Female Science Professor has proposed a most interesting meme.
What tradition or other general characteristic of academia would you like to see eliminated completely?
According to the rules, which I just invented, the things to be eliminated have to be of a general nature. So, for example, the answer "my department chair" or "my university's moronic president" are unacceptable unless you want to eliminate the general concept of department chairs or university presidents.
The candidates for disposal can be anything to do with academia, from the most momentous of traditions (tenure) to the most bizarre but inconsequential (academic gowns).
My proposal after the jump.
The 4 pm seminar.
Why the traditional time for people to meet in a darkened room, sit in theater style seating and listen to a speaker drone was set at the time when the natural circadian cycle is "nap time", I do not know.
If there is one major factor that establishes nicotine and caffeine addiction in the academic, this has to be right behind 8am undergraduate lectures.
Ban the 4pm seminar.