I found it difficult to focus on the distinguished part due to the lamentations...some student had too much time on his or her hands. Fortunately.
At least the students at Trinity are reading beyond the syllabus.In his wonderful In Plato's Cave Alvin Kernan writes of a fellow professor who had lost one leg to a land mine, and who thought this a reason to carry a sword cane. One night at a party this man stabbed another faculty member in the behind for what he thought good reason. Other than than that, I can't recall much sword action among faculty in the last many years.