In university, there is no avoiding the one or two or sometimes even three hour lectures. One would assume by the time people are adults in post-secondary education, they would know basic etiquette skills. Alas, from my three years at Brock I have found this is not the case. In fact, lecture etiquette seems to be a completely foreign concept to a lot of Brock students.
The first and most pressing etiquette issue in Brock lecture halls is coming in late. I get it, the absolute mission from East Academic or Glenridge is painful and can result in people being a couple of minutes late to main campus classes. This is excusable to a certain extent because it is no one’s fault (except whoever designed Brock) that Glenridge is the equivalent to Siberia from the main campus. But coming in late, while talking, while carrying freshly bought drinks or food, is not okay. At least pretend you feel guilty, do not advertise the fact you are interrupting the first part of the class by being late because you just had to get your fourth iced coffee of the day. If you didn’t commit to being on time, don’t bother acting like you are committed to the class.
Secondly, eating during class absolutely needs to be addressed. I get it, we have long days, sometimes with only short breaks in between classes, leaving little time to eat. However, students who eat crunchy foods in a silent lecture hall, should be charged with academic misconduct. This is partially a personal pet peeve, but I would say collectively most people hate the sound of someone munching chips or an apple in a silent lecture hall. Just don’t; there are no “ifs,” “ands” or “buts” about this, simply do not eat obnoxiously loud foods in quiet places.
Going on your phone during a lecture is another perfect example of just simply being rude. It is distracting for those around you and disrespectful to the lecturer. Being in third year, most of my classes are small, which I love from a learning standpoint. It blows my mind, that even in these more intimate settings, people are quick to pull out their phones and scroll through social media. As an adult, I think it is common courtesy to put your phone away when someone else is talking even if they are talking about your boring, back-burner class. There is no way around it, going on your phone in class is rude.
This one may get push back, but it has to be said, acrylic nails on Mac keyboards has got to be one of the most annoying sounds out there. Anyone who is not a rookie at getting their nails done knows you don’t type with the nail, you type with your fingers. If you’re going to treat yourself to a full set of nails, please take into consideration no one in the lecture hall wants to hear about it (literally).
Speaking of things no one wants to hear, talking during a lecture is a universal annoyance. Again, this is just a matter of not doing something blatantly rude. Text your friends off of your laptop but for the love of God, do not “whisper” during a lecture. I find it hard to hear on the best of days, but when you are filling your friend in on your experience at dollar beers from the night before, it makes hearing the lecturer impossible. Wait for a break or for after the class, but please for the sake of us hard-of-hearing folk, do not talk or whisper during a lecture. It’s disrespectful to the students around you and it’s rude to the lecturer no matter how you slice it.
Now it’s time for the other side of the coin, lecturers.
I do not mean to insult any lecturer’s intelligence or ability to teach, but there are certain things that make my days of endless lectures a little longer and a little more unbearable.
The first pet peeve is a small font in a big lecture hall. I have glasses and frankly, I can’t see most things. I’ll be the first to admit that I am as blind as a bat, but when lecturers put a light grey font in size nine on a white background, I might as well just pack up my things and leave. At the very least bold the font so I can piece it together to the best of my (weak, barely there) ability.
Now, onto a controversial one, breaks during a lecture. The debate is ever-present; is a 10 minute break every 50 minutes and ending 10 minutes early the same as ending class 20 minutes early? Number wise, yes it is the same. But for anyone who has sat through a two hour lecture with no break, these two are vastly different. In my opinion, a 10 minute break is necessary or at the very least a five minute break. It gives your brain a break, gives you time to run to the washroom or fill up your water bottle.
I am easily annoyed and I am the first to admit it. But lecture etiquette at Brock is completely awful. As a student body, we need to work on the way we treat our professors and peers. These small annoyances add up and can make or break someone’s ability to concentrate during a lecture. Brock, I am begging you to be more aware of your manners and etiquette in lectures.