After searching for the tables and chairs, all the missing items were found as they were set up in the classrooms… on the roof of VPH. Class continued per usual, legs crossed on the floor on the third floor until maintenance could retrieve all the furniture.”
Many of NWC’s best jokes are still prized for their cleverness, but the longest running joke belongs to Professor Scott Monsma, professor of sociology and criminal justice. It began with a small rock from outside the Learning Commons given to him by a student. Monsma had given it back to her, only to find it had been given back to him. The rock slipped into his bag. “So then it started,” Monsma said. “I sent the rock to her via campus mail – but inside an insulated travel mug. She later brought cupcakes to class, and the cupcake she had gave me had the rock baked inside it.” The rock had later been given back in a hollowed-out book by Marlon Haverdink, given back to Monsma in a carved pumpkin, sent back to the student’s dorm room by another student in a screwed-down wooden box after Christmas break (the screws used were not industry standard), only for her to send it back to Monsma stitched up in a large stuffed animal on Valentine’s Day. Instead of giving back the rock, Monsma sent back the stuffed animal with a mocking note, only to hold onto the rock so he could mount it on a plaque as a graduation present.
Campus pranks have been accomplished throughout the years, and they will continue to happen as long as young adults are bored and have a craving for excitement and humor. It may be easy to get riled up in the moment of these events, but as Dr. Edman says, “really good practical jokes are vital for a strong, light-hearted campus community.”