Monday, December 04, 2006

College Hasn't Changed a Bit Since I Graduated

S&M, nude parties rule at Columbia University: "NEW YORK - Famed as a hotbed of debate over academic freedom, New York's most elite school is also a playpen for sexual high jinks.

While their parents shell out $33,246 a year in tuition, Columbia University students attend naked parties, flock to sex-toys workshops, broadcast porn on campus TV, bake anatomically correct pies for the 'Erotic Cake-Baking Contest' and heat up the library steps in a mass makeout session.

And, of course, there's always the stimulating game Guess the Number of Condoms in the Jelly-Bean Jar.

Others volunteer for the bullwhip at Conversio Virium, the university-sanctioned S&M club. It calls itself a 'discussion group' that provides 'education and peer support' and promotes 'safe, sane and consensual play.' But the club doesn't just talk.

Late on the night of Nov. 13, a Daily News reporter sat in Room 303 of Hamilton Hall, a venerable classroom building where Columbia students have studied Poe, Plato and Plutarch for nearly 100 years.

As a female student volunteer stood facing the blackboard, and 24 Columbians watched, a lecturer who identified himself only as Dov flogged her with whips, rubber hoses and a cat-o'-nine-tails. "

3 comments:

Anonymous said...

So the Brownings were the masters of sexual harrassment?

TM said...

Wow, the NEW YORK DAILY NEWS finds decadence at Columbia University! Stop the presses...while a recognized S&M club is probably not a likely thing more than a decade ago (when the S&M clubs at elite universities were utterly undergroud, one reads), if even then, I suspect sex in the library is not a new development, well, anywhere (consensual sex, and, much more unfortunately and [happily] more infrequently, sexual violence were both not unknown in the University of Hawaii libraries in the early '80s when I attended). Openly stating there's sex in the library might be another matter. Small advances against hypocrisy should be cheered, I hope.

Cap'n Bob Napier said...

Do they have an adult continuing education program? I'd like to take a course or two. Now, where did I put my whip?