An already raucous Philosophy class was further disturbed Tuesday by a suddenly pronounced buzzing noise. Everyone looked around. Of course it couldn’t be a cell phone, right? But still it went on, muffled, no one could tell exactly whence it came.
This was Section 100 in the middle of a Grove Philosophy test, Tuesday, April 16th. Students were tired, many having stayed up late to study. Maybe it was a hallucination? Maybe it was a trick? But there was no time to care, the clock ticking. Until… then came forth the voice: “What is that which I hear, it sounds an awful lot like a phone? But surely, it couldn’t be?”
Grove called out in the middle of the test, looking for proof, looking for the facts. And yes it was a phone,, permission had been given, but the one who held it different. Borrowed, she said it was, as the sound stopped and no questions further were made.
But a phone, a cell-phone, at WCC, why was there not more concern? All were surprised, but no comment further was made. To question or to be silent, was subsumed with the test. For all thoughts of justice, and for the rule of law, all bowed before the sword of the quiz. But again, for such a reveal, a public repudiation of our spirit, why was there not more to be said.
Students of Section 100 are looking for answers, the school strangely quiet about this matter of possession of a phone. “A reason was given, a syllogism of two by the suspect, but the professor did nothing and as far I know, nobody else has,” reports freshman Jane Cunningham who was present and “very disturbed” by what she experienced in class that day.
“Why doesn’t the school enforce the rules?” questions Evelyn, another concerned freshman. “We must pursue this investigation even if it leads to negligence at the Student Life office. We’re not WCC if people can just have phones somehow willy-nilly.”
As of Thursday, no investigation has been opened, but many are still eager for the school to look into these allegations after other recent reports of cell-phone use by a professor to replace “the fates of Geometry.