1. Tuesday, December 13, 2005

    The University of Western Ontario Totally Cool 

    With the Saugeen Stripper! (links to all the pictures below)

    There are many reasons why I love Canada – the people are nice, the beer is cold, people love puck, and when i visited there i didnt see one ugly girl.

    But the way that Paige and Alex’s school is handling this Saugeen Stripper scandal is unreal. Apparently what happened was some freshmen wanted to celebrate their buddy’s birthday by hiring a stripper, but they realized they had very little cash and they didnt know any strippers.

    One of their friends said, no problem bros, theres some girls down the hall who strip on the side.

    And sure enough they DID strip on the side and they marched down the hall and did a nice bump and grind for the boys for allegedly $40 (canadian). This was in October and all would have been a fine little tale if it hadnt been for a few dozen pictures that were snapped.

    The other day I noticed a traffic bump on one of our users pages on Buzznet and lo and behold were the pictures that I had been emailed (as im sure all of you had been emailed) and i was all, oh thats smart, someone decided to put them on Buzznet. We’re cool with the nude body, good for them this way nobody will have their email boxes filled up or be cursed with potential virus.

    But no way did I expect the sort of traffic that avrilrulez.buzznet.com is now getting due to the Toronoto Star story about the Saugeen Stripper below. 25,000 hits! Go Avril! Go Canada. And I must say that I’m proud of our neighbors to the north for handling this in an adult manner.

    My only question is, why are the curious only looking at the first two pictures? Those are beautiful young women. Why only check out 2 of the 24 pics? Is it that difficult to keep clicking the photos?

    I guess some guys really finish quickly.

    Toronto Star
    LOUISE BROWN
    EDUCATION REPORTER

    Canadian universities have no business, it seems, in the bedrooms of the campus dorm.

    Yet thanks to the Internet, everyone else can take a peek.

    The University of Western Ontario is investigating an incident in which a female first-year student performed a full striptease and lap dance last week for several males in a residence bedroom, with graphic photos soon sent out over the Internet.

    A Google search on ‘saugeen stripper’ reveals several x-rated photos.

    The incident raises questions about how far a university can go in protecting students, particularly younger ones from themselves.

    But because the young woman apparently performed willingly in the privacy of a residence room and no one filed a complaint, the school says it likely has no cause for discipline.

    “We certainly regret this has happened; it’s not something the university condones and we are very disappointed in these students, but rooms in residence are considered to be students’ homes, and what goes on between consenting adults in the privacy of their homes is considered to be their business,” said Susan Grindrod, Western’s vice-president of housing.

    “What’s different in this case is that these pictures are going all over the world. With the Internet and personal blogs, pictures can be circulated very quickly, and I’m not sure how we would regulate students’ blogs and websites even if we wanted to,” said Grindrod.

    As soon as the raunchy images came to the attention of the administration, officials approached the young woman to ask if she had been forced to strip or tricked into being photographed without her knowledge. She said she had not.

    “We were immediately proactive because we wanted to know if there had been any coercion and she told us she was a consenting participant and she was aware that pictures were being taken,” said Grindrod.

    “If there had been any coercion, there absolutely would have been repercussions. We do plan to talk to the other (male) students involved and continue to review the situation. It’s still early in the game for us to have figured out how to proceed.”

    University dorms have codes of conduct that forbid students from breaking the law. Many take a zero-tolerance approach to students taking drugs and underage drinking, for example.

    Western has a policy that forbids the circulation of “objectionable” material such as racist, homophobic or pornographic images, either written or electronic, with extreme cases leading to the student being asked to leave residence.

    Yet most universities warn today’s highly involved baby boomer parents that campus dorm supervisors will not serve as party police or morality monitors for their children, but will enter a student’s room only if there is reason to believe a law is being broken or someone is in danger.

    “We’re not the alcohol police and we’re not sex police, and I’m not sure we would want to be,” said Grindrod. “And we recognize that many young people in first year may try out new things that can lead to errors in judgment. I’m not sure some of these misbehaviours haven’t gone on in the past. It’s just that today, the images can get sent around the world.

    “I actually feel badly for all the students involved in this incident. It’s a very sad situation.”

    the famous Saugeen Stripper + only inevitable + katie