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Helfand Taking Leave of Absence

Frontiers of Science mastermind David Helfand has gotten a promotion! After embarking on a bold experiment last year at Squamish, Canada’s Quest University, he has been named  “acting president”. According to the National Post, “he will take a paid leave of absence from Columbia and move to Squamish in January, where he will work, gratis, for the full calendar year, trying to get Quest back on track, attracting more students, and finding his replacement.”

According to the Post, Quest university has seen four university presidents in the past year and continually suffers from “administrative blunders, low enrollment numbers, and negative articles in the press.” The school is just one of the latest attempts to establish respectable small private universities in Canada, whose most famous universities are generally large and public–but at this point, the article says, “Quest is on the brink.”

Bwog would like to remind Professor Helfand to write all his graffiti in both languages.

UPDATE 6:00 PM: As a commenter has suggested, for posterity’s sake, Bwog also asks Professor Helfand’s students to send us pictures of him “getting freaky” on the dance floor.

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  • Seriously... says:

    @Seriously... This post would’ve been more properly titled:

    “Disastrously Impotent FoS Douchebag Takes Leave of Absence, Covers Ass in Wake of Competency-Vacuum”

    1. wtf says:

      @wtf does this even mean?

    1. you win says:

      @you win +1 cuil

  • where says:

    @where is that old post with pictures of him dancing? it was equally entertaining and horrifying.

  • DOES THIS MEAN says:


  • briliant says:

    @briliant canadian bacon link, bwog!!!

  • ... says:

    @... HAHAHAHAHAHA… that picture has brought a little bit of chear into this dreary day… thank you bwog… i remember how hard i laughed the first time i saw it

  • I'm serious says:

    @I'm serious Instead of FoS, just read this:

    A layman’s history of science that actually explains how science happened in a really cool way (i.e. all the good stuff your teachers left out). I can’t recommend this book enough.

    1. it's honestly says:

      @it's honestly pretty pathetic that a pop science book can effectively replace frontiers of science

  • Wait says:

    @Wait This man is moving far north from January through January to take on a Quest? Clearly he’s Santa Claus!

    1. EAL says:

      @EAL Aw dammit, someone beat me to it. Professor Helfand, what kind of cookies should I leave for you on December 24th?

    2. wouldn't says:

      @wouldn't it be funny if Santa turned out to be fanatically atheist, like Helfand?

      1. It would be funnier says:

        @It would be funnier If Karl Marx was Santa.

        1. duh says:

          @duh distributing gifts in a ‘supposedly’ egalitarian way and based on a list that an autocrat controls?

          a worker community of elves all living together?

          co-opting red as his color all year round?

          come on

  • style says:

    @style squamish, british columbia. not squamish, canada (if you knew better, you probably wouldn’t say Barack Obama of Chicago, USA)

  • TNB says:

    @TNB fathering children before age of 18

  • is it just me... says:

    @is it just me... or does Helfand look like Karl Marx?

    1. lol says:

      @lol no one has ever before suggested this, you are brilliant

  • Alum says:

    @Alum In my day, Helfand was thin and his hair was bright red, albeit with a bit of gray here and there. Damn I feel old.

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