Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Student council at Canadian university fails hilariously in effort to ban Olympics

The ban-happy student council at the University of Ottawa issued an edict in December banishing the 2014 Olympic Winter Games from campus to protest Russia’s law against gay propaganda, reports Maclean’s.

So, how is the decree faring?

It’s a miserable failure, according to The Fulcrum, the University of Ottawa’s student rag.

After the student council’s diktat, the school’s administration nevertheless decided to stream the 2014 Winter Games at the delightfully named Jock Turcot University Centre, a central hub for students.

“It is for the university to be an inclusive community,” Myriam Hugron, a Community Life Service staffer, told The Fulcrum. “It was important for us to give students the opportunity to view the Olympics, and for us it’s a question of supporting Canadian athletes by broadcasting them.”

A bartender at a student council-run bar called 1848 flipped the bar’s television to the Olympics as well. He wanted to watch the events, he explained, and nobody told him about the ban.

There was also a “fairly well-attended” ice cream social at one of the school’s residence halls during the opening ceremonies.

Student council members are not happy that everyone on campus has flouted their directive.  (more...)

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