Professor Walks Out On Snack-less Students At Sac State
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SACRAMENTO (CBS13) — A lack of baked goods had one Sacramento State professor calling it quits on his class.
“So you walked out?” CBS13’s Ben Sosenko asks Professor George Parrott.
And you won’t get an apology from Parrott. The Sac State psych professor won’t back down from his snack standoff.
“For the second week in a row, nobody brought and connected with and checked on each other to show up with the expected shared snacks,” he says.
The longtime professor has been serving up his snack policy for years. The rules are simple: twice a semester students are expected to bring in homemade goods. The purpose is to promote class teamwork.
“It actually loosened up the stress,” one of Parrott’s students says.
But some snack-less students cried foul, saying the timing of the walk-out — the class before the midterm — was tasteless.
“We’re paying to go to school and all this tuition money to try to get an education,” one student says. “I don’t think not bringing baked goods is a good enough reason to cancel.”
The administration tells us the Psychology Department will meet with Parrott to discuss the baked good brouhaha that has become food for fodder on campus. He has the support of at least some his students
“He’s trying to bring the class together into a sense we’re all one unit,” the student says.
Parrott snickers at the notion that the snacks were for him. He says he rarely eats them. He also disputes the notion that the timing was poor.
“The reality was that I actually had a full review session the day before in lecture,” he says.
In the end, Parrott says he doesn’t care what the administration thinks. He’s in the process of accepting a Fulbright grant to teach overseas next year in Poland.