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THERE WAS A STORY AT OLIVET COLLEGE ABOUT THE FRESHMAN
ENGLISH PROFESSOR WHO GRADED EXAMS BY THROWING
THEM DOWN A FLIGHT OF STAIRS; THE "A'S" WERE ON
THE TOP STEP, THE "A-'S" ON THE NEXT, ETC.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT ; MICHIGAN, ASSUMED ; OLIVET

Keyword(s): ACADEMIC JOKES

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Human Being

Date learned: 12-00-1971 ; 00-00-1960

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PREDICTION OF GRADES

THERE IS A PROFESSOR HERE AT THE UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT
WHO IS KNOWN TO GIVE OUT HIS GRADES IN THE FOLLOWING
MANNER (FR. HOETTER).
A-ATHLETES
B-BOYS
C-COEDS
D-DISSENTERS

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): ACADEMIC JOKES, GRADING

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Human Being

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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THERE WAS A STORY AT OLIVET COLLEGE ABOUT THE FRESHMAN
ENGLISH PROFESSOR WHO GRADED EXAMS BY THROWING
THEM DOWN A FLIGHT OF STAIRS; THE "A'S" WERE ON
THE TOP STEP, THE "A-'S" ON THE NEXT, ETC.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT ; MICHIGAN, ASSUMED ; OLIVET

Keyword(s): ACADEMIC JOKES

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Human Being

Date learned: 12-00-1971 ; 00-00-1960

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PREDICTION OF GRADES

THERE IS A PROFESSOR HERE AT THE UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT
WHO IS KNOWN TO GIVE OUT HIS GRADES IN THE FOLLOWING
MANNER (FR. HOETTER).
A-ATHLETES
B-BOYS
C-COEDS
D-DISSENTERS

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): ACADEMIC JOKES, GRADING

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Human Being

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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THE HATCHET MAN

IN SEPTEMBER, 1969, I STARTED AT U. OF D. AS A MATH MAJOR
AND THE PROF FOR MY FIRST MATH CLASS MATH 141 WAS MR.
TRAVIS. ONE DAY HE PROMISED TO TELL US WHY HIS STUDENTS
SUPPOSEDLY CALLED HIM "THE HATCHET MAN." (I HADN'T
HEARD THE NAME APPLIED TO HIM BEFORE THIS TIME, BUT MAYBE
IT WAS BECAUSE I WAS JUST A FIRST TERM FRESHMAN.) HE SAID
THAT HE HAD HAD ONE STUDENT WHO WAS BOUND AND DETERMINED
TO PASS ONE MATH COURSE HE WAS TEACHING, EVEN THOUGH IT
WAS ABOUT THE THIRD OR FOURTH TIME AROUND FOR THE STUDENT.
THE REASON THE STUDENT WAS SO DETERMINED WAS THAT HE
NEEDED THE COURSE TO GRADUATE. FINALLY, HE SUCCEEDED
IN PASSING AND AFTER GRADUATION, HE GAVE TRAVIS A TOKEN
OF HIS APPRECIATION, A GOLD (PAINTED) HATCHET WHICH
TRAVIS SHOWED OUR MATH 141 CLASS.
DURING TERM II 70-71, I FOUND MYSELF ONCE AGAIN SHARING
THREE HOURS A WEEK IN ONE OF THE MATH CLASSES (MATH 431)
TAUGHT BY TRAVIS. HE EVIDENTLY STILL HAD THE HATCHET
SINCE HE TOLD US THE SAME STORY I HAD HEARD IN 1969.
ONCE AGAIN, HE SHOWED US THAT SAME GOLD HATCHET.

Submitter comment: IN MATH 141 HE GAVE ME A B; IN MATH 431 HE GAVE ME
AN A, SO HE CAN'T BE THAT BAD.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): UNUSUAL GIFTS ACADEMIC JOKES

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Human Being

Date learned: 10-30-1971 ; 00001969-1971

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Prank

Fletcher Tube:

The Fletcher Tube us a non-existent piece of equipment. When freshmen are having problems in lab, you tell them that a Fletcher Tube will do the trick. They go to the stockroom to check one out and are laughed at.

Submitter comment:

Informant said that he pulled this gag while he was a graduate student.

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Where learned: MICHIGAN ; UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT ; DETROIT ; CLASSROOM ; CHEMISTRY BUILDING

Keyword(s): ACADEMIC JOKES ; Chemistry ; COLLEGE ; COLLEGE PRANK ; COLLEGE PRANK ; Entertainment ; Freshman ; Hazing ; JOKE ; Laboratory ; PRACTICAL JOKE ; Prank

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Entertainment Diversion

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