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He undresses

If you think Frontiers of Science is a boring, useless class, think again—the Core’s most infamous class went wild today.

According to our reports, the first class of the physics unit was running a bit late when the lights went out. When they came back on, professor Emlyn Hughes was in the spotlight.

Then Snoop Dogg’s  Lil Wayne’s “Drop It Like It’s Hot” started playing in some sort of weird combination with deadmau5, Billy Joel, and Die Antwoord (UPDATE: we’re pretty sure this is what was playing) and he started to undress and put on a hoodie and sunglasses. After that, he curled up into a fetal position in his chair as images of 9/11, terrorists, and Nazi Germany started playing on the projector.

Finally, the show was interrupted by ninjas who appeared and smashed puppets onstage.

But none of this was as offensive as the fact that he proceeded to display a Big Bang Theory clip in a “Science” class.

We shit you not. And it makes no sense to us either.

Here’s the video:

FroSci Gone Wild from Bwog on Vimeo.

Update, 2/19 4:30 pm: The University has finally released a statement saying that “appropriate academic administrators” are “reviewing the facts of this particular presentation.”

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  • Looked at my calendar says:

    @Looked at my calendar to see if it was April fools already.

    1. I weep for my Core says:

      @I weep for my Core Sing, goddess, the anger of Columbia’s Core Curriculum
      and its devastation, which put pains thousandfold upon the students,
      hurled in their multitudes to the lecture hall strong students
      of literature, but gave their bodies to be the delicate feasting
      of physicists, of all scientists, and the will of Helfland was accomplished
      since that time when first there stood only Lit Hum
      Columbia’s true son, the lord of classes, and also brilliant CC

      1. Homer says:

        @Homer You’re so fucking hilarious.

      2. I Wish says:

        @I Wish I could like this a hundred times over

  • Anonymous says:

    @Anonymous A desperate attempt to dress up a disastrous course in cool…

    1. NO. MORE. FROSCI says:

      @NO. MORE. FROSCI Very strongly believe the course should be eradicated immediately.

  • CC 14 says:

    @CC 14 Dying to see a video of this.

  • Ivana Hughes says:

    @Ivana Hughes better keep her hubby in check

    1. YUMMERS says:

      @YUMMERS Ivana, somebody out there is eyeing your hubby ;)

  • his explanation says:

    @his explanation “To understand quantum mechanics, you have to undress everything, start new, and forget all the bad stuff.”

    1. Bravo says:

      @Bravo Couldn’t have put it better myself

  • cc 15 says:

    @cc 15 get a video of this!!

  • I wish this had happened in my quantum class.... says:

    @I wish this had happened in my quantum class.... I had a quantum class this morning, and mine was NOT this exciting. Please tell me someone can get a working link to this video posted, so everyone who has to suffer through the mathematical explanation for particle in a box can live vicariously through the freshpeople who got to witness this.

    1. Anonymous says:

      @Anonymous If you feel troubled by particle-in-a-box problems, then I worry for you.

      1. Anonymous says:

        @Anonymous by “troubled” I mean bored ;)

  • 9/11 says:

    @9/11 too soon.

  • Artur says:

    @Artur Video has been fixed, we’ll get a Vimeo version up shortly

    1. Artur says:

      @Artur Vimeo is up!

  • Anonymous says:

    @Anonymous typical emlyn

  • Anonymous says:

    @Anonymous *9-11 footage on screen*

    Girl: this is literally the taliban!

  • Sherry J. Wolf says:

    @Sherry J. Wolf This is offensive and sexist. How does hosting a stripper help students learn science? My advice to you, drop out now and join me at occupy. Shameful.

    1. Seriously says:

      @Seriously @Sherry J. Wolf: Just shut up

    2. Sherry J. Wolf says:

      @Sherry J. Wolf How dare you down-vote me. You must be racists. This is why we need re-education camps.

      1. Honestly says:

        @Honestly I cannot tell if this is sarcasm or not. Really hoping it is

        1. Meta says:

          @Meta I cannot tell if this is sarcasm or not. Really hoping it is

  • wtf says:

    @wtf I would be legit scared for my life if I was there

    1. Anonymous says:

      @Anonymous Can we have an anonymous poll to see how many people actually thought (even for an instant) that they were in danger of suffering physical harm?
      Because I know I am a paranoid fuck before I’ve had my morning coffee, but I can’t have been the only one…

  • Julius SEASar says:

    @Julius SEASar This isn’t real science. Real science requires endless note taking and at least 4 chapters of material per lecture.

    1. Welcome to the 21st century says:

      @Welcome to the 21st century Track comments exists, Sherry

      1. It's not really her says:

        @It's not really her it’s a satire, fuck nut.

