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Yale dumps books and raises stripper poles

Published (Volume 78, No. 20)

In the collegiate system, Ivy League universities are the cream of the crop. Having a degree from Harvard, Yale or Princeton makes a statement to the world.

Knowing this, many colleges across the country try to emulate what they think are the best parts of those universities.

No one has found any fault with a college trying to better itself and the classes that it offers. After all, every student deserves the best education possible.

So with all that said, I wonder how many colleges will follow Yale’s path and offer Sex Week.

Sex Week is a celebration held in the lecture halls at the campus. The organizers say that holding this event gives students the opportunity to talk about sex in a more relevant, honest and fun way.

Yale’s event includes lectures from dating specialists, a sex therapist and a discussion of homosexuality with church leaders. They also have panel discussions with visiting porn stars, a Playboy Channel hostess who gives stripping lessons and a sex toy representative who demonstrates techniques and hands out free products to students.

And to top it off, they publish Sex Week at Yale which gives explicit advice to men and women on various issues.

Yale itself has no input into the curriculum. The toy company sponsors the event, and advertising helps to pay for costs associated with it.

The event is certainly provocative and I can definitely see merit in some of the topics. Naturally, critics abound, and it’s not difficult to understand why.

Parents send their kids to college to get an education. Mathematics, history and science, yes. But sex week? Somehow that just doesn’t seem to fit. Especially to parents, who don’t want to think about their kids not being kids anymore.

The president of the university and others involved in making decisions would have to be convinced. That might be a difficult task.

Times have changed and morality isn’t what it once was. It’s impossible to get through a day without being bombarded with sexual messages from TV, magazines or the Internet.

It may be time to make some changes in college offerings, but somehow I just don’t see most universities jumping on this bandwagon.