Wednesday, January 20, 2010

A Bachelor's Degree is the new High School Diploma

Today is the second day of my fourth semester at Southern Illinois University-Carbondale, and I have to say that I'm very excited about my classes this semester. The schedule of classes consists of:

PSYC 211 - Research Methods & Statistics
PSYC 310 - Cognitive Psychology
PSYC 331 - Abnormal Psychology
CCJ 310 - Intro to Criminal Law
POLS 340 - Intro to Public Administration

I have been through the introductory class of all of my courses now, and one common thread exists: There is some level of disingenuous nanny-ism on the part of my professors towards their students. For the most part, my professors have been extremely specific in their expectations. After all, the syllabus is sort of a "contract" between the student and the professor. "This is what I expect of you, and this is what you should expect of me," is the general message.

A very common thread, however, is that professors are becoming disillusioned by the lack of maturity of undergraduate students. This semester seems to be the worst, by my observation, for professors spelling out the rules that should be common sense. Cell phones must be completely off and cannot be out during class. Assignments must be turned in on time. Excuses that will be accepted for missed exams and assignments are very narrow. Extra credit is no longer being offered because of past abuses by previous classes.

I make no bones about my perception of lacking maturity in my colleagues. Any frequent reader to my blog will attest to my clear repugnance for those who talk on their cell phones during class, or carry on a conversation with their neighbor during a lecture. To subject me to this "hand-holding" when I am 31 years old, however, is an insult to my intelligence.

One of my professors has taken the disillusionment one step too far in my humble opinion. I feel as though this professor's syllabus was a slap in my face, as someone who cares about his college career and has a 3.94 GPA.
  • The very first page is inspired by Ben Stein's book How to Ruin Your Life and goes into great detail of "How to Ruin Your Grade." I thought this was a very ingenious idea, but felt that it did not belong on the very first page of a class syllabus.
  • "Etiquette of Communication" was spelled out in eight detailed points, including ensuring a courteous greeting and closing exists, asking that E-Mails are spell checked, not sending angry E-Mails, and to show appreciation by using "please" and "thank you."
  • Rather than summarizing each point, why don't I let you see it for yourself? I've redacted all parts of the syllabus that would identify the professor or the class. Download the syllabus here and see for yourself.
I approached this professor after class concluded. I asked him how long he had been teaching, to which he replied four years, including while in graduate school. I told him that I felt he was extremely disillusioned after only four years. I explained how this was the start of my fourth semester at this University, and how I, too, get upset with my colleagues' disrespect, however, it should be addressed on the spot, and not in a hand-holding syllabus review session. (After all, I have no problem if he put it in the syllabus, but said something during this class that indicated we were big boys and girls and could read for ourselves.) This professor was truly shocked and surprised by my words (Thank you, Dr. Paul Ekman!) and stated that he and the TA are both "down to earth people." I said that I didn't doubt this, and I reiterated my position as a 31-year old mature student. I explained that I felt that I was being "talked down to" but understood the trials and tribulations that he must have gone through to get to that point.

Which brings me to the crux of the problem: I've heard it over, and over, and over, and over again... Undergrad is the new high school. A bachelor's degree is the new High School diploma. The overall maturity level of a majority of students must speak to how professors in general, and this particular professor specifically, are responding. So, where does that leave those of us who give a damn about our grades and college career? After all, since I embarked on this college experience, I've taken the attitude that this is my job. Quite ironically, this professor indicated in his syllabus (see the 'Responsibility' section) how students should treat the course like a job. Why not treat the entire college experience like a job, as I do?

I've taken two classes at a community college, and got A's in both of them.
I've taken 15 classes at SIUC, and got A's in all but one of them. (I got a B in that one class.)
Most classes were challenging, each in their own ways. But, with each class, I did what I needed to do to get the best grade I could.

Is it possible that the shitty students are forcing professors to "lower the bar" and I've somehow done better than I would have if that bar hadn't been lowered? That's certainly a question that I'm now asking myself as a result of these thoughts. What's going to happen when I take my diploma to a future employer? Will it be worth less than a diploma from any other school? It's bad enough that I'll probably hear, "Isn't that the school that couldn't hold onto a Chancellor?"

Thursday, December 17, 2009

The Fall 2009 Semester is OVER!

This has been the most stressful week of my college career yet. I had so much to do over these past seven days, and it really wore on me. I think I snapped at a few of my Facebook friends...if I did, and you know who you are, I'm truly sorry.

