The Collegian
Saturday, June 25, 2022

Behind the Syllabus: Joe Essid

What do you do on the weekends?

Work on our country property, garden, work on my blog and

personal writing and grade student work!

What's the craziest thing you did when you were in college?

That I can say in public? Let's see ... Halloween was huge

for me as a UVa. undergrad, and it still is. I once ran

amuck dressed as a bad guy from the old Mel Gibson

film, "The Road Warrior." Some drunk picked a fight with

me and when he threw a punch, I flinched and his fist hit

my motorcycle helmet. Fight over.

What's one thing your students would never guess about you?

That I'm a very selective user of technology. I blog, use

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virtual worlds and can design Web pages, but I don't use

a cell phone and bike to work whenever I can.

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