Tuesday, November 16, 2010
Cornell Insider, Hotel Prof. Erupts: 'YAWN OUTSIDE!':
Most kids know from a young age not to sleep in class. But if you’re in Professor Mark Talbert’s lecture hall, you better not even yawn.
A video has surfaced this past week of the Hotel Administration professor yelling at an unknown student in his Business Computing class (HADM 1174) for yawning, calling the perpetrator names and commanding them to leave.
“If I hear one more of these overly loud yawns… get up and walk the hell out! Yawn outside!” says an irate Talbert. “Stay outta class, whatever it is you need to do to get over it, I wanna know why 220 other people don’t find the need to do that. And you should be asking yourself, why am I the one loser who has to do that?”
When the serial yawner refuses to show himself, Talbert challenges the class to a psychological duel. “We’ll stay here until that person admits who it is or the person sitting around them tells me who it is,” he says. ...
Apparently, Talbert’s Business Computing class is the most stressful one in the Hotel School each semester it’s offered. With last semester’s median grade of a B-, HADM 1174 obviously brings out the worst in everyone.
According to submissions on RateMyProfessors.com, a website used by students to anonymously comment on a course or instructor, Talbert has a reputation for off-color comments and outbursts. His low rating of 2.2/5 comes from contributors saying that Talbert is “not helpful at all” and “extremely arrogant.” One person recalled a time when “he yelled at us for not saying ‘bless you’ after he sneezed,” and another said “he patrols the class like we are in 5th grade.”