One running theme in academic circles is that you are always going to have late students no matter what. One of the “solutions” to remedy this is the academic quarter. This is a tradition found at most universities around the world, but most popular in Europe, where lectures will start 15 minutes after the official time written on the schedule. This gives students time to park, find their classroom, and do other things prior to class. It’s a beloved tradition that will likely not go away anytime soon.
In Lund, the love for this tradition went so far that the students actually put down a plaque to mark the meridian of the academic quarter. The plaque reads:
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