        1. Welcome to the 21st century says:

          @Welcome to the 21st century Oh I know, there’s just a limit to the number of “funny” statuses you can post without someone realizing that this is apparently the best thing you have to do with your time…

        2. Anonymous says:

          @Anonymous not to bright…but very angry

    2. A real scientist says:

      @A real scientist BAZINGA!

      1. Ahem says:

        @Ahem “None of this was as offensive as the fact that he proceeded to display a Big Bang Theory clip in a ‘Science’ class.”

        Thank you, Bwog.

  • Willing to bet says:

    @Willing to bet Hughes did this to force Columbia to put freshman science out of its misery.

  • lazy college senior says:

    @lazy college senior not sure what the point of this was, but I’m digging that Snoop mix

    1. lazier says:

      @lazier i know, right? anybody got a link?

      1. Anonymous says:

        @Anonymous Not a Snoop mix, but instead an old Manny Fresh/Lil’ Wayne song of the same name.

  • Heh says:

    @Heh I only wish he did that in Physics 1401…

  • Reason says:

    @Reason I think we have not given enough weight to the possibility that he actually WANTS to draw criticism for FroSci and get it cancelled. maybe its a stretch because he’s taught (and teaches) the class, but not all faculty members are fans.

    assuming he is at least moderately intelligent, how could he think that this would go over well? it seems like he purposely chose things that were offensive–there are many other ways to seem ‘cool’ or shock students into being interested– but showing 9/11 videos and undressing on stage? he could not have simply been trying to make a point to the students.

    if you thought to yourself “hmm how can I get fired today”? a sure fired way would be to STRIP AND SHOW VIDEOS OF TERRORISTS AND NAZIS.

    1. Doubtful says:

      @Doubtful given that his wife is one of the faculty members who design the curriculum of the course

    2. Or says:

      @Or Maybe this is exactly what he wanted to communicate to his students: that like quantum mechanics, it’s possible to describe what’s going on, but no one can explain why it happens.

  • Jealous Senior says:


  • Anonymous says:

    @Anonymous This is a great work of art! A very inspiring move on behalf of the prof. I don’t think he was exploiting 9/11 for shock value. In a sense he was letting his own demons out–things which he has to leave behind in order to engage in physics. Wonderful demonstration, wish I could’ve been there.

    1. Anonymous says:

      @Anonymous Stripping naked and showing videos of 9/11, Nazis, and terrorists is a “great work of art”? You need to go get your head examined..

      1. YUMMERS says:

        @YUMMERS the only work of art there was his body. I apologize in advance if you’re unable to book office hours with him. He’ll be doing a personal striptease for me.

    2. Is this a joke? says:

      @Is this a joke? “In a sense he was letting his own demons out–things which he has to leave behind in order to engage in physics”

      He had to leave behind 9/11 and that morning’s pants in order to “engage” in physics? I’m all for catharsis and therapeutic experiences, but really?!

  • EMLYN HUGHES says:


  • CC '16 says:

    @CC '16 Of all the days to skip FroSci, I chose today…

  • cruisin' UWS says:

    @cruisin' UWS No more vertical videos, please.

  • Annonymous says:

    @Annonymous I am appalled. Given the sensitivity of guns and violence in our country right now, this was offensive and scary. It was awfully reminiscent of James Holmes movie theater shooting and I would have been very afraid if I had been there. His skit was designed to elicit fear. Pulling out what appears to be a gun after sitting there watching disturbing images is very poor judgement and he is lucky he wasn’t tackled by someone thinking he had lost his mind and that he was going to hurt someone. He probably needs a mental health evaluation before being allowed to teach again.

    1. you have stirred me to poetry says:

      @you have stirred me to poetry i hear america crying.
      i hear america crying.
      but not any children crying.
      because we never let anything
      bad happen to them, thank god.
      see-saws are too dangerous,
      the Internet is too mean.
      Every issue is a mental health issue.

      I hear america crying.
      Your right to free speech
      only extends up to my
      right not to be uncomfortable
      with anything..

      I hear america crying.

    2. thepoet says:

      @thepoet Odd that my role as poet has been usurped from me by quite a clever poet/poetess themselves.

      Therefore, in lieu of having to compose a vitriolic poem, I will only say “fuck you” and “grow a sense of humour.”

      1. Bob says:

        @Bob Nobody has the right to not be offended.
        You do have the right to close your eyes, close your ears, turn the channel, or walk away.

    3. brg says:

      @brg The only similarity between microphones and guns is their phallic imagery as used in hip hip and rap.

    4. Sherry J. Wolf says:

      @Sherry J. Wolf Let’s start the call for Hughes to step down! Join me in checking his privilege!

