Posted Jan 11, 2004 @ 12:58 AM
BBoA, I've been a professor. I'm a retired one. And I've been involved with Yale.
These conversations take place in hallways, in the faculty lounge, over lunch at the faculty club or (in Yale's case) at Mory's. But they do take place, I promise you. We're not talking about formal channels here. Formal channels are to be avoided whenever possible.
You probably would be astounded to know what kind of discussions of students' academic and personal lives take place in faculty lounge settings. Much of the faculty is as much of a bunch of gossips as the students are, and are just as aware of who is doing what with which other person, doing what in classes, anticipating what will be the next step in their academic or post-academic careers, as are the Louella Parsons of this day and age about movie stars. Maybe more so, since students are so inept at concealing details of their personal activities due to their age and experience level. Believe me, it's quite conceivable that a professor could advise Rory to drop a course based on general discussion with another, or with several other, faculty members
However, again, even given that basis, it's still not entirely credible to me that such advice would be given based on the subject matter of her research. So, she got involved in research about pollution in Mexico. I have no idea what the subjects of the various classes were supposed to be, but I can see a connection between game theory and Mexican pollution, because the pollution game is being treated as a game worldwide (I'll trade you "x" million units of carbon dioxide pollution in the USA for "y" billion units of carbon pollution units in Brazil, e.g.), at least in the abstract.
So I still wonder if there's some connection between this "advice" and Rory's being Paris's roommate when Paris is apparently engaging in a sexual affair with a professor (we've been led to believe by the episodes themselves and the trailers); could it be that some professor doesn't want to have a connection between Rory and himself and Paris all at once?
Well, just thinkin'.