- Kenyon Wilson, a music professor in the US, sought to establish if his students go through the syllabus
- Wilson hid a clue in a textbook that would lead one student to a locker containing KSh 5,600
- At the end of the semester, he opened the locker and discovered that no one had found the money
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A professor sought to find out if his students go through the multiple syllabuses outlining the subjects in the classes.
Kenyon Wilson from the University of Tennessee decided to hide a prize in the syllabus of the music class he teaches.
The hint in the textbook read:
"Free to the first who claims; locker one hundred forty-seven; combination fifteen, twenty-five, thirty-five."
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The hint would lead students to a locker containing KSh 5,600.
When the professor checked at the end of the semester, he found the money was still there.
"It an academic trope that no one reads the syllabus. It's like terms and conditions when you're installing software, everyone clicks that they've read it when no one ever does,” he told CNN.
When Wilson put the reward in the locker, he left a note inside. It read:
"Congrats! Please leave your name and date so I know who found it.”
Wilson took to Facebook to share the results of his experiment.
“My semester-long experiment has come to an end. At the start of the term, I placed $50 in one of our lockers and included the locker number and combination in my syllabus for a class with over 70 enrolled.
Today I retrieved the unclaimed treasure. What academic shenanigans should I try next?” he wrote.
Netizens reacted to the post by writing:
Janet L Howard:
“I had a professor that added a question that could only be answered if you read the syllabus.”
“This is hilarious.”
“I have a professor friend who puts ‘email me a picture of a monkey for extra credit’ in her syllabus.”
Couple hides GHC5,800
In other news, YEN.com.gh reported that a US couple went viral after sharing a video hiding money inside baby items.
Krystal Duhaney and her husband, Patrick, noticed how expensive most essential baby items were.
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