When my office phone rang, I answered it to find the chairman of the C.I.S. (Computer Information Systems) department on the other end of the line. He was very upset. "You tell your students to stop it!"
"To stop what?" I asked.
"Just tell them to stop it!" he said angrily, ignoring my question. "And to stop it now!"
He then hung up the phone before I could say anything else.
My own department was both math and computer science. I headed the computer science end of it in addition to my...