My PSYC-302 NeuroPsych sixth exam did not go as well as I'd have liked. I needed a 70% on it to guarantee a 'B' in the class, and I got a 68%. But, I exchanged an E-Mail with the professor, and he said that my 79.6% in the class was adequate to grant me a 'B' in the class. Whew. So, I have now received the very first 'B' of my college career. I am not happy about that fact, but am willing to accept it. I won't brow-beat the professor into giving me an 'A' Kathy, I promise.

My UHON-351M class final performance was my biggest stressor of this week. I had to write, direct, and act out a performance that embodied cultural narratives, the practices they exemplify, and the tales that people use to share them. I enlisted the assistance of four Facebook friends and the Director of the University Honors program by writing scripts and having them video record themselves for me. The performance was awesome. Everyone in my class loved it, and I got laughter and the desired reactions where I wanted them. I got a 95/100 on the performance, and a 40/50 on the paper & program portion.

I am going to share my Professor's comments on my performance since so many people have heard me bitching about it, and since some of my Facebook friends are responsible for helping with it. She wrote these notes as I was doing my performance, and later filled in/refined her notes. (The bold text is where she underlined or stressed a comment.)
Very smart set up dramatically - good concept & execution of intellectual scaffold for your argument. You cover a great deal of information & the future projection allows the urgency, the humor.

The studious part of you uses creativity to excellent advantage - yet you keep the instructive/innovative well in balance (love Lori's cameo - & the subaltern)
Nice example of 'lost' history & why this is so important - control issues are clear & with high stakes. Very chilling - (Karen's story)
Very clever writing. Good thinking, conceptualizing, & theorizing history as story.
I appreciate the references to 'our' time.
Good cautionary summary - well thought out -- & POLISHED! Thanks for always taking this work seriously.
I had my PHIL-104 Ethics final today, and am pretty sure that I got the points that I needed to ensure an 'A' in the class. I only needed a 54% on this third test, and have no reason to believe that I didn't get it.

I finished up my dreaded ENGL-489 "Balancing Practice & Theory" paper today. It required 6-8 pages, and it came in at 10. I really polished it up, and am pretty sure that I nailed it. It is worth 30% of my final grade in the class, and I really hope that my professor agrees that it is worthy of an 'A', which will also guarantee me an 'A' in the class.

I took the final test for my PSYC-202 Careers in Psychology 1-CR class. Out of 195 possible points, I got 194, so I have an 'A' in that class.

I will post again when I get my final grades in ENGL-489 and PHIL-104.

I'm damned glad the semester is over.

Wednesday, December 2, 2009

Wow...It's been WAY too long . . .

It has been way too entirely long since I've written to my blog. I can make a bunch of excuses, but really, I've been so busy with my school work I haven't had the desire to write for fun. Really, that is the purpose of a blog, isn't it?

One item of note - This semester, I finally declared my major to be Psychology. Previously, my major was listed as "Pre-Law". This is not a major, and it is not a course of study. It is simply a declaration of the student who indicates that he intends to attend law school upon graduation. I knew this, and knew that I'd have to declare a major (eventually). I decided to do so this semester.

I'll do a class-by-class run-down of my classes from this semester:

MATH 108 - College Algebra
I started the semester in Abdel Mugdadi's class. I could not understand the material through his accent. I feel horrible about this, but ultimately I am the paying student and am the one who is responsible for his grades in school. If I cannot understand the instructor, the class is no good to me. Therefore, I begged the course director, Professor Daniel Mussa, to allow me into one of his sections. After much groveling, he did let me in his class. To keep this story somewhat brief, I'm going to skip a lot of the details, but needless to say, I did very poorly in the class. Algebra and I never really got along well in High School. Initially, I attributed that to my innate hatred for High School. Unfortunately, with my having to revisit Algebra here in College, I realized that it was more like my contempt for math as a whole that was affecting my ability to do well with the material.

For the Psychology major, one of five math classes must be taken. The math class that I took last semester, "Non Technical Calculus" was not on the list of acceptable classes for the Psychology major. I went through the necessary motions, and was able to get the Undergraduate director of the Math department to write the Undergraduate director of the Psychology department. In the end, my NTC class is being accepted for my Psychology major.

Because of the exception being made, I dropped Algebra, and never have to look back on it for the rest of my college career . . . . I HOPE!

