A completely understandable snafu in trying to manage the logistics of sending hundreds of students around the world some plastic tubes? Or a coverup?
On Tuesday, August 11th, students registered for this semester’s Organic Chemistry lab course received an email asking for their mailing addresses. Per the email, kits with lab materials would be shipped to students so that they could perform parts of the course’s experiments from home.
This being an Organic Chemistry lab course, some students were understandably worried. What would be in the kits? Glassware? Toxic substances? Material that might harm pets or kids by mere exposure? What would be in the kits?
Students were reassured that there was nothing to be afraid of. There would be no glassware, just plastic; there would be no dangerous chemicals, just water-soluble material. And yet…
…many students have still not gotten their kits. Students have been told that there’s a “delay.” Why? No one knows. The class will continue on without the kits, but such a lengthened delay for what should be an otherwise benign set of materials begs the question once again:
What’s REALLY in the kits?
Our staff has been on the case for about a week, racking (read: haphazardly rummaging through) our brains for theories. And now, like any scientist worth their salt, we present our findings to you. Here’s what (we think) Orgo students are actually receiving in the mail:
Oh, and here’s a list of what students are actually, actually getting (at least in the lab for the one-semester sequence). Should’ve mentioned this sooner!
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