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Student Shocked To Learn ‘They Didn’t Have Cell Phones Back Then, Class’

Student Shocked To Learn ‘They Didn’t Have Cell Phones Back Then, Class’

Old ArticlesSchool September 21, 2016 The New England Classic

STOKES SOUTH — In an incident that would leave them speechless, students in the 1:00PM section of HIST1169 Atlantic Worlds were reportedly “shocked to... Student Shocked To Learn ‘They Didn’t Have Cell Phones Back Then, Class’

STOKES SOUTH — In an incident that would leave them speechless, students in the 1:00PM section of HIST1169 Atlantic Worlds were reportedly “shocked to the innermost part of their being” when their professor revealed that “they didn’t have cell phones back then.” The students’ mind-blowing paradigm shift was only compounded by Professor Jerome Sanderson’s flippancy in revealing such earth-shattering information, noting that he neither stopped to warn them nor allowed them anytime to adequately process news of such magnitude. After divulging this incredible information, Professor Sanderson merely continued teaching and made a quip about the reading being more than 140 characters “or whatever Twitter is.”

One member of the class, Laura Stills (MCAS ’20), who was still in disbelief hours after the class had ended, described the incident in detail. “We were talking the trade between the English colonies and Europe, and he [Sanderson] told us that it took months for information to travel between them, which in itself was weird enough. Then out of nowhere, he just casually drops that ‘they didn’t have cell phones back then’ as if it was nothing. I felt like was being told the earth was really flat, Galactic Overlord Xenu is the one true God, or that two plus two equals five.”

Despite their shock, the students would be left even more stunned a few days later, when in a similarly flippant fashion Sanderson revealed to them that “they didn’t have color TV in the 50’s.”