OT: Lest anyone think it’s all erudition all the time in Prof. Obscura’s class…

Upon handing back first set of graded assignments:  Lesson #1 for today:


This is a STAPLER.  I have it on good authority that they are readily available at local retail outlets.  

mini staplers

OMG – LOOK!!  They come in handy pocket size to fit in your book bag!!!



If you just received a paper from me that looks like this one, it means I employed a stapler for you…the price of that service on your next un-stapled submission will be 5 points.

So begins

STAPLEGATE – Fall Semester 2014 Edition

21 comments on “OT: Lest anyone think it’s all erudition all the time in Prof. Obscura’s class…

  1. Servetus says:


    I did this, too. If you didn’t staple your final together you failed. No other way to get their attention …

    • obscura says:

      It seems so simple, yet no. I guarantee that there will be someone, whose 2nd page gets lost somewhere, who comes to me frantic about the subsequent grade…yes Virginia, that’s why I tell you to staple that stuff together!!

      • Servetus says:

        I just told them that I’m a klutz, it’s not that unusual that I fall while carrying the stuff, or am in a bike accident and it falls out, and ooh, then a page of your paper’s gone, or worse, I still have it but read the pages in the wrong order, do you really want to risk that?

    • obscura says:

      The do that (which is creative I’ll grant you)or paperclip, but both or these snag everything in the stack. They also do nothing at all (often with no name on 2nd page).

  2. I’m blown away by the fact that this is something professors have to say! What happened to common sense, pride in your work, etc. My son has had professors that demand the paper be handed in in a very specific type of folder (1/2″ binder or clear sleeve in the front for a title page are just two examples.) I know because good mom that I am I’ve had to go to the store and find them.

  3. They might look into the Swingline® 747® Rio Red Stapler, and be glad you don’t burn the building down.

  4. Leigh says:

    I love it! I had professors who demanded adherence to a professional association style guide, so that the header identifying author and title, plus the page number, were on every page. A prong-&-slide notebook was also required for submission.

    • obscura says:

      I’m not terribly particular really. My uni promotes APA style which hate, but I only rock the APA boat for history majors who I require to use Turabian/Chicago style. The thing is, there are 75 of them and one of me, so if it takes a staple to keep things orderly and controlled? THOU SHALT STAPLE!

  5. katie70 says:

    Thank goodness for online classes, no stapler needed.

  6. phylly3 says:

    Wow! I like to to say I can’t believe it but the sad thing is I can.
    They probably had mom staple their papers at home and are either too lazy or clueless to bother doing much of anything on their own. Life gets progressively more difficult for these types unless they find another slave.

    • obscura says:

      It seems like such a silly thing to spaz about, but if I don’t enforce things like this, bigger things crop up. I wish none of it was necessary…but it is sadly.

    • phylly3, Not sure if your comment was directed at me but I’ve never stapled my son’s papers for him. What I will do is go to a specialty store to pick something up that isn’t part of his normal school supplies. My son works two jobs and goes to school full time so I feel it’s helping not enabling.

      • obscura says:

        I don’t think it was directed at you Tree…sometimes it can be hard to see exactly how these comment strands thread.

        Helicopter parenting (parents calling the dean to have Suzy excused from class for a party or the president for a minor roommate dispute- I wish I was kidding) is a growing issue on college campuses, but picking up some supplies doesn’t qualify anyone for that title 🙂

      • phylly3 says:

        Sorry. My comment was meant to be general. I work in a school so I get a bit perturbed about lazy kids sometimes. Time to take off my cranky pants!

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