An anonymous 1L writes:
Dear Armen,Easy. Bunch of douchbags. I'm not so sure about the boundary issue, but it's just ass kissing to the extreme that's more common maybe at Haas. Over there it's customary to give 15-20% of your student fees for services rendered. If you want to give them something, go to their office hours and thank them for the time they are putting in on your behalf. It is not a tradition that I am aware of, and if some mods did buy gifts last year, they shouldn't have. It's tacky. Let firms do the gifting.
I am a 1L at Boalt. Recently my mod has started talking about all chipping in money to purchase gifts for our professors, ASP tutors, and LRW TAs (About $5 per mod member, total).
The pro-gift folks claim it is a tradition (how did they find this out?).
The anti-gift folks say it is odd, and potentially a boundary issue.
Who is right? Did your mod do this? Do most people do this? Will our professors and fellow students think we are douchesbags?
To Give Or Not To Give