UL Lafayette physics instructor has exothermic reaction
From the 1999-2000 UL yearbook
(Written by my good friend Cheramie Richard)
The Advertiser reports, however vaguely:
An associate professor of physics, Louis Houston, was being questioned by the University Police on Wednesday afternoon. A bomb dog from Fort Polk was brought in to check for explosives, although police described the move as a precaution rather than a response to a specific threat. Police allowed students to return to the hall when the search was complete.
University Police were called to Broussard Hall, the site of physics classes, sometime after 9 a.m. Julie Dronet, a university spokeswoman, said students reported that a physics instructor was exhibiting "erratic and strange" behavior.
The Manning Report guy (I think his name is Jonathan) and phizz have offered some rumors on the previous post commentary. They might hold weight, because they attend the same school as I do (or at least have connections to that school). We'll know more as the reporting comes out. I just heard about it tonight; I don't have classes on Wednesday so I stayed home and slept most of the day. Over six-and-a-half years at UL, I have developed an uncanny tendency to miss all of the crazy events that happen there. It's a good thing, to be sure, but at the same time I'm still one of those people that likes to witness things.
I can't say I know Louis Houston, though I often pass by him on campus. His office door has a poster of Xena and her sidekick on it, with a funny caption along the lines of "Fight the Power." By all accounts he is a likeable guy with a great rapport with his students. Whenever I see him he's walking and chatting with one of his students. To a casual observer, he looks more like a student than a longtime instructor. Not only does he teach physics, but he's also well-known in the Lafayette club scene as a first-rate guitarist. He's even cut a CD.
I hope that this incident is more like the Martin Lawrence exhaustion incident than a deliberately malicious situation. I'll have more on this as it develops.
UPDATE at 10:00 a.m.: according to The Advocate, Houston did the following in his class Wednesday:
--Began shouting obscenities early in the hour
--Wrote "9/11=Now" on the board and threatened the class if they didn't stay seated
--Slapped a student (some sources say on the arm) and said he was God
Depending on the account, he also reportedly locked himself in his office and said he had a bomb. At the same time, another report says that an EMT taking the class managed to calm Houston down enough for him to finish the class session. Only after the class did anyone report the incident to the University Police. Evidently, there is still much to learn.
Update at 1:02 a.m.: Yahoo! We're famous!! (Thanks to Zac for the link)