Canada, Commentary, Human Rights

Sauder rape cheer: we need educational overhaul, not sensitivity training

A version of this article was published in The Ubyssey following the news that a cheer promoting rape was included in the frosh activities of UBC’s Sauder School of Business.

You can blame Robin Thicke’s “Blurred Lines,” the media machine that bemoans the jail time given to rapists, or the oft-discussed “hookup culture” on college campuses. But at the end of the day, we can only ask: what could be lacking in our educational systems that led these students, male and female, to proudly shout such words to a group they were charged with “welcoming” to UBC?

The most disturbing part of the Sauder rape cheer story is perhaps not the content of the disgusting chant itself, or the possibility that this is considered a “tradition” by the CUS. Rather, it is the indifference shown by the student leaders exposed as being aware of the cheer who did not hint at an apology, but rather seemed mildly annoyed that first-year students had broken the code of silence by confirming the existence of the chant on social media. Continue reading


A student of politics in Beirut

“Welcome new students to the American University of Beirut for the 2012-2013 year. Congratulations on being accepted into this world class institution, it is an honor to welcome you here today.”

The orientation for international students arriving on exchange to the AUB began with the same feel-good speech that most western universities dole out to their freshmen. The presentation then turned to more practical topics – talk of the sports facilities, plagiarism policies, and the procedures for course registration.

Suddenly, the mood in the room changed. Continue reading