It’s the end of my astronomy class, Galaxies and the Universe–or at least it would seem to be the end. Sounds of laptops closing, zippers being zipped, and general rustling around fill the lecture hall, as the professor keeps talking about cosmological microwave radiation. It’s pretty interesting material, but I can no longer hear, as people have started standing up and doing their end-of-class stretches. It’s 3:44, and the class ends at 3:45.
I can understand the need to indicate via body language that it’s end of class to professors who hold the class 5 to 10 minutes late. But this struck me as a little rude.
Lizy, do people do this at Vassar? And pops, do people do this in your class? Have you ever been interrupted by the slamming shut of textbooks?