We’ve all had those moments when we stop and think, what in the heck did I do that for? For the most part, these scandalous moments are locked safely away in the back of our minds, but in the case of Karen Owen, a recent Duke University graduate, they’re plastered all over the Internet.
Earlier this week, the story of Karen Owen broke. This graduate collected her sexual experiences from her sophomore to senior years of college in a PowerPoint presentation meant only for the eyes of her friends, but somehow it went viral. The PowerPoint was written like a college thesis, and came complete with charts, graphs, photos, and spreadsheets.
This isn’t the first time that the world of academia has gotten a little steamy. In 2006, Duke University was at the center of another scandal when a stripper came forward claiming that three members of the lacrosse team raped her. The incident was said to have occurred at an off-campus team party at which things got out-of-hand and the teammates proceeded to assault her. All charges were dropped in 2007 and the players were absolved of all charges, but this new scandal is set to create waves.
In 2007, the Diablo Valley College was in hot water over supposed sex for better grades. In some cases, it was said that students paid cash for better grades in classes and on exams, and in others it is stated, in lieu of cash, sexual favors were performed. Though names of officials involved in the scam have not been released, it is believed that up to 20 individuals were involved in the grade-fixing scandal.
Yet another sex scandal that rocked the academic world occurred in the Fall of 2009, when attention was called to the Towson University newspaper. A column called “The Bed Post” garnered much attention in that many thought it was inappropriate while others found it groundbreaking. The editorial staff was split and many called for the removal of the column, while others touted its value. Many believed that it undermined the values of a student publication and was just an attempt to bring smut into the mainstream. The column caused a stir mainly because it was an anonymous contributor and it covered very explicit topics like masturbation in a carefree manner that made officials uncomfortable. While students didn’t mind the column and many actually enjoyed it, school officials felt that the topics covered were too risque to be published in a school publication. The column was nixed after much debate and the watchful eye of the public is closely monitoring the content of the paper.
Though these are not the only sex scandals that have rocked the world of academia over the years, they certainly are well-known. For the most part, people keep their sex lives to themselves like they should, but in a world full of billions of people, there are always going to be those who throw their sexuality in your face and all that you can do is duck.