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    Suspended professor made salty video to get ‘juices flowing’

    Detroit — A Michigan professor who was suspended after making a profanity-filled introductory video for his students said Friday it was simply a humorous attempt “to get their juices flowing.”

    “If a professor comes in and he’s all high and mighty and using words they don’t understand — that doesn’t help them relax and think. … It was a performance,” Barry Mehler told The Associated Press.

    Mehler, who teaches history, was placed on leave this week at Ferris State University in Big Rapids, 155 miles northwest of Detroit, after school President David Eisler said he was “shocked and appalled” by the video.

    More: Ferris State professor on leave amid ‘disturbing’ profanity-filled course video

    “The president has never liked me,” Mehler, 74, said.

    In a 14-minute video at the start of a new term, he covered a range of topics, including grades, attendance, plagiarism, COVID-19 and the HBO series “Deadwood.”

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