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The following Smith anecdote was submitted by Richard Olivo, professor of biological sciences and neuroscience.

Sophie's Choice

Richard Olivo and his students, sporting matching-colored wear.

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.”

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