The following Smith anecdote
was submitted by Richard Olivo, professor of biological sciences
Richard Olivo and his students, sporting matching-colored
One recent day, when Sophie
Demuynck '13, a laboratory teaching assistant for Richard
Olivo, professor or biological sciences, reported for a day
of lab work, she discovered they both had inadvertently chosen
the same colors for that day’s clothing ensemble: black pants,
a blue shirt, and a black sweater.
A group of students, lab
partners in Olivo’s neurophysiology course, noticed the
similarity in dress and commented on the shared style preferences
of their professor and teaching assistant.
Olivo and Demuynck
joked in response about how they had phoned each other that
morning to decide what to wear.
The three lab partners, however,
took it one step further. A week later, the three students
arrived for their lab dressed identically: black pants, blue
shirts and black sweaters.
“It was a sweet joke by three very lively students,” said Olivo. “They are one
of the many reasons I love teaching at Smith.”