  • Anonymous says:

    @Anonymous You guys, science can be fun!

    Let’s do a back-of-the-envelope calculation for how high the attendance for next week will be relative to this week.

  • Anonymous says:

    @Anonymous just to clarify..this guy is a brilliant professor and works at CERN…so like its not that he isn’t intelligent. he’s obviously trying to make a statement about something. i’ll be interested to see what the school’s response is.

  • Also says:

    @Also he wore the sunglasses with his hood up for the entire lecture. The whole time.

  • nilay kumar says:

    @nilay kumar FYI : I’m a sophomore; I work for Hughes lol
    So I emailed Emlyn: “So I heard frontiers of science was pretty interesting today! What did I miss?!”
    and he replies: “Nothing. All just exaggerations :-)”

    1. Anonymous says:

      @Anonymous @nilay kumar: I hope he fires you for posting private emails on the internet.

  • engineer who took his class says:

    @engineer who took his class i feel that he will be fired for this…

    1. Academic Politics says:

      @Academic Politics Can you say tenure?

  • Anonamoose says:

    @Anonamoose Bwog, this is not Snoop Dogg. It’s Lil Wayne and Mannie Fresh. Come on.

    1. Bwog says:

      @Bwog Back that azz up.

  • Amy says:

    @Amy “Yeah, um…. is this gonna be on the exam?”

  • Anonymous says:

    @Anonymous I’m pretty sure that one girl said “Hi Saddam” at 3:49. Is the audio not matched to the video, or do some Columbia students really not know what Joseph Stalin looks like.

    1. Anonymous says:

      @Anonymous ?

    2. Anon says:

      @Anon What I don’t understand is how no one else has commented yet on the two girls’ reactions to the video (aside from misidentifying the song)–what the fuck. Who are these girls, and why are they allowing idiots into our school? If my professor started showing that shit in one of my lectures, I’d shut the fuck up and pay attention (even if only to make sure that my life wasn’t in danger). My major problem with that video was them, not anything on that stage or screen. I hope they’re ashamed that a large percentage of their student body heard them portray themselves like asinine children.

  • anon says:

    @anon Terrorists should have executed Schrodinger’s cat in the middle of the show. Would have been a better connection with quantum mechanics…
    Or maybe the Physics section is done and they are now going over the history of hallucinogenic drugs (would explain the sunglasses, actually).

  • Jesse Pinkman says:

    @Jesse Pinkman FUCK YEAH, SCIENCE!

  • CC '12 says:

    @CC '12 Oh, Columbia, how do I love thee? Let me count the ways.

  • Story of the core says:

    @Story of the core “How is this relevant to anything?”

    1. Truth says:

      @Truth Read Allan Bloom you stupid sack of shit

      1. Really? says:

        @Really? Really! For an educated ( supposedly) person, you haven’t mastered the fine art of tact. Must you use the “f” word in every sentence? Can you respond without insult? What a hater!

  • Anonymous says:

    @Anonymous It’s funny, my instinctual inclination was to assume the girl saying “What’s happening?” was from barnard

  • Will.I.Am says:

    @Will.I.Am There is no doubt in my mind that this is somehow related to the illuminati.

  • GS '1X says:

    @GS '1X Damn I love not having to take FroSci

    or LitHum

    or CC

  • Anonymous says:

    @Anonymous I’m more offended that the girls in the video and the author thought that was Snoop Dogg’s “Drop it Like Its Hot.”

  • gay says:

    @gay Is he hot? I didn’t get a good look at that bod.

  • Karim says:

    @Karim Wow. So let me get this straight, nobody raised their hands after all of that to ask what the fuck just happened? Y’all just sat in complete bafflement for the next hour?

    1. brg says:

      @brg Kids these days. They could learn a thing or three from you.

  • Former SEAS says:

    @Former SEAS I always wondered whether CC was as fun as it looked. Now I know.

  • Angered Person says:

    @Angered Person This is a terrible case of Vertical Video Syndrome. Bwog, you need rehabilitation immediately. These symptoms can be contagious when exposed to such a large audience.

  • But seriously though says:

    @But seriously though Where’d he get a sword from?

  • But seriously though says:

    @But seriously though Where’d he get a sword from?

  • nick herbert says:

    @nick herbert No amount of contrived classical weirdness
    Can approach the twisted marvel of quantum reality
    Which Nature displays effortlessly
    In the depths of Her tiniest phenomena.

    1. yes but says:

      @yes but oh the torment bred in the lecture halls
      the grinding scream of stress
      the stroke that hits the vein
      the exam no one can pass, the grief,
      the course no one can bear

      but there is a cure, and it’s not Adderall, no,
      not answers from others but from them,
      their bloody strife. we sing to you,
      dark gods beneath the earth

      now hear, you blissful powers underground –
      answer the text, send help (answers to problem set plz)
      bless the undergrads, give them vacation now

  • Anonymous says:

    @Anonymous so these are the joke science classes they take in CC? grade inflation anyone?