ENGL 489 - "One-to-one Teaching Practicum"
This class is one that prepares its students for tutoring in the SIUC Writing Center. The course itself requires reading journal articles, writing short responses, and two major papers. Additionally, we're required to tutor for three hours each week in the writing center. This has been the most interesting aspect of my college career yet. I've met some very talented students, and I've met some students who show a lot of promise but who cannot yet write well. All of the students that I've tutored thus far have left my sessions with a defined sense of accomplishment.

I'm currently amidst the planning and outlining stages of writing my final paper for this class. I do, however, anticipate getting an "A" in this class. I've gotten A's on all of the assignments in this class thus far.

PSYC 302 - Intro to Neuroscience
This class has been the bane of my existence this semester. Not only is the material extremely difficult, but the professor intentionally makes the tests ambiguous and improperly wordy. When he's called on an issue with a test question by his TA, he just dismisses it and blows off the concern. With that said, the professor is a great guy, and is most definitely an expert in his field of study. I also absolutely adore the TA. I just wish I would have held off on taking this class until next semester when the TA is teaching it instead of the current professor. However, I wouldn't have known anything about the class if I weren't in it right now, right?

You remember from my previous blogs that I'm a 4.0 student. I usually do relatively well on most of my tests, and certainly do exceptionally well on my writing assignments. With this class, there are six tests, and the lowest one is dropped. Before each test, he gives a 5-point extra credit quiz that's basically added on to the final score of that test.

Test 1: 67 (+3 EC points)
Test 2: 70 (+5 EC points)
Test 3: 64 (+0 EC points--I was sick!)
Test 4: 78 (+4 EC points)

This is not looking good at all for me, is it? Well, I decided for the 5th test (which was taken just before the Thanksgiving break) that I would seriously buckle down and study my ass off. I found someone in the class who has a very strong drive to do well in her classes, and we quickly became friends and study buddies. (After all, I say that to be successful, one must surround himself with successful people!)

Test 5: 92.5 (+5 EC points)

Huzzah! Kick ass!

Here's the bad news: Even if I get 5 extra credit points for the 6th test AND I get 100 on the test, I will still be 21 points away from an "A" in this class. I'm VERY not happy about this fact.

PSYC 202 - Careers in Psychology
This is a 1 credit hour class that's being required of all Psychology majors as of the Fall 2008 semester. It's basically a class designed to prepare Psychology majors for choosing their career path. It mostly does not apply to me, since I plan to attend law school. However, if I change my plans for going to law school, at least I'll be prepared for what awaits me in the field of Psychology. (I have basically learned that if I want to do anything with Psychology professionally, I'll have to have a Master's degree or higher...) I don't see any reason I won't be getting an "A" in this class. . . . I've gotten near-perfect scores on all of my weekly assignments, and a low-A and a high-B on the two tests we've had so far.

PHIL 104 - Ethics
I've really enjoyed Dr. Hahn's Ethics class. Not only is Dr. Hahn an extremely charismatic speaker, he is also an expert on the topics he lectures about. This class is set up very uniquely in that the TAs are responsible for all of the grading. Dr. Hahn is simply the lecturer. With that said, Dr. Hahn has an open door policy, and invites his students to speak with him at any time. This class is directly responsible for my interest in Philosophy as a discipline, and it is very likely that I will seek a minor in Philosophy. After all, I only need three more 300-level Philosophy classes to accomplish this. What's more, after those three classes, I only need five MORE classes to make Philosophy a major. I'm sure a double major of Psychology and Philosophy would look great on a law school application!

I got a 97% on the first exam in this class, and a 92% on the second exam. My TA informed me that I can get as low as a B on the third and final exam and still get an A in the class. Of course I'll be shooting for an A, but at least I know I have some 'wiggle room', as it were. Consequently, my TA for this class is the same TA that I had for Logic last semester. I really like him and his direct approach to teaching.

UHON 351M - Life Stories
This class represents the first three credit hours of the 24 credit hours for which I will be responsible in the University Honors program. Further, this class stands in for the Multi-diversity core curriculum requirement. Originally, I was going to take the Administration of Justice 203 class (Crime, Justice, and Social Diversity), but now I do not have to. I'm especially glad about this, because several colleagues advised against the class, saying that the material was especially tedious, boring, and the instructor did nothing to help make it any more palatable.

