rep tell you. (Some people would say you have to learn golf, but some doctors don’t like golf. And you don’t have to learn how to hate lawyers, that comes naturally.)


37 posted on 09/09/2013 1:15:57 PM PDT by nickcarraway
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To: wbill

If they had stayed they would still be there over 40 years later.


38 posted on 09/09/2013 1:16:45 PM PDT by Jimmy Valentine (DemocRATS - when they speak, they lie; when they are silent, they are stealing the American Dream)
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To: nickcarraway

I thought it was supposed to be funny. That was a waste of 3 minutes.


39 posted on 09/09/2013 1:17:18 PM PDT by albie (re)
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To: Travis McGee; fatima
Inorganic chemistry..freshman year..1964-65. Lectures T & TH 8-9:30..labs were in the afternoon. About 50 in the class...practically. Our instructor was a FULL professor..back in those days they actually taught classes..instead of some GA.

He was in his 60's..long and distinguished career..he'd been mentioned as a possible Nobel candidate a few times.

The second lecture...he walks in..stands in front of the class..asks a question about the material we were assigned on the first day.

Nobody answers, raises a hand..even dares to move.

He looks out over us, and says..

" There are two possible explanations at work. Either you are all brilliant, and understand it all perfectly, or you haven't bothered to read the material. In either case, there is absolutely no point in my wasting my time by being here."

And he walked out.

Subsequent classes were much better..

40 posted on 09/09/2013 1:18:28 PM PDT by ken5050 (According to Dick Lugar, I'm a "random outlier." Woo Hoo!!!!)
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To: nickcarraway

I’ll be sure to tell my father’s cardiac surgeon.

Not all docs are idiots. Some, however, are. Mixed bag there. And most are in fact way too reliant on pharma propaganda.


41 posted on 09/09/2013 1:22:34 PM PDT by Black Agnes
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To: Sherman Logan

In my early college days I took a course called Descriptive Geometry. It was on of the courses required among others for civil, mining and mechanical engineering students. We were told the first day that the course was a make or break for higher studies. I did very well in that course as well as calculus and chemistry. I moved my engineering to Chemical Eng. As a transfer student to a world renowned university I had to take an all day ‘placement’ exam. I was told that exam would determine if I met the standards to stay in the Chem. Eng. curriculum. Came graduation time I was told I was missing a US civics/government course so I had to take a special 2-4 hour exam which I passed. My G.I. education was marked with tests for competency. I get brochures from my alma mater and it appears to me that education today in the sciences and related subjects are at a higher level than in my days.


42 posted on 09/09/2013 1:23:55 PM PDT by noinfringers2
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To: ken5050

:)


43 posted on 09/09/2013 1:25:32 PM PDT by fatima (Free Hugs Today :))
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To: VanDeKoik

No, it actually has value.

I saw a large number of people who were told my Mommy and their teachers that they “should be an engineer.”

They knew nothing about electrical stuff. Had no real interest in electrical stuff. Had no savvy for electricity or electronics. Some were getting interested in computers back then, but computers and programming were such a small part of being an EE back then, it would never be enough to save you.

There’s few professions needing a higher IQ than being a EE. Most people simply cannot make the cut for the math requirement, and EE’s use more math than any other type of engineer. Once they grind you through the preliminary calc classes and get rid of the weak people, then they can finally get down to teaching you the math necessary for electrical engineering, which goes rather far beyond mere calculus.


44 posted on 09/09/2013 1:25:38 PM PDT by NVDave
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To: Black Agnes

Great story!


45 posted on 09/09/2013 1:30:18 PM PDT by Travis McGee (www.EnemiesForeignAndDomestic.com)
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To: nickcarraway

i didn’t see anything otu of line. if it motivates some people to study harder, then it is a good thing, eh?


46 posted on 09/09/2013 1:32:06 PM PDT by camle (keep an open mind and someone will fill it full of something for you)
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To: Black Agnes
I know not all doctors are idiots. But I have had to deal with many of them. And some are very smart and excellent at the most difficult parts of there jobs. That's what is so frustrating. Like when doctors prescribe multiple medications that are contraindicated in the PDR.

Unfortunately, in my state they are trying to force out. One of the best doctors I know was pressure to retire by the attorney general. He eventually had to. He had no complaints or lawsuits against him.

47 posted on 09/09/2013 1:32:29 PM PDT by nickcarraway
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To: ken5050

I audited a class from a professor like that. I was really interested in the material (which was linear mathematics for ComSci’s).

It was about three weeks into the class. Things were starting to get pretty thick, as the pace was picking up, people were dropping out, and the classes were getting quiet. He asked “are there any questions on the material?” I looked around, saw no one else raising their hands, and I had a question. So I raised my hand, asked my question.

The professor then answered my question, which led me to another question. Asked and answered.

He then asked “Are there any other questions?”

No one said anything. No one moved to even bring out their materials or notebooks.

And he said something pretty similar to your example - “...with the exception of this person over here... what’s your name?” as he was pulling out his grade book. “You’re obviously the only one who read the material! I should make note of the fact you’re the only one who did the assignment or read the material!”

I told him my name... fearing what was about to happen. Flip, flip, flip... squint, looked up and down his roster...

“You’re not on my roster!”

“Well, um, ah, I’m auditing your class. is it OK if I sit in?”

Oh, the friends I didn’t make as he excoriated the people who were actually on the roster for not taking the effort of “the deadbeat who isn’t even paying for the class!”


48 posted on 09/09/2013 1:32:38 PM PDT by NVDave
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To: Black Agnes

I went to a big engineering school - and have heard that exact story.

-Either mutual friends or a story that has travelled around a good bit-


49 posted on 09/09/2013 1:33:17 PM PDT by Triple (Socialism denies people the right to the fruits of their labor, and is as abhorrent as slavery)
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To: Travis McGee

Apparently it’s a common thing.

I proctored a frosh final exam with about 400 people though. So it could easily have happened and happened several times.


50 posted on 09/09/2013 1:36:12 PM PDT by Black Agnes
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