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Puck originally started as a university newspaper comic way back in the prehistoric days of 1998. It was reborn in 2011, and is now running weekly, in color. You can see the original run of eighty strips AND the new colour strips all here!
This strip is #23 in a series dating from my university days. Puck ran for three full years in the Silhouette, McMaster University’s student newspaper.
This one is another example of academic humour; many people on campus thought this particular strip was the funniest of the series. It IS funny on a satirical level, but it’s made funny due to the fact that it’s not far off from the truth.
Higher learning the world over has given in to a ‘lowest common denominator’ perspective, and increasingly, universities are operated like businesses, with someone always watching the bottom line. Thus, you now have classes of five thousand students that are ‘taught’ with pre-recorded lectures, so one professor can theoretically ‘teach’ a small town. That’s not education. That’s a joke.
Well, this my joke based on their joke. I still think it’s funny.
He was the professor for my file structures class. In six years of university while working on two degrees, he was the only professor whose classes I could have skipped nearly every day. (Yeah, he did give pesky little things like "midterms" and "finals".) The key moment for me was when I read the syllabus and realized that I could follow along with his lecture, which was very close to word-for-word from the book.
Heck, even a certain English professor (who shall remain nameless) whose class I actually dropped was more tolerable...