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Prof Ends Snack Demand After 39 Years

Requirement was team-building exercise, he says
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Nov 24, 2011 1:13 AM CST
Updated Nov 24, 2011 4:24 AM CST

(Newser) – For the first time in 39 years, Psychology 101 students at Sacramento State may find themselves being taught by a hungry Parrott. For decades, professor George Parrott has told students that if they fail to bring homemade snacks for the class to share, there will be no class. The university told him to end the requirement after he walked out of a snackless class two weeks ago and students complained, the Sacramento Bee reports.

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Parrott says the snack requirement helped students to get to know each other, to learn how to form teams and to set schedules and check up on each other—as well as ensuring nobody goes hungry during 3-hour lab sessions. When he was an undergraduate, he says, classes were a lot smaller and students formed close ties among themselves. Now, "it's a commuter rat race. Students drive in and go home and never connect with their fellow students." (Read more higher education stories.)

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