Spatial distribution of an academic audience

See image below. A box with an X indicates an occupied seat, while empty boxes indicate empty seats. When there are more spaces (chairs) than audience members, why do law professors prefer sitting at both ends of a room rather than the middle of the room?

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4 Responses to Spatial distribution of an academic audience

  1. Kathy H says:

    Easy escape from the room if you don’t like the speaker.

  2. Kathy H says:

    Is there an answer? acoustics, visual symmetry?

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