In 1971, the Martlet was partly responsible for bringing about the resignation of the university's president, Bruce J. Partridge, when it reported that he had obtained his law degree from a correspondence school under investigation as a "degree mill." In 2001, the Martlet Publishing Society issued an apology to Partridge for publishing articles that made reference to these events in an anniversary book. A 2003 Martlet article by Patrick White stated that, though Partridge acquired his degree by correspondence, rumours about Partridge's qualifications spread throughout the university and he resigned in November 1971. An article with a statement from Partridge can be found in an archived 1971 issue of the University of British Columbia's paper the Ubyssey.
Until 2004 the Martlet had an "advertising boycott list", which has been dropped to allow for an assessment of each individual advertisement. The Martlet has received criticism for running advertisements that some readers have interpreted as sexist, notably in fall 2004 when they ran ads for "Canada's Search for the Coors Light Maxim Girl."
Well-known people have worked for the Martlet or its precursor the Microscope include Pierre Berton; novelist W.P. Kinsella; journalist Ben Webb (1957-2002), Editor of Sanity, the British Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament monthly; Thomas Homer-Dixon, environmental advisor to the Clinton White House; journalist and labour leader David J. Climenhaga, author of "A Poke in the Public Eye"; and biopsychologist Dr. Eleanor Boyle, author of "Effective College and University Teaching: A Practical Guide".
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