This has been an especially rewarding class for me. It has about 12 students in it, and has required me to perform in front of the class. I've so far done two different performances. The first was an ethnographic biography, where we memorized and performed the monologue of one of the characters in Anna Deavere Smith's "Twilight". This was a performance of all of the people involved during the Rodney King ordeal back in the early 90's.

The second performance was an autobiographical exposition where I wrote and performed the script of some point in my life that I felt was relevant. I made my performance about my extreme dislike of the lack of respect I have observed during my time so far in college. There was a very hilarious moment during this performance, and maybe I'll write about it in the future.

The third performance has proven to be quite a challenge for me. Not only do I have to "kick it up a notch," but I also have to incorporate some pedagogy of the course in my performance. I'm planning on writing it out this weekend.

I got an A on the first four major assignments, and believe I got As on all of the little writing assignments between the performances. I'm pretty confident that I'll get an A in the class.

So there's my semester in a nutshell. Hopefully I'll be able to write more next semester, especially with some of the interesting classes I'll be taking. Here's my schedule on deck:

PSYC 211 - Research Methods & Stats (4 credit hour class, meets 3x a week + a 2 hour lab!)
SPCM 102 - Speaking with Confidence (1 credit hour class, meets 1x a week)
PSYC 331 - Abnormal Psychology (3 credit hour class)
PSYC 310 - Cognitive Psychology (3 credit hour class)
POLS 340 - Intro to Public Administration (3 credit hour class)
AJ 310 - Intro to Criminal Law (3 credit hour class)

Thursday, July 23, 2009

An interesting psychological experiment...

Today I had the occasion to configure my own psychological experiment. Since I am likely going to be majoring in Psychology, it is only natural that I think in methods that would construct such events. First, I have to say that I did not set this up in advance. The events within this experiment all 'fell into place' on their own, and I planned nothing other than getting my hair cut.

Have you ever done something in your life, and then later looked for validation of those actions, thoughts, or words? This is one such time when I can prove, beyond the shadow of a doubt, that my advice was sound at the time I gave it, even though I had no concrete evidence to prove it at the time said advice was dispensed. I'm talking about the advice that I gave to a (once) dear friend. This advice was, "BE POSITIVE!" This advice went further to say that the self-fulfilling prophecy would dictate the future actions of your life. If you want to be depressed, in a bad mood, hate the world, and not look for love elsewhere, it will happen. If you want to be positive, have a good outlook on life, and draw people to you, they will come.

I visited a hair cut establishment this morning. The practice of this particular establishment is to ask for your phone number. I have a very staunch personal policy against giving out my phone number (or address, or SSN, or blood type, or whatever personal information a company asks for) so I gave the girl the first number that popped in my head ... My aforementioned (once) dear friend's number. I guess I shouldn't have been surprised when she called me by that friend's name, since it was totally feasible that this friend could have frequented this establishment for the same service I was about to embark upon. She then asked me for my address, to which I replied that I was moving. She refrained from asking any further personal questions, and led me to the barber chair. She then asked if I wanted a particular style, which I assumed was also in the computer. I stated that I wanted to change it up, and told her how I wanted my hair done.

There was silence for about two minutes, then she asked me where I was moving to. That's when the experiment started taking form. I then took on the life of my friend, and related where that friend would (possibly) be moving to. She continued to press for details, and I returned the details that fit my friend's life. I changed only one thing about my friend's details, and that was I was positive in my communication of these life events. (This particular friend becomes very negative when discussing these details.) I had a story to tell, and it was a depressing one, but I was over the hurt, the pain, and the anguish, and now I was ready to move on. I only answered her questions, but in such a way that left room for her to keep asking additional questions...and she did. I explained "my" story with as many accurate details as was possible.

As the stylist kept cutting my hair, (and I also observed that she took longer than stylists normally do when they cut my hair, taking time to primp and get every loose strand!) she confided in me that she recently had a daughter just before Christmas, and her daughter's father left them on Valentine's day. I offered consolation, but she was in the same place that "I" was, and was beyond the grief and sorrow. She was looking to move on with her life and not let "that jerk" bring her down.

At the end of my hair cut, she brought me up to the register so I could pay, and proceeded to give me her phone number with a little heart drawn on the note. I didn't ask for it, I just talked with her like a normal human being and conveyed a positive countenance.

As I said, this was a psychological experiment. Part of it was to validate, for me, my advice that I gave to this friend. The other part of it was to see for myself if it was possible to overcome an adverse (albeit out of "my" control) situation in such a way to draw positive attention from the opposite sex. I'd say that this experiment was a glowing success. I actually do give good advice to my friends!

