Professors and staff to undergo caveman sensitivity training

Diane Lee O’Neder | Gecko in Residence

Chancellor Wrighton announced earlier this week that all Washington University employees will be required to attend sensitivity training after a professor made a prejudicial statement in front of his class. The inciting incident occurred last week when a certain chemistry professor announced to his large lecture class that their upcoming exam was “so easy, a caveman could do it.” Many students took offense to the remark and lodged formal complaints with the administration.

“It’s insulting and inexcusable,” said Edward Carrington Grogg, a senior of Caveman descent. “Are my parents Cavepeople? Yes, but they’re also doctors and valuable members of our society.”

Grogg and other Cavemen students admitted that this is not the first time they’ve felt marginalized by members of the University.

“You don’t know how many times I’ve heard things like “Hey Cavie where’s your club?” or “Know any good recipes for raw mammoth?” said Amanda Ugg. “It’s so ignorant. I mean my ancestors invented the wheel for Christ’s sake. They created art that has lasted longer than any fresco of Michelangelo.”

Several protests were held last week after word of the comment spread around campus. Students, both Cavepeople and modern humanoids, gathered Tuesday night to celebrate campus diversity and speak out against prejudice. Demonstrations like these are in part what led to Wrighton’s decision to institute mandatory sensitivity training.

“The program will hopefully create a greater sense of understanding in our community,” explained Wrighton. “Freshman floor programs are also being redesigned to include ways to foster discussion about any tensions members of the Cave community may feel. All in all there will be a lot of small changes to unite our campus. It’ll all be so easy that even…someone of any background could do it.”

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