Crazy questions make for interesting answers. We asked five professors a series of questions, and their responses may shock you.

John Knebels, English

Q: What is the craziest experience you’ve had with a student?

A: I used to wear a hair weave to school.  When I had enough of it, I took it out.  I came in completely bald, and all of the senior boys were like, “Oh my God!  Oh my God!”  The following days later, 90% of them shaved their heads and said, “Hey we’re gonna be like you!”

Q: What is the most outrageous thing that has happened in your classroom?

A: I would say when we were doing the creation account of Adam and Eve, and I told them that the story was not historically correct.  A person stood up and said, “B-U-L-L-S-H-I-T!” (yes, they spelt it) and stormed out of the class. They ended up dropping the course.

Shawn Krahmer, Theology and Religious Studies, Ph.D

Q: What is the weirdest thing a student has ever said to you?

A: Well, the most annoying thing was when a student who didn’t study for their exam came in my office and sat down.  They said to me, “What are you going to do about this?”  And I’m like, “Huh?  What am I gonna do about it?  You’re the one who failed the exam!”

Philip Cunningham, Theology and Religious Studies, Ph.D

Q: What is the most outrageous thing that has happened in your classroom?

A: This isn’t exactly in my classroom.  I was once grading a paper from a student at another institution.  As I was reading, I thought to myself, “This sounds awfully familiar.”  I realized the student had plagiarized me – it was a book that I had published.

Scott McRobert, Biology, Ph.D

Q: What is the weirdest thing a student has ever said to you?

A: The weirdest thing a student has ever said to me was, “How can you sleep at night after all of the dreary environmental news you have been telling us?”

Doug Kurtze, Physics, Ph.D

Q: What is the most outrageous thing that has happened in your classroom?

A: I remember this student walked into my classroom on the first day of classes with a magnificent mohawk.  The next day, it was the same mohawk, but a completely different color.  That continued happening every class throughout the semester.

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