These Syracuse students better not text during class. :: Jerome Davis/Icon SMI
Some professors accept technology as a way of life and look the other way at students sending out text messages in the middle of class. Syracuse's Laurence Thomas is not one of them. The renowned philosophy professor has enacted a new policy -- if he catches a student sending text messages or reading a newspaper in class, he'll end the class on the spot and walk out. And he's already done it.
UMass may have missed the Big Dance, but the Minutemen are making a lot of noise in the NIT, coming from 22 points down to beat Syracuse last week and defeating Florida last night to advance to the finals. After suffering through Bruiser Flint and Steve Lappas, the UMass basketball program is finally respectable again, which is nice because it produced some great players (Julius Erving, Marcus Camby), future coaches (Rick Pitino, Al Skinner) and SIOC web producers (me).