I was doing some work in a lab (at a University) on another floor and overheard a conversation that made me laugh out loud. One of the student's mother had called the professor to ask if her child could be accepted in a course or something like that. Apparently the student didn't fulfil all requirements but i'll bet the mother told them all about how good and well behaved etc her child is. A mother calling a professor on behalf of a student. Whatever happened to becoming a independent thinker and philosopher at the university?