A California university professor has been charged with peeing on a colleague's campus office door. Prosecutors charged 43-year-old Tihomir Petrov, a math professor at California State University, Northridge, with two misdemeanor counts of urinating in a public place. Arraignment is scheduled Thursday in Los Angeles County Superior Court in San Fernando. Investigators say a dispute between Petrov and another math professor was the motive. The Los Angeles Times says Petrov was captured on videotape urinating on the door of another professor's office on the San Fernando Valley campus. School officials had rigged the camera after discovering puddles of what they thought was urine at the professor's door.
The system of higher education in California has long been in dire straits. When professors start peeing on each other's doors, though, you realize that the tensions have grown intolerable. What's next? People defecating on each other at departmental meetings?
This is why I always tell my fellow academics: people, spare yourselves, rest, don't stay on campus until all hours of night, go home, go for a walk, on a date, to the swimming-pool, anywhere. Don't let yourself burn out to the point where pissing on colleagues is the only activity that sounds worthwhile.