Interview Conducted by David Symmonds
We all know Dr Hamr, the National Championship-winning soccer coach/Head of the Systems Department. But how much do we really know about this crayfish enthused teacher? In this interview I sit down with the man and ask, among other things, tough questions about Mr. Hutton’s hair and predicting the future. Read on.
DS: So what exactly is Systems?
PH: Systems is an environmental science course. It’s a course that deals with general ecology, and teaches you about pollution and the impacts of human population and resource exploitation. I think it’s one of the most interesting courses in the school and I wish everybody could take it. So, I think it’s very important.
DS: On a scale of one to ten, how much better would you say Systems is than Biology? (I’ll let Mr. Turner know)
PH: It’s equal. It’s a tie, but I think Systems is overall more interesting
DS: We all know Will Hall took Systems and got into Yale; would you say there is a direct correlation?
PH: I don’t know about that, but I know Bhala, Head Steward in the early 2000s, took Systems, got a seven and got into Yale. Let’s just say, Will isn’t the first and I don’t think he’ll be the last.
DS: Do you enjoy teaching Systems more than Bio?
PH: Again, it’s close to a tie. They’re different. I also like teaching the highflying Bio students in FY. There’s now more of a crossover between good science students and people taking Systems and HL. I hope someone gets double this year – the HL Bio prize and the Systems prize.
DS: Would you prefer to teach a course on crayfish or the past glories and present triumphs of the greatest club in soccer, Arsenal FC?
PH: Crayfish, without a doubt. Soccer come and goes, but crayfish are forever.
DS: How would you describe an ideal Systems student?
PH: Top striker in soccer, talented artist and actor, a good science student.
DS: Do you see a lot of them in your class?
PH: I see parts of them…
DS: Now for some questions I’m sure are very pressing for the UCC community. Do you resent not being chosen as having the best hair in the faculty during assembly a couple weeks ago?
PH: A little bit, since I’ve got more hair than Mr. Hutton and mine was blonde at one time. I don’t recall him ever doing anything outrageous with his hair. I once shaved my head for cancer, but I guess that’s ancient history
DS: Would you consider wrestling Mr. Hutton for the title during assembly?
PH: No, he’s too fit. He would beat the crap out of me.
DS: Are E tunes ever coming back?
PH: They’re rumored to come back. I’ve got some good tunes waiting.
DS: Since you did your PhD on crayfish, does that make you a Doctor of Crayfish or Biology?
PH: No, it makes me a Doctor of Crayfish, but there’s no such thing as a Doctor of Crayfish. My real title is Doctor of Philosophy, specialization in Zoology; that’s the study of animals.
DS: Have you ever thrown one of those crayfish parties for a class?
PH: Not for a class, but I throw one at my house every summer. I should think about that. They do the crayfish parties in Sweden every August and that’s when I do them. I have to respect the Swedes and do it at the right time.
DS: Finally, by how many goals do you think Arsenal is going to beat Marseille tonight in the champion’s league?
PH: 2 to 1, Van Persie and Gervinho scoring.