Friday, December 15, 2017

25 Years Ago in Nexus: November 16, 2016

November 16, 2016 by Greg Pratt, managing editor

Bound with surprnexus-2-6-cover-for-webising claims: Here in 2016 we’re used to seeing news stories about people being offended about, well, everything; a news story, for example, about someone claiming a toy sexually harassed them barely registers as being absurd anymore. But maybe it’s not that new of a thing: in our November 12, 1991 issue, we ran a story talking about some concerns people had about a poster around campus for Camosun’s Bound with Glue Review journal. The poster featured the words “free,” “new,” “improved,” and “sex” in large, bold print, prompting Camosun’s President’s Advisory Committee on Sexual Harassment to suggest the poster “constituted a form of sexual harassment.” Bound with Glue insisted there was nothing wrong with the posters, which ended up being torn down around campus.

2 out of 25 ain’t bad: We followed up the story about the contentious poster with an informal poll of 25 Camosun students asking their opinion on the matter. Our first question was if they considered the poster to be a form of sexual harassment: two said yes, and 23 said no. One Camosun student added, “Just because the word ‘sex’ is in it does not mean it’s sexual harassment.”

A spark that will become the Chargers: In this issue, the story “Camosun launches competitive basketball teams” talked about how the school was organizing a “soon-to-be-competitive” basketball team. Of course, we know them today as the school’s Chargers, who have grown to include teams for men’s and women’s basketball, men’s and women’s volleyball, and golf.

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