A former university graduate has shed some light on why Maltese students were singing a Michael Jackson song before dissecting a body at the University of Malta.
“There’s this one professor and he’s quite beloved in the faculty,” the graduate told Lovin Malta.
“He would often do weird things, even when there were no dissections. He’s said he wanted to form a band and to make songs and teach anatomy through music. He’s known to put students on the spot and even embarrass them… it’s just the way he teaches.”
The professor is known to make his students sing with dead bodies in the room, with the singing picking up as the holiday seasons approach.
“I’ve experienced the singing myself, it happened in a lecture I was in before around Christmas-time some years back, as well as some other times,” the graduate told Lovin Malta.
The University of Malta, as well as the medical student’s association, have condemned students for posting the unusual musical video onto social media, but few have questioned why the students were singing in the first place.
While it had been reported that it was to “calm students’ nerves” before dissection, a former student who has experienced the singing himself said it was just part of the eccentric teacher’s style.
The former student explained that his class also sang Michael Jackson’s ‘We Are The World’ when he was in First Year in University.
“I don’t think it’s the worst thing in the world, but in retrospect, he should have been way smarter about it,” the graduate said.
He also stated that while he could not make out the professor’s face in the video, he is confident it is the same lecturer “unless there’s someone else leading a choir in the anatomy department”.
“He’s also the only lecturer to get ovations after every lecture he gave, partly because he expected it, and partly because students loved him for being in your face,” he said.
As eccentric as the lecturer is when it comes to music and anatomy, his former student said he remained professional when it came to the actual dead body.
“He would never let anyone film when the body was exposed, and he seemed to be very respectful of the bodies during the dissections,” he said. “However, in my opinion, it is strange that he makes everyone sing, and it just doesn’t look good on video.”
Lovin Malta has reached out to the lecturer for a comment but has yet to receive a response.