A sampling of the issues making headlines in campus newspapers this fall:
• Simon Fraser University:
A code of student conduct passed by the senate in August states that “no student shall, by word or action, disrupt university activities,” and threatens expulsion if a student fails to comply. The preamble to the code cautions that it “should not be construed to unreasonably limit free speech.” But a coalition of student groups, including the student union and the International Socialists, worries that it might be used to prevent demonstrations and is fighting to have the code repealed—or at least modified.
• Ryerson Polytechnic University:
Aggressive fundamentalist recruiting is a growing concern.
Sex, free speech, cults and co-ed housing
According to Ed Keenan, features editor at the Eyeopener student paper, the Church of Christ is using “love bombing,” guilt, fear and pressure tactics to lure in prospects. The student union has received at least three calls a week this fall from annoyed or frightened students, and student services has implemented a “cult awareness” program.
Upper-year alumni of Crowell Tower, the previously all-male residence, are upset that women have been permitted to live within its hallowed halls. And with rumors that two more single-sex residences might be going co-ed, men from Eaton House are voicing outrage. “The boys don’t want women in Eaton, unless they’re invited as overnight guests,” says Tracy Lightfoot, editor of The Athaneaum student paper. She adds: ‘They want to be able to walk around naked, and do other male-bonding things.”
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