Don’t let that horde of political science kids through the door. Please.
BY ANNABEL MARSHALL — email@example.com
JUDGE MAY: We are here today to hear the case of Michael Plegger, a sophomore English major. Plaintiff, state your case.
PLAINTIFF: Hello, your honor. My name is Dr. Kelly Garcia and I’m teaching Romanticism Literature. Michael is a student in my class who has, to the best of my knowledge, never read a word of the assigned reading. Despite this, he insists on participating in class, including shouting out tangential comments while I am lecturing. I have been told I am not allowed to have students drawn and quartered, so I seek punitive damages in the form of Aggie Cash.
JUDGE MAY: Alright. You may proceed.
PROSECUTION: The Prosecution calls a character witness to the stand. Can you please state your full name for the court?
WITNESS: Derek “Socks” Tripp.
PROSECUTION: And the “Socks” is a fraternity nickname, correct?
WITNESS: Yeah. Alpha Kappa Omega Phi Kappa Kappa.
PROSECUTION: Can you explain the significance of your nickname “Socks” for the court?
WITNESS: You don’t wanna know.
PROSECUTION: Alright. You sit next to the defendant in class, do you not?
PROSECUTION: You do not?
WITNESS: Yes. What?
PROSECUTION: Do you or do you not sit next to Michael in English?
WITNESS: Who’s Michael?
PROSECUTION: Short guy, blue glasses. Has introduced himself to you several times.
WITNESS: Oh yeah, that guy. He sucks.
PROSECUTION: Witness dismissed. The Prosecution rests.
JUDGE MAY: Thank you for your testimony, Derek. You may leave.
WITNESS: Nice wig, May. See you at the kegger.
JUDGE MAY: Sure thing, Socks. Strike that from the record, please. Defense?
DEFENSE: The Defense calls the defendant, Michael, to the stand. Michael, did you do the reading?
DEFENDANT: Of course.
DEFENSE: Can you tell us a little bit about it?
DEFENDANT: Of course.
DEFENSE: Please do that now.
DEFENDANT: Sure. I think, personally, for me — and I think, when we look at society as a whole, honestly — and I don’t want to generalize, but pretty much all of society — if you look at the juxtaposition between… what is being juxtaposed — and it really all boils down to like — I truly believe, in my heart — Marx once said, and I don’t think I’m misquoting, he said — don’t you think — well, actually, if you just analyze the historical context of this — there seems to be a lot of tension between —
DEFENSE: Alright, alright. Can you tell us a little bit about Romanticism as a whole?
DEFENDANT: Definitely. Most times, like 90% of the time — and you can take any book from, you know, any book off the shelf — I know, I wish, I hope that one day we as a people of America — look, and I say this out of love, though it pains me to say this — the ethos of this whole operation, really —
JUDGE MAY: Enough! It seems to me that you have no idea what you’re talking about.
DEFENDANT: Obviously not, I’m an English major.
JUDGE MAY: This is ridiculous. Surely, after being in this class for eight weeks you should have something to show for it.
DEFENDANT: Hey, who are you to judge me anyway?
JUDGE MAY: I’m… Judge May.
DEFENDANT: Well, I’m… a theatre minor.
JUROR #3: Boo!
JUDGE MAY: The jury will keep their emotional reactions to a minimum. Michael, seeing how you are able to speak in such mind-bending riddles that even a professor with a Ph.D. is unable–
PLAINTIFF: M.D. Not Ph.D.
JUDGE MAY: You have an M.D? Why are you teaching English?
PLAINTIFF: No one ever specified.
DEFENDANT: Permission to read some of my poetry? This one is called Ode to Loneliness. Cold hands, harpy’s winged whisper. The hum of life and love and death. Cigarettes.
JUDGE MAY: Please stop. That’s it. I’m calling a mistrial. I have to go rule on whether the men’s basketball team is allowed to play in beach volleyball bottoms.
JUROR #3: Woohoo!
Written by: Annabel Marshall — firstname.lastname@example.org
Disclaimer: (This article is humor and/or satire, and its content is purely fictional. The story and the names of “sources” are fictionalized.)