Oh, and by the way -- this young lady admitted (without provocation or being prompted) that she's 21 years old, and that she would never date an 18 year old guy. But, through the details of the story, my age was revealed and yet she still gave me her number, being 9 years "my" junior. Go figure.

Sunday, June 14, 2009

From bad to worse to WTF?!?

Tonight started out very well, as a matter of fact. I first met with Steve/N9OA at the McDonalds in Lisle. We caught up on old times, and it was good to see him. After that, I went to my brother and sister-in-law's place in Lisle to help them get their wireless network going again. It was supposed to be a short visit, and then I was going to head on to a friend's 30th birthday party, but Glenn and Christina surprised me by taking me out for drinks with some good friends. I had a great time.

Then my fun night STARTED. I'm being totally facetious here...

I was talking to Robyn on the phone as I drove North on I-294. At 12:10 AM, I hit a pothole at the 57 mile marker, and my front driver side tire blew out. I scurried to find a place to stop my car, and ended up driving about 2500 feet to an emergency pull-off on the right shoulder. (If you're from the Chicagoland area, you'll know right away that this is a precarious situation because of the construction on I-294. IF you're NOT from Chicago, let's just say that negotiating this with traffic traveling at least double the posted speed limit (of 45mph!) is not an easy task.)

I called ISP Oakbrook IL - District 15 - to request a HELP truck to stop by and help me change the spare. Yes, I could have done it myself, but not at the side of a very busy tollway. I used to be a dispatcher for the ISP and have handled too many side-of-the-road 10-50's. After about 25 minutes, HELP 4-South showed up. He asked me back to his truck so he could get some information, and then told me he'd be right up to change the tire. I got back in my car, and shortly thereafter, the HELP truck drove off!

Since I'm a scanner-head, I was listening to STARCOM21 and heard that the HELP truck got called to another incident. But, since D/15 didn't know this, I called them back to ask for the HELP truck's ETA. The call taker advised me that he was called to a higher priority call, and would be back as soon as he could.

About 20 minutes later, a trooper pulled in behind me, and engaged his emergency lights. After approaching the vehicle, and me giving him my story, he asked for my driver's license. After a LOOOONG situation regarding a gangbanger that has my same date of birth and a similar phonic spelling of my name (GREGORY A SPURLING), I was able to convince the trooper that I wasn't said gangbanger. The trooper had to leave to go to another call, but said the help truck would be back "soon."

According to the pictures that I took on my iPhone, the HELP truck re-appeared at 1:49 AM. I was back on my way by 2:15 AM, the spare tire on my front driver's side, and the damaged tire in the trunk. I had only 19.4 miles to go until I was to be back at my friend's house with whom I'm staying in Lake Villa.

Of course, Murphy doesn't rest at 2 in the, he gets great pleasure out of making life miserable for me.

My spare failed at IL83 and Washington in Grayslake as the clock quickly approached 2:45 AM, with only 3.9 miles to go until I would reach my destination. So, with the spare gone, and no possible way of continuing my trip, I called Pep Boys for their tow service. I decided to whip out my laptop and type up this blog while I'm waiting the 90 minutes for the tow to get here.

I'm not a "woe is me" kinda guy. I take it all in stride. I neither think the world is out to get me, nor do I believe I can't control my destiny. But, come-the-fuck-on...can't a guy catch a break? Does my Honda Accord have bad juju? I really like this car, and they say Hondas are great reliable machines. I guess tonight's incident really has nothing to do with the reliability of the car itself...

Let's also not forget that the State is going to be liable for this whole ordeal. Were it not for their pothole on I-294 at Milepost 57, none of this would have least they were quick about patching the hole -- I heard on the scanner that it was patched almost at the same time that the HELP truck showed up the first time. I can't wait to deal with this whole thing of having to make a report and all that crap...sigh...

I thanked the trooper for his assistance and understanding, and most importantly, I thanked the HELP truck guy for changing my tire for me. I understand it's a dangerous job that he has, and I also understand that the pothole wasn't his fault.

OK, I'm done battery is down to 23%, and I want to send this so all of my Facebook friends can see what a shitty night I've had.

Man, I gotta pee...

Thursday, May 7, 2009

ALMOST all of the final grades are in . . .

