We at Tenured Radical have been alerted by our pals in the legit educational press (Inside Higher Ed) that there are many more reasons than we knew to hire more women in the STEM fields. Tihomir Petrov of the Cal State Northridge math department is on the lam after having failed to appear in court to answer two charges of public urination, a misdemeanor. Where did he pee? In his department, apparently.
It sounds like revenge urination to us, and a unique way of showing contempt for colleagues that we feel lucky to have never encountered. Imagine coming to work and finding a big puddle of man-pee in front of your office. According to the Los Angeles Times, “In early December, Petrov was captured on videotape urinating on the door of another professor’s office in Santa Susana Hall, according to authorities. School officials had concealed a camera nearby after discovering puddles of what they thought was urine at the professor’s door, officials said.” It seems that Petrov might have an ongoing problem with either retention or rage.
Although the evidence seems strong, Petrov has pleaded not guilty, and there is no sign of him anywhere on the department web site.