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Student Complaining About Prof's Indian Accent Fine With Klingon Speaking TA



Attending lectures is a mixed bag for students. For many, it might be a no-brainer, but for some, it’s similar to attending an orgy - you'll only go if you're meant to participate. For 1st year Engineering student Jason Rynfield, however, attending lectures would be much simpler if they had subtitles.

 

Born and raised in Whitecourt Alberta, Jason quite shockingly did not have the most enriching multicultural upbringing. Hoping to ease into life at UofT, he was surprised to find that he had trouble understanding his MAT189 Professor Ravindra Adhikari Ramaswami. When asked to pronounce his professor’s name, Jason drew an expression so blank that he needed a water break.

 

“I swear I really try my best to understand him!” cried Jason. “I’ve been binge-watching so many Bollywood movies!” he continued. Despite the discomfort of the Boundary correspondents, he immediately broke out into a dance sequence from the film ‘Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Gham’ to further prove his point.

 

Nevertheless, all hope is not lost for Jason who got his MAT189 questions answered by Klingon-speaking TA Richard Makarov. “Yeah, I don’t know what it is,” Jason told The Boundary. “Even though this TA is speaking a completely different language, I’m somehow okay with it. Something about Professor Ravijklsfg–you know his name–just doesn’t work for me, I don’t know what it is. I just feel like I have more in common with Richard. He really gets me, he’s why I’m passing the course.”

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