While running late to class, I heard the question, "So, what's the word on the street about this class?" echo from a lecture hall.
As a senior, this left me to wonder about my own choices. Had I selected classes on the recommendation of a classmate? A professor-rating Web site? Or perhaps an overheard conversation between students - essentially strangers?
The reality is that often, despite "the word," you have to take the class that's available, one that fits a time slot, or fills a degree requirement regardless of the teacher's reputation.