At the Westwood Village Starbucks on Gayley, I walked in and ordered a cappuccino and said that my name is “Matt” so that I could be handed the right drink. When the barista called out my drink, she said “A cappuccino for Matt Kahn — the best econ professor ever”. I was then handed this cup.
I take great pride in this “cup award” but I must admit that I didn’t recognize the student who was kind enough to give me this honor. That troubled me. I looked at her and she looked vaguely familiar but UCLA classes are so large that I only really get to know a subset of students. My environmental economics class this winter will have 100 students. That’s a big elective! Now, this student may have been playing an “Ashton Kutcher “Punked”” on me but I still enjoyed my 15 minutes of cappuccino.