On Campus

A psychology professor's protest

No snacks? No professor.

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A professor at Sacramento State University in California walked out of his first-year psychology class Thursday because his students didn’t bring any snacks, reports the Sacramento Bee.

Some students were upset about missing their last lab before their midterm exam and complained.

But Prof. George Parrott said students were warned in the course handout that “Not having a snack = no Dr. Parrott or TAs. Now you are responsible for your own lab assignment.”

Parott told The Bee that the snack obligation is his way of encouraging students to work collectively, because they must collaborate on what to bring.

“Having these goodies in the class breaks down some of the formality and some of the rigidity in the class,” he added. Parrot, who is semi-retired, said he has required snacks in class for 39 years.