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Started by TheVoiceOfReason on Sep 8, 2019 11:12:09 AM
SNOWFLAKE BRITAIN: Now universities want to ban FRESHERS’ WEEK

Freshers who had chillies rubbed on their genitals; the students forced to apple bob for a dead rat in a barrel of cider; the hockey players who had cooking oil poured into their eyes; or the new recruits made to down drinks that had been mixed with dog food or had live goldfish in them.

Harmless rituals undertaken by students in Freshers’ Week since time immemorial. Not according to university killjoys, who are now working to BAN Freshers’ Weeks across the country as they contribute to a climate where students feel “unsafe”.

https://www.theguardian.com/education/2019/sep/08/
universities-act-to-protect-freshers-from-initiation-ceremonies

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TommyDGNR8 - 08 Sep 2019 11:45:24 (#1 of 113)

Can't say I ever came across such behaviours - more rugby club initiations than freshers' week japes.

browserbutton - 08 Sep 2019 11:57:12 (#2 of 113)

Mostly braying rugger-bugger stuff, Bullingdon boys for the Instagram age.

'A meeting with the leading public schools is also also planned. “The sports we have problems with are seen by many as public school sports – rugby, hockey, snow sports,” Mayne said. “If we can cut the pipeline, we might not have a problem in a few years’ time.”

carterbrandon - 08 Sep 2019 11:58:34 (#3 of 113)

cut the pipeline

I hope that means sterilise them.

TommyDGNR8 - 08 Sep 2019 12:12:57 (#4 of 113)

Snow sports are still seen as public school?

tasselhoff - 08 Sep 2019 12:14:03 (#5 of 113)

They're pretty universal here in Franceland.

JohnIlly - 08 Sep 2019 12:24:15 (#6 of 113)

Harmless rituals undertaken by students in Freshers’ Week since time immemorial.

When did these start to become common? We didn't even have the concept of "freshers" when I went to university: everyone was a fresher since it had just opened.

Rendered - 08 Sep 2019 12:27:37 (#7 of 113)

Nothing like that at my uni in the 90s. As ever, it was just the rugby team who liked to get pissed and strip off in front of each other.

tasselhoff - 08 Sep 2019 12:29:08 (#8 of 113)

They had freshers week in the eighties

Rendered - 08 Sep 2019 12:30:20 (#9 of 113)

I mean, nothing like initiations and all that awful Frat house nonsense.

tasselhoff - 08 Sep 2019 12:32:46 (#10 of 113)

Ah. Fair enough.

SatelliteOne - 08 Sep 2019 13:03:21 (#11 of 113)

I'm not sure I'd describe drinking alcohol containing a live goldfish as a "harmless ritual", certainly not for the poor goldfish.

Catspyjamas17 - 08 Sep 2019 13:11:23 (#12 of 113)

I drank a pint of mixed drinks - no goldfish or dog food - with the women's football team once, that was in second year though and just a normal night out!

Not much happened in fresher's week apart from a few trips to the bar with housemates.

Ginmonkey - 08 Sep 2019 13:29:59 (#13 of 113)

Similarly at my university (late nineties) freshers week for most people was a few fairs at the union, a few freshers only nights organised by the SU, a lot of queueing to register for various ID cards and courses and a bit of staying up late in halls kitchens drinking, talking nonsense and trying to impress your new friends.

Stupid drinking rituals and strange public achool boy sex stuff was the preserve of the rugger buggers and an odd group of posh twats who called themselves "The Decadence Society" in an effort to add some glamour to their rather banal drinking and shagging activities.

thisonehasalittlehat - 08 Sep 2019 16:07:42 (#14 of 113)

I did Freshers week four times. The first was the least fun.

Rendered - 08 Sep 2019 16:13:24 (#15 of 113)

Don't the students find it a bit creepy you keep turning up?

TommyDGNR8 - 08 Sep 2019 16:40:08 (#16 of 113)

arf!

pranzingfrogg - 08 Sep 2019 17:28:21 (#17 of 113)

I revisited my old university campus a year or two after I’d left. I got served in the union bar although strictly I shouldn’t have got into the building without a pass. Everyone looked too young to be away from home.

binturong - 08 Sep 2019 17:50:21 (#18 of 113)

That sort of thing is definitely rugby clubs and medics, not general freshers.

popperhead - 08 Sep 2019 17:56:55 (#19 of 113)

Next thing they'll want to abandon the grand old tradition of Fuck a Fresher (nope none of the above ever happened at my uni either - well the Fuck a Fresher was known but more as a derisory saying rather than an aspiration).

whitbreadtrophy - 08 Sep 2019 18:29:32 (#20 of 113)

My own experience of Freshers Week, way back in the last century, consisted of a large room full of market stalls where various intense young men assured me that their society represented the true face of socialism and the rest were crypto-fascist splitters.

If I'd joined RugbyLeagueSoc things might have been different but if there were Bullingdon-like initiations involved I'm sure I'd have heard about them.

Otherwise, we had a Freshers Ball where I got to see Eddie & The Hot Rods so it wasn't all bad.

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