Michigan State University students had an unconventional math class last week Monday after a 57 year old Mathematics professor, John McCarthy reportedly stripped naked in Calculus 1 class and began screaming that “there is no f****ing God” and “It’s all an act and none of it’s real.” In the age of laptop computers, the most surprising thing is that the students noticed and looked up from their computers. Presumably one student asked the standard question of “will this be on the test?”
Witnesses said that McCarthy was going through a routine derivative equation when he started to talk about his colleagues and how “they’re all actors.” He added that “It’s all an act and none of it’s real.”
According to a freshman, Kyle Hillman who was in the Calculus class, the professor had earlier ranted some words; “Math is all about questions and answers. And Steve Jobs invented the computer, but what do computers do? They ask questions and we answer them.”
Hillman said after the professor finished swearing about God and religion, he pulled a $1 bill from his wallet, waved it a few times, then ran out of the class.
“I had to leave the class. It was pretty terrifying.”
McCarthy ranted naked down the hall of the school’s Engineering Building according to multiple witness account.
Hillman recalled McCarthy has been a little off since the beginning of the class.
“Earlier in the class on Monday, he made a mistake and said, ‘I’m sorry. I say sorry a lot. People say I say sorry too much. I should probably stop saying it’”.
Campus police placed McCarthy in protective custody and later transported him to a local hospital.
Brilliance is sometimes accompanied with mental issues; McCarthy obviously had a psychological meltdown. He was arrested but not charged with a crime. He could certainly be charged with indecent exposure but hopefully the police would show discretion and let him be.
As difficult as it would be for McCarthy to go back to the classroom, the faculty would really help and support him by treating his strip as a case of mental illness, allow him seek help, but not fire him.
Meanwhile, the school has not released any statement on how the matter would be treated, but sources say some members of the management believes the matter should be treated as a misconduct. In the meantime, the school has merely reassigned his classes and would take no further action just yet.
John McCarthy holds a bachelor’s, two master’s, and doctoral degree in Mathematics.