I say almost because I'm waiting to hear about my Non-Technical Calculus final exam results. But, the other three classes grades are in:

Elementary Logic - Final: 23/30 - Final Grade: 99 A
Intro to Psychology - Final: 58/60 - Final Grade: A
Intro to Criminal Justice - Final: 132/150 - Final Grade: 89.6

I E-Mailed my instructor for the Intro to Criminal Justice class, and he said he'd give me the 0.4% bump, and that I got an A in his class.

I'm now waiting to hear how I did with the Calculus final. I don't think I did very well, so I think I'll get a "B" in the class.

Sunday, May 3, 2009

It must be said . . .

As the semester is coming to a close, I felt it necessary to come up with a list of simple directions for the people who do not understand basic manners and etiquette. Specifically, the audience of this list are college students who attend lecture format classes.

I attended an optional final-exam review session today for my Intro to Psychology class. The professor took two hours out of her Sunday schedule (likely personal time) to provide a review of the material from the entire semester in preparation for this week's final exam. Since I had two separate encounters with rude and ignorant morons in this Psychology class this semester, I felt it quite appropriate to start this list. Consequently, there were three such dimwits sitting directly behind me during this review session. I decided not to address my concerns with them, since I know from past experience that it would get me nowhere.

Feel free to copy and paste what follows into a separate document. Bold, underline, and highlight any of the particular offenses, and hand it off to those who bother you in your lectures in the future. I'm pretty sure that this list would apply to other situations with some slight modification, as well.

Congratulations are in order for you! You have reached the time in your life that you now find yourself in college. Apparently, however, you do not understand basic manners and proper lecture etiquette. It is highly suggested that you take the time to read what follows.

IT IS NOT OK to talk while the lecturer is talking. If you must communicate with those around you, pass a note. SILENTLY. This is not junior high, and the lecturer will not take your note and read it in front of the whole class. There is NO wiggle room in this. No whispering. No tongue-clicking. If it comes out of your mouth, it's WRONG.

The next time you're at home, put your cell phone on vibrate. Then, from another phone, call yourself. If your cell phone's vibrate function is loud enough to be heard, it probably sounds ten times louder when you're in lecture.

IT IS NOT OK for your cell phone to make ANY noises, WHATSOEVER. If your vibrate function is loud, you WILL turn off the vibrate function. If your phone beeps, sings, plays music, or makes any noises of any kind, it does not belong in lecture.

IT IS NOT OK to wear headphones in lecture. UNLESS YOU ARE DEAF OR HARD OF HEARING and are using a device to hear the lecturer, you CAN NOT wear headphones of ANY KIND. This includes Bluetooth headsets, ear buds, one ear bud, whatever.

IT IS NOT OK to arrive more than ten minutes late. All of your colleagues and the lecturer were able to arrive on time, and so should you. Should you have encountered unforeseen circumstances and decide to still attend lecture, you get to sit in the very first empty seat closest to the door. If for some reason your lecture has assigned seating, don't bother taking your normal seat.

IT IS NOT OK to pack up your belongings while the lecturer is still talking.

IT IS OK to wear deodorant. Lecture hall seats are usually very close together. Body odor is very unattractive. If you just left work to come to class, you might want to consider keeping an extra speed stick and a new shirt in your bag. Use both of them. If wearing deodorant is against your system of beliefs, do not sit near anyone.

IT IS UNDERSTANDABLE if the babysitter canceled on you last minute and you have to bring your child to class. IT IS NOT OK if they make ANY sound of ANY kind. This includes sounds from any form of entertainment that they bring with them. Gameboys, PSPs, or MP3 players CAN be used with headphones, but the sound must be on the lowest possible setting. If the person sitting next to your child can hear the sound, it's too loud.

DID YOU KNOW that you have the CHOICE of not coming to lecture?

If you're having a bad day, and are contemplating on taking out your frustrations on the colleagues in your lecture, you shouldn't come to class.

If any of these things are a problem for you, it is very likely that lecture classes are not for you. Distance learning classes or online courses provide a very acceptable way of obtaining college credit.

DID YOU KNOW that the SIUC Student Conduct Code prohibits this behavior? Specifically:
A person commits the offense of disorderly conduct when he/she knowingly does any act in such unreasonable manner as to alarm or disturb another and to provoke a breach of the peace.
This means that if your actions disturb someone else, you are in violation of Section II, Part B, Item 14 of the Student Conduct Code. You could be subjected to an administrative hearing, and if found responsible, could be subject to reprimand, censure, probation, suspension, or even expulsion.

Have a nice day.