On November 6th, on two separate occasions, a lecture was ambushed and taken over by a group of protesters to the point that the event could no longer continue.
The first group of protesters was made up of environmental activists looking to show their disapproval of McMaster’s money going toward the funding of a lecture given by Susan Cunningham, an executive at a large oil company.
They came in with drums, making noise and disrupting the talk, forcing organizers to call off the rest of the event after Cunningham’s failed attempts to continue the talk, trying to speak louder than the protesters.
A similar event occurred at a pro-life event put on by campus group Lifeline. This event was set to feature an educated discussion of the issue until a group came in, bringing noise and silly-string, and put an end to that event as well.
After The Silhouette’s coverage of both protests, and an editorial criticizing the tactics of the protesters, Sil newsstands began to be vandalized in an effort to cover up the paper.
Executive Editor of the Silhouette Andrew Terefenko came on Morningfile with Tyler Welch to talk about the week’s happenings. Listen to the full audio here: