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This will lead to awkwardness

Juliana Stone ’12 has a crush on a professor:

I have a crush on my history professor. Which, given my history of infatuation with Robert Redford, Paul Newman and Jack Nicholson, is not entirely surprising: I’ve never loved anyone under 65.

But it’s not like a crush crush. It’s more like I want him to think I’m charming and be my best friend and hang out with me after class kind of crush. It’s more like an odd obsession.

I think the other 15 people in my class are kind of scared of him or indifferent to him or intimidated or have some other lukewarm, but always reverent, kind of emotional response. But we all know that he’s brilliant.

And he’s totally old school: He dresses up for class and makes us turn every paper in on time and in hard copy — most teachers are flexible about extending deadlines and e-mailing papers — and he calls on you by name even if you’re not raising your hand. Particularly if you’re not raising your hand.

He said we should all be prepared to discuss the reading for each class — and that if we hadn’t done the reading, we should be prepared to discuss it anyway; that knowing how to discuss a book we hadn’t read was both a valuable skill and one we would develop in his class.

It was then that I knew I loved him.

Although she doesn’t name him, I’m fairly certain I know who she’s talking about, and he was in fact the most brilliant professor I had the pleasure to take a class with at Williams. A significant number of his students develop a similar infatuation.

She also describes her experience trying to figure out housing for next year as a “12,000 hour exercise in torture”. Good to know that some things never change. Go read the whole thing, and keep an eye on Eph Planet for future updates from Juliana.

Let’s turn this into an open thread. Which professors have you had (purely intellectual) crushes on? You can comment anonymously!

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#1 Comment By frank uible On March 9, 2009 @ 9:46 am

Evocative of an old burlesque joke (for your correspondent most things are evocative of at least one old burlesque joke). But, David, I am exercising self-censorship and am going to keep it to myself.

#2 Comment By student10 On March 9, 2009 @ 12:09 pm

If this is who I think it is (most likely), a certain professor who teaches mainly early American History- she should get prepared for both brilliance and personal mocking of bad/different ideas.

#3 Comment By mme On March 9, 2009 @ 3:02 pm

i have taken a class with the person stone is writing about, and he is indeed wonderful; a great lecturer. i am also one prone to have crushes on professors that i deem amazing, but he has not been one of them. ask me about james mcallister, and that’s a whole other story… :>

#4 Comment By Andrew On March 9, 2009 @ 10:55 pm

If anything, Ronit, the Anchor-Cluster-Neighborhood-Orwell housing draw is much worse than the open all-campus room draw ever was. Such a headache, especially for underclassmen. Ugh.

#5 Comment By ’10 On March 10, 2009 @ 6:45 am

OK, OK, let’s go ahead and name the man so I can take a class with him before I’m already gone!

#6 Comment By ’10 On March 10, 2009 @ 8:44 am

’10: I believe it’s Robert Dalzell.

#7 Comment By Ronit On March 10, 2009 @ 8:52 am

’10: that’s what I thought

#8 Comment By student10 On March 10, 2009 @ 10:59 am

Agreed- it is almost certainly Prof. Dalzell- I remember that exact quote in fact about the readings. Although, if you do take his classes, be prepared for a somewhat, although I hesitate to say it, old-fashioned, way of looking at history. He focuses on what is typically called the “great man” theory of history, rather than the socio-cultural factors that have become more popular. Also, he tends to get all the girls in his class confused…just saying. On a whole though, he is brilliant and interesting and showed a very interesting perspective of history- just not everyone’s cup of tea.
Anyway, this is turning into a factrak review, so I will stop…

#9 Comment By mme On March 10, 2009 @ 3:51 pm

Dalzell. He is good. He tends to get all the girls in his class confused? wtf? sexist, much?

I am a GIRL who took the class in which he expounds ‘great man’ theory. I did not have that experience at all.

#10 Comment By student10 On March 10, 2009 @ 4:46 pm

I apologize if that sounded sexist (against him/against women?). I am also a girl who took his class and did have that experience. Of course,upon further reflection, I recognize the fact that all of the girls in the class generally sat in a line together and then switched places-that would be confusing for anyone. I also just wanted to point out that his teaching style and perspective on history is not necessarily something that everyone enjoys or would expect.

#11 Comment By rory On March 10, 2009 @ 4:55 pm

i think there was a miscommunication above.

#12 Comment By David On March 10, 2009 @ 6:25 pm

Miscommunication on EphBlog? Inconceivable!


By the way, we are always looking to recruit more authors (anonymous like Soph Mom or otherwise), and there seem to be several different members of the class of 2010 above. Please join us! Alumni and parents around the world want to read about your experience at Williams.

#13 Comment By PTC On March 10, 2009 @ 6:40 pm

David- A Williams conversation that digresses into a sea of politically correct confusion and accusations of sexism, nationalism, class ism and racism? Not a chance!

#14 Comment By frank uible On March 10, 2009 @ 6:44 pm

Also antiestablishmentarianism.

#15 Comment By frank uible On March 10, 2009 @ 7:20 pm


#16 Comment By EphBlog was there On March 10, 2009 @ 8:29 pm

and may be supercalifragilisticexpialidocious!

Surgeon General’s Warning: Use of the word ‘Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious’, even in small amounts, may lead to an increase in blood sugar, risk of diabetes, and a desire to watch very old kinescopes of “The Dick Van Dyke Show’. Cases of advanced Morey Amsterdamism have been know to be fatal!

#17 Comment By mme On March 10, 2009 @ 9:01 pm

student10. major miscommunication. sorry about that. i read ‘get’ to mean ‘made’. i.e. the girls couldn’t understand what he was saying because it was beyond them?

yeah. i was attacking you for nothing at all.

#18 Comment By student10 On March 10, 2009 @ 9:11 pm

Sorry- I read it again a few times and I suddenly understood what you meant…