Singleton is known around the world (to a small handful of people here and there) as the Resident Old Curmudgeon, a title lovingly bestowed by the History Department at NEIU following the scolding of a graduate class in the 1990s. He insists that it was an atypical experience in his career that presented him mostly with exemplary bright and hard working students. 

 

Here is what he said to the class.