Why is Glenn defending an Ivy League professor who stripped down to his boxers during class?

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This morning, TheBlaze reported the story of a Columbia University professor, Emlyn Hughes, who stripped down to nothing but his boxer shorts during the first lecture of his “Frontiers of Science” course.

The class, apparently part of Columbia’s core curriculum, is a lesson in quantum mechanics, and Hughes chose to begin the semester by stripping down to his underwear to change outfits in front of his class, while footage of the September 11 attacks, Adolf Hitler, North Korea, and Saddam Hussein rolled on the projector behind him, and Lil’ Wayne’s Drop It Like It’s Hot played in the background.

The video below captures the event (WARNING: language may be explicit):

The story has become somewhat of a firestorm across the web, with many making a mockery of the event and others questioning why an Ivy League institution that carries a price tag as hefty as Columbia’s ($22,000 a semester) would allow such bizarre behavior. But on radio this morning, Glenn had a surprisingly different take on the incident.

“Now there is a story up on TheBlaze, and this one is going to be counterintuitive. You’re going to think that you know exactly where I stand on this,” Glenn said. “In fact, I’m going to have Stu and Pat explain what’s happening… and then I’ll give you my opinion on this, and I think I know exactly why it’s happening. If you read the story, I think you’ll be outraged and you’ll say this is why I am never sending my kid to an Ivy League school.”

Immediately following the bizarre presentation, Professor Hughes explained his reasoning to the students:

HUGHES: In order to learn quantum mechanics, you have to strip to your raw, erase all the garbage from your brain and start over again. Quantum mechanics, nothing you have learned in your life up to now is in any way – I’ll prepare you for this – because everything you ever do in your everyday life is totally opposite to what you’re going to learn in quantum mechanics. And so I’ve been tasked with the impossible challenge of having to teach you quantum mechanics in one hour what basically the most brilliant minds, Einstein and so on couldn’t figure out working on it their whole life.

“I think, and this will come as a surprise, if you don’t really read the story or if you don’t understand quantum mechanics – and I barely do – I can’t believe I’m depending on a professor that is stipulated down to his underwear at an Ivy League university, but I believe this guy may be genius in his approach,” Glenn said. “Trying to get people to understand the insane in today’s world, with the way colleges are now, and the way college students are now, this may have been the best approach to get their attention.”

“I completely – and I can’t believe I’m saying this because I don’t support very many people on college campuses in their teachings, especially when they’re in their underpants, but from what I know and what I think happened here, I think the guy’s a genius and I think based on what I know, I support him,” he continued. “This is a teacher or a professor that is thinking out of the box, which exactly you have to do. But he is thinking out of the box and I think he’s remarkable and brave because somebody looking in from the outside, they’re not going to understand it.”

It is safe to say that if this guy plans on showing up to every lecture in his boxer briefs, his teaching style may be cause for concern, but for the first day of a very abstract class, this professor may have taken the perfect approach.

“If he’s teaching in his underwear every day, that’s a different story,” Glenn said. “But if he is – I mean, if this is the way he introduced it, I think it’s a great introduction. I mean, not the one I would have selected myself and, you know, I would – I would keep my eye – if I were a parent, I’d keep my eye on this professor, but…”

“If you tried to teach a class in your underwear, there would be no students the next time,” Stu joked.

From there, the conversation quickly devolved into what the ramifications would be if, say, Glenn showed up to teach a class in his underwear.

“You haven’t seen me in my underwear,” Glenn responded. “You don’t know how ripped I am.”

Considering Glenn’s penchant for Twinkies and Devil Dogs, only in an alternate universe could a “ripped” physique be possible.

“That one of the possibilities in an alternate universe,” Pat quipped, “you are incredibly ripped.”

“In another universe,” Glenn concluded, “I’m working out.”


  • http://www.artinphoenix.com/gallery/grimm snowleopard (cat folk gallery)

    The professor indeed is thinking out of the box, as I had figured when reading the article for the first time on the Blaze. 

    Hopefully he will be prepared for the inevitable cascade of abuse and efforts to dispose of him from his Progressive-socialist colleges due to non-PC methodology of teaching. Also, I hope we have not seen just a one-time anomaly by a progressive professor. 

    • http://www.facebook.com/elton.robb Elton Robb

      Actually, QP professors tend to err on the side of Moderation in politics (I don’t know if all of them are against capitalism, but on the whole – – ) .  If you listened to the QP scientists, they kind of say things that are against the Democratic party line.  Like we are the ones in control of the holodeck; basically, your average QP scientist tend to say things that empower you.  It’s up to you in how you use your knowledge.

  • http://youtu.be/R7MC2wu49Cw Sam Fisher

    From what I understand of Quantum mechanics it is more weird than what this guy just did. In another Universe Joe Biden may actually make sense.

    • http://www.facebook.com/elton.robb Elton Robb

      I don’t know how the many worlds interpretation can be “wierd.”  I just accept that all fiction is true, according to it.  The wierdness is simple to understand.  We control our reality, that’s Quantum Mechanics diluted in a nutshell.   They found out that the Universe responds to the common human thought.  Not only that, but there is an infinite number of possibilities happening to us all at once.

      So yes, somewhere in another Universe, Joe Biden makes sense. 

  • Anonymous

    I guess the sad thing about all this is, this teacher, who goes down to his boxers, has a lot more clothes on than a lot of females do now-a-days (for reasons other than teaching).  This guy does it for a purpose to get attention in class, among a lot of older kids in college, and he’s slammed for it.  I could understand if it was a room full of children, but this is a room full of college kids, most of whom probably go to parties, get drunk, get high, get naked, etc. and this is what they are alarmed about?  A dude in boxers?  Please, give me a break.

  • http://www.facebook.com/steve.frisby Steve Frisby

    I only made it halfway through the video and the one thing I am struck by is the vapid comments being made by the students. She says “Hi Fidel” when an image of Joseph Stalin appears on the screen. I assumed Students of Columbia (22k per semester) would sound more intelligent.

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000005016031 Donna Nichols

       I believe she said “hi saddam”, which was appropriate, since the picture on the screen was of Saddam.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1818302965 Daniel Kirk

    I am blessed my college do not teach politcs

  • Anonymous

    It is very hard today to get the attention of some students’.
    Some of their minds are  not in the classroom.
    What a shame for America that a teacher has to resort to
    his boxers to get their attention.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/James-Flournoy/1126383048 James Flournoy

    What seemed obvious was that they paid less attention to the video and mostly focused on him. Yes he got their attention even though the video was of tragic and serious historical events.

  • Anonymous

    Beck admires anyone that is every bit as Slimy & Sleazy as he is!

    • Anonymous

      Why bother posting at all? Go do something productive with your life instead of wasting it on hate!

      You liberal hack! professing love and against hate but all that comes out of your mouth is evil venom. Don’t you know your very words will be held against you on the day of judgement? Why condemn yourself?

  • Anonymous

    The only reason why Beck would stand up for this idiot of a professor is because he is uneducated himself. Whatever that prof was trying to convey to his students, it was a despicable move on his part. It has NO place in any classroom.

    • Anonymous

      So, wait.  Thinking out of the box is despicable now?  LOL  You liberals really are lunatics.

  • Anonymous

    So how do I get to the universe where Romney won?

  • Anonymous

    This teacher got Glenn harder than he’s been in 20 years

  • Anonymous

    I think Glenn would like to see the guy’s boxers come off and then he could have anal sex with the teacher lol

  • Anonymous

    I think it was an inventive visual aid to the concept he was trying to teach. And it’s not like he stripped naked. He even had his back turned.  

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