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  • Natalie Cader-Beutel

Prof Waits Until 12:10 a.m. to Celebrate New Year

For most, UofT time is just another excuse to hit the bong once more before class starts, but for Archaeology professor Harold Jameson, it is a defining part of his lifestyle. Professor Jameson, known by his colleagues and students as a great admirer of UofT time, is planning to wait the appropriate ten minutes and ring in 2021 at 12:10 a.m. this New Year’s.

According to his wife, Jameson, like clockwork, is always late for anything scheduled directly on the hour.

“He showed up at 3:10 for a 3 o’clock appointment and lost his spot, so he had to wait another six months to get that new liver. His mother also says he was born ten minutes past when he was due,” said Eleanor Jameson.

Eleanor and the rest of Harold’s family are worried that the professor’s commitment to UofT time is causing more harm than good:

“Last Christmas, his six-year-old granddaughter asked to eat at 6:03 p.m., seven whole minutes before dinner was scheduled. Harold didn’t even acknowledge her question — he often pretends he can’t hear anything until ten past.”

The professor’s daughter, Erin, also resents Harold’s dedication to UofT time for ruining her childhood. She huffed, “My dad dropped me off at school late, came to my recitals late, and always forgot my birthday. Although maybe that last one was unrelated?”

Jameson refused to comment on his family’s worries, but he sends his best wishes to the readers of The Boundary:

“Happy New Year everyone! Have a drink for me — at 12:10 of course. And as a reminder, for every email I get asking about when your grades will be out, I will wait one extra day before forcing my T.A. to mark them.”



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