    1. nilay kumar says:

      @nilay kumar aww, is someone sad because they don’t get good grades? boo hoo

  • Anonymous says:

    @Anonymous If OMA somehow finds a way to get involved in this…..

  • Ezekiel Hornblower, Phd. says:

    @Ezekiel Hornblower, Phd. Any ideas how I could find a copy of this video in China? I live behind the Great Chinese Firewall, and the instant url is blocked here. I’d love to show a copy to my kids here. Thanks!

      1. Ezekiel Hornblower, Phd. says:

        @Ezekiel Hornblower, Phd. Thanks for your help, Hmm. Alas, Mediaite is blocked too. U folks don’t know how good u got it, livin’ in the free cyber-world.

        Oh well, at least the beer is cheap. :)

        1. Tor says:

          @Tor use it

  • Darrell says:

    @Darrell this is what happens when communist professors are allowed to teach in our schools of lower learning. maybe they should be giving them a piss test before each class. Someone in this video has a cocaine problem.

  • John says:

    @John My question would be how a person could reach the point of being qualified to take a course in quantum mechanics (never mind teaching it) without coming to the realization that steel-framed skyscrapers don’t “collapse”.

    1. b says:

      @b educate yourself. watch the discovery channel’s anatomy of the collapse. do be such a know it all conspiracy theorist

      1. John says:

        @John Putting common sense aside, I’m not sure how a program on the Discovery Channel could be more informative than, say, a Web site reflecting the views of over 1,700 professional architects and engineers, but if you point me in right direction I’ll be happy to educate myself.

      2. John says:

        @John Found it: Your reference is to a TV special featuring the long-discreted “pancake theory” explicitly rejected by the National Institute of Standards and Technology in 2004. My next question would be: Why would the Discovery Channel involve itself in actively promoting such a piece of unscientific nonsense?

        1. John says:

          @John …and why would any member of the Columbia community take such a thing at face value?

      3. John says:

        @John So much for “undressing everything and starting new”. Long live the emperor and his new clothes!

  • Anonymous says:

    @Anonymous You confused a 15 yr old weezy for Snoop but try to pull off a Die Antwoord reference. Dumb.

    1. Anonymous says:

      @Anonymous yes this is a capital offense

  • CC '16 says:

    @CC '16 I honestly don’t see what the outrage is (I was right in the front row) and think it’s completely idiotic for people to say “Oh this class is such a joke it’s not a real science class”, “So that’s what we’re wasting our money on?” or “oh he should get fired”. People get offended too easily. He proceeded to teach the rest of the class without antics and is an extremely knowledgeable professor. So he stripped to his boxers and had a couple people impale a cat piñata. SO WHAT. He’s not mentally disturbed, he’s not making a huge, sweeping statement about the quality of science classes and I HOPE he’s not made to apologize. He wanted to start class off with a bang. And he did. Get over it.

    1. CC '16 says:

      @CC '16 And also, it’s not a “waste of money” if I actually absorb and learn what he’s teaching me, no matter his methods. So if he has to stand in his boxers every lecture for me to completely understand quantum physics, so be it because I’ll tell you what I’m NOT paying for: a class that I come out of completely unenlightened by.

  • foolish freshman says:

    @foolish freshman You’ll soon learn with FroSci that is EXACTLY what you’re paying for.

  • NoWOW says:

    @NoWOW You guys pay for this shit? You can see this kind of talentless stupid crap at any fucking hipster dig in most cities any day of the week! Fucking paint a bird on it already! Enjoy your memories when your waiting tables as a debt slave later on trying to pay of that student loan. You can get all nostalgic and tell everyone how YOU WERE THERE….

    1. anonymouse says:

      @anonymouse *you’re

  • ResearcherCERN says:

    @ResearcherCERN I know Prof. Hughes personally and as a researcher.
    He has been a great mentor to many people I know, and
    he is always worried about trying to reach the students
    in a class that clearly seems to have people with quite
    widespread backgrounds.

    This whole performance does not achieve that goal, unfortunately,
    in my opinion. But in this blog (and wherever else it has been reported)
    it is taken completely out of context, and gives the impression
    that Prof. Hughes is some sort of nut, which he is definitely
    not. This is a bit unfortunate, and I hope that any action is
    taken (and comments posted) in view of the full picture and
    considering the person and the intentions behind this.

  • SEAS '13 says:

    @SEAS '13 I’d eat my SEAS beanie to have a lecture like this.

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