No more interviews with vampires.

Being a professor is like working inside germy Petri dish. Because college students are perpetually sleep-deprived, stressed, and crammed into crowded residence halls, they are often sick, and every semester, colds, flu, and other infectious ailments circulate freely on campus.

I’ve learned to take the usual precautions to protect my health, like washing my hands frequently and trying to keep a respectful distance from students who seem obviously ill. At least one of my teaching colleagues at Framingham State, however, has taken these precautionary measures to the next level, pinning a cluster of garlic cloves to his office door to fend off vampires. You can never be too careful.