Where to Hook up at UBC, Part #2

There’s a puerile Vancity Buzz article by Lauren Sundstrom about public places to hookup at UBC. The list includes the English graduate student lounge. The Buchanan Tower is a rather imposing building that was designed by Christopher Erickson in the “Brutalism” style, but don’t let the stark concrete structure fool you; it’s a great place for sexy times. As […]

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PR Lessons from the Gupta fiasco

Wise words from my cohost and producer Sam Fenn’s Facebook page: (1) In the absence of a plausible narrative people will invent their own. Sometimes the narratives other people invent will be extremely uncharitable, even unfair. But silence will only make those narratives seem more plausible. (2) If you try to manipulate the story behind the […]

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Influential philosopher slams UBC, again

Brian Leiter, on the Montalbano/Berdahl controversy at UBC: It’s clear the culture of the place strongly disfavors free speech, especially speech critical of any vested interest (indeed, to the point, that some of the resident lunatics think they can appeal to their administration for remedies for blog posts in the U.S. they do not like!).  This can not be […]

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UBC & Hedgefund Fees

There’s a persuasive op-ed making the internet rounds that advocates universities be forced to spend a larger portion of their endowment. In the piece, Victor Fleischer shows that Yale paid more in management/brokerage fees than the endowment put back into financial assistance: Last year, Yale paid about $480 million to private equity fund managers as compensation […]

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Since when are local politics so sexy?

There are many principles that I truly believe but am utterly incapable of following. One of those is that one’s most important social and political responsibilities are to the issues that are near them, not the issues that are far from them. We all have much more power in our universities, unions, churches, and municipalities than we […]

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What is Academic Freedom and Why Don’t People Get It?

You all know the allegations by now. The chair of UBC’s Board of Governors, John Montalbano, places an angry phone call to Jennifer Berdahl for her blog post suggesting recently-resigned UBC president Arvind Gupta lost a ‘masculinity contest.’  Then, Berdahl’s higher ups subject her to a series of intimidating emails, phone calls, and conversations. If Berdahl’s account […]

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