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Academic responds to mention in student's tweet

Jan. 13, 2014 at 12:16 PM   |   Comments

GRAN CANARIA, Spain, Jan. 13 (UPI) -- A Spanish academic whose work was mentioned by a weary student on Twitter responded by saying he didn't think his papers would wind up on anyone's exams.

Aurora Acosta, 19, a student at the University of Las Palmas in Gran Canaria, took to Twitter to lament the difficulty of her exam preparation and said having to study the work of "Torres Mora" was part of the reason her "exam is like a curse," thinkSpain reported Monday.

Acosta's Tweet got an unexpected reply from Jose Andres Torres Mora, 54, a sociology professor at Madrid's Complutense University and a socialist member of the national Parliament for Malaga. Torres Mora authored a paper in 1991 on class differences in workplace settings during the 1980s.

"Haha! I'm so sorry. When I wrote that paper I never thought for a minute it might come up in an exam. Best of luck," Torres Mora tweeted in reply to Acosta.

Acosta tweeted an apology, saying she only insulted the paper because she is feeling "exhausted" and "at the end of her tether."

"I'm nobody to criticize your excellent work," she wrote.

Torres Mora said the student had "nothing to apologize for" and he found her tweets "really funny." He said he had also "said things like that" as a student.

"I'm not at all offended by Aurora's comment -- I answered her to show that the bloke she was having to study was a normal person, just like her," the academic said. "It made me laugh that, 23 years after writing an article in an academic journal, a student would have to revise what I'd written about."

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