Skip to comments.Fake Professor Scares Freshmen Class (Video)
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."
It’s probably all true though.
But I don’t get the joke. That’s pretty much how the Chemistry classes at my school actually worked ;-)
It could be.
The real shock will come when the students find out that he told them the truth.
Under Obamacare, standards will have to be lowered. Otherwise there won’t be enough doctors to run his clinics vs. going into private practice.
You can’t BS your way thru a chemistry class. Or other genuine science classes.
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.
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?
See my post #9. GMTA.
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.
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...
soft = some. #@%$@#$ speel chckr.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
That joke’s been around since I was a freshman in college more than 25 years ago.
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.
I stayed with Econ and wondered where every one went that semester.
"Journalism. Because Math Is Hard."
The ones who will treat their patients like human beings have to be weeded out.
The ones who can’t figure dose per kilogram have to be weeded out too...
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.
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.
Organic chem was easy. It’s recipes.
And a big part of pchem is plug and chug.
I skinned-by for my BS-Chem.
CHM 131 was Freshamn Organic Chemistry.
Dr. H was telling them the truth.
Kids today are such wimps... When I was in college, I had two real professors who gave a speech like this. Nobody even blinked.
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.
Didn’t know I had another handle on here. ;)
EE by degree, 20 yr computer software career.
Organic chem was easy. Its 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.
Not everyone has enough hands to be an economist...
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.
“Mister Hart, here is a dime. Call your mother. Tell her there is serious doubt about your becoming a lawyer.”
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.)
If they had stayed they would still be there over 40 years later.
I thought it was supposed to be funny. That was a waste of 3 minutes.
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..
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.
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.
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.
i didn’t see anything otu of line. if it motivates some people to study harder, then it is a good thing, eh?
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.
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!”
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-
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.
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