December 4, 2015
This week, Neal and I hit the streets with several on-location clips from things happening around campus. We catch a protest in the form of a funeral for our school mascot Thunder. We then stopped by an open house about the new Gage South bus loop and student residence project. On our way to the studio we caught the Vanier Cup celebration in the new SUB. Then we called Justin McElroy, the awesome former Ubyssey editor, about what this win means for football and UBC's varsity program. We then caught up with student Board member Veronica Knott outside their meeting. Finally, we discuss Stuart Belkin, the new multi-million dollar provincial appointee to UBC's Board of Governors.
For our interview today, we speak with Jennifer Berdahl, who became a household name around campus this fall when she wrote a controversial blog post speculating about whether Arvind Gupta "lost the masculinity contest" at UBC, after which the Board of Governors Chair contacted her directly to express his concerns with the post. The fallout from that affair eventually led to the resignation of John Montalbano, the chair of UBC's Board of Governors. We speak to her about academic freedom, diversity in the academy and the search for a new president.