The last day of the semester, I wore ratty clothes to teach. I usually dress pretty well, so the fact that I wore jeans and a t-shirt to class was peculiar. As a "fun" "cool" "awesome" end-of-the-semester activity, I asked my students to come up with creative reasons for my change of garb. Their responses, as they were written, are below.
…because it’s Friday. Not only is it Friday, but it’s the
last Friday of class and comfort was in order to tackle it.
…because he was running late after returning from his secret
life of fighting crime. He and his nemesis Fierce Frosty were engaged in a viscious
battle and lasted a little too long.
…he wanted to demonstrate the importance of appearance, or
he wanted to be casual, or he wanted to show us what we looked like when the
…because he is letting us know that relaxation is nearing quickly.
Christmas break will be very relaxing, which is reflected by Ian’s clothing.
…because he ran out of clean “teacher” clothes and his
laundry machines are broken.
…he either forgot about laundry Tuesdays or he has given up
more than his students have.
…because he is conducting an experiment testing the
psychological effect of unprofessional clothing.
…he’s feeling like relaxing on the last lecture of the
semester. He dressed up almost every day during the semester, therefore he
wants to wear some non-fancy clothes. It also is the last lecture so it really
does not matter, the semester is basically over.
…he wants to camp out for the men’s basketball game tomorrow
night. He wants good seats so he’s leaving right after class to go get a good
spot in line.
...because his closet full of suits was taken by the dry
clean workers and thereby putting a halt to his undercover spy business attire.
…it all boils down to the occurrence at Ian’s favorite
drycleaners on 12th and State St. He often takes the large van of his there weekly to dry clean and press his impressive array of dress clothes. This morning, however, when he went to pick up the laundry, he was very disappointed because…
…either you’re too busy working on grad school things or you
got beat up by a hobo on your way to class and you don’t have any more nice
…this morning Professor Dejong got attacked by a pack of
wild dogs while walking to his car outside of his house. He began to run and
eventually found a tree that he could climb. Turns out the dogs were more
interested in his clothes than him. He took off his suit and threw it to the
dogs. They took his clothes and ran off with them. He ended up taking his
clothes from the next guy he saw.
…because it’s the end of the semester and it’s a Friday.
There is no need to provide any further explanation.
…because he can not only dress as a classy gentleman
everyday of the week, but he also has a down to earth look. Casual Friday
allows him to dress like a humble barista. Even professors need to let their
hair down and kick off their dress shoes for a bit. They work harder than the
students do in some instances.
…because it is the last day of class he wanted to dress more
casually. Or, last night Ian was preparing to go to bed, but he realized he had
no toothpaste. He threw on his current outfit and ran out the door. On the way
to the store he passed the nurse’s dummies. They chased him all night and he
fought for his life, then came to class.
…because he decided, “What the heck, it’s Friday!” Or maybe
his dress clothes decided to wage a battle against each other, trying to figure
out which were warmer in this approaching winter. I like option 2—battling
…because all of the rest of his clothes randomly burst into
flames when he looked at them. He may have super powers that he doesn’t even
know he has where he can suddenly make things burst into flames when he’s
bored. OR he just didn’t want to wear a suit because jeans and a t-shirt are
more comfortable. Personally, I think it’s the super power reason.
…because he can. Because it’s comfortable and it’s pretty
much the last day of school. And the shoes aren’t that holey…I have a much
older junkie pair of shoes. Maybe he’s dressed like this because he’s going to
work at the “Roastery” and has to wear it. Or…he’s painting…who knows…
…because he wants to dress how he feels.
…because it’s the last day of the semester and he wants to
be comfortable knowing the end (finals) is near. I mean I would do the same
…I believe there is a secret society in Marquette University, that the last day of
class is national jeans day for teachers because my physics teacher, along with
Ian DeJong. They are all probably going to party and celebrate that they don’t
have to be with us any longer.
…I have no idea why Ian is wearing such an outfit today
rather than his usual apparel. As much as I wish I could think of a significant
reason I can not rationalize any cause for this. Instead I shall impart upon
thee the knowledge of chemistry jokes. Wanna hear a joke about nitric oxide? NO
…because Fridays are chill days. Plus he ran out of time do
to his laundry while grading our Unit 4 papers. He only had dress socks that
were clean. No button-ups or nice pants.
…It is clearly casual Friday or it may be due to his
knowledge of the bring back courts. If that’s the case, then Daniels better
watch his back. Ian is already ahead in the count based on his position to the
scoring of his shoes with the holes. This creates a water that brings up the question
of how is Daniels still around. This will all conclude at the bring back courts
later tonight during the first time for slime!
Creativity at work. What a fine source of joy.
Long live the end.