When is it too much fun and unsafe?

by cesarandy1 on September 2, 2014 - 7:12pm

When is it too much fun and unsafe?

In the article by the Montreal Gazette "Editorial: Frosh week should be fun, but also safe" which was published on August 27th in Montreal a week before most universities open their doors to new and returning students, it is argued that even though incoming freshman of universities should be allowed to party and have fun as their initiation into the university life, students should be given the proper education in order to prevent crimes such as assault and rape which have plagued this event in the past few years. The article criticizes the education that students receive on sex at the high school level by stating that it is not enough for the students to know what precautions to take when participating in the events of "Frosh week". The articles states that "80 per cent of campus assaults are committed by a person the victim knows; a large number occur during the first eight weeks of class; worrisome attitudes among young men suggest many think it’s OK to take advantage of women who are intoxicated.". The article states that a possible argument that most universities could have is that certain programs are required to attend before "Frosh week", for example "McGill University holds mandatory seminars on sexual consent, gender and identity for students staying in residence, which is a positive form of early intervention" and "Concordia University has been schooling frosh week volunteers and handing out literature on preventing sexual assault.". However, the article argues that more must be done in order for the participants to take the proper precautions because for most of these students its their first shot at true freedom from their parent's watch and for some it is the first time they can drink alcohol legally which combined an lead to dangerous and risky behavior. I believe that there could be more courses and programs instituted for "Frosh week", however I don’t believe there would be much of a difference compared to now because when you mix alcohol and the opportunity to meet women or men your same age with the same curiosities it can lead to dangerous and maybe even criminal behavior. This is also an opportunity for the older gentleman to go out looking for the young freshman and take advantage of them since most of them are distinguishable by the shirt and bracelet they wear which is given to them by the staff that organizes the event.     

 

http://www.montrealgazette.com/opinion/editorials/Editorial+Frosh+week+s...