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Professor Cancels Class Due to Sadness Over Pete Davidson and Ariana Grande Breakup


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Students in BIOL 213: Essentials of Vertebrate Physiology woke up to a pleasant surprise Wednesday morning: Professor Herb Chabbers would not be in that day and had canceled the 9 a.m. lecture.

He was not out due to an out-of-town conference or an illness. At least not a physical illness.

Chabbers had an illness of the heart. 

The previous night he had learned that Pete Davidson and Ariana Grande had broken up.

The 90-year-old professor explained his absence in an email to his students. “As I’m sure you are all aware, the OG of Big Dick Energy, Pete Davidson, recently split up with the absolute ~queen~ and second coming of Mariah, Ariana Grande,” Chabbers wrote. “I’m sure many of you are having trouble coping, and I know for a fact that most of the faculty is absolutely reeling right now. Because of this, I am cancelling today’s lecture. I hope that you all use this time to collect yourselves.” 

Students in the class were grateful for the cancellation.

“I honestly can’t even right now, so it’s nice that Professor Chabbers also can’t, because like, I can’t right now,” College senior Becky Haroldson said. 

UTB reached out to College Dean Steven Fluharty for comment, but he was unintelligible between sobs.