Matthew C. Fox, CC '89, was Columbia College's 2007 Class Day speaker. He is an actor on ABC's TV show Lost, and was somehow involved in the 1988 football game in which Columbia broke its 40+ game losing streak.
Fox's selection as speaker angered many in the Class of 2007, some of whom called for him to be replaced. However, these students merely ended up creating several anti-Fox and ironic pro-Fox Facebook groups. The Bwog initially mirrored the anger of many seniors, but gradually took a more detached tone, labelling the affair Speakergate '07.
Despite the general disappointment in Fox's selection as speaker, many students who heard the speech said he was great, if not even better than McCain. Nevertheless, rumors persist that his speech was ghostwritten.
Among the highlights of Fox's speech were his listing of previous speakers, who appeared to far outstrip him in prestige, but, according to Fox, lacked the closeness with the graduating class he purported to share. He noted that unlike Harvard speaker Bill Gates, he was indeed a college graduate. He singled out senior Julia Kite for being quoted in the Spec as not knowing who Fox was, but followed by claiming he had always followed his passions, and that the Class of 2007 should do the same.
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