By Isabel Whiteley
Not everything is allowed on campus and many things have been banned over the years. Here are some of the weirdest things banned on campus, from both here and across the pond!
Edinburgh University recently banned Strawpedoing- the act of using a straw to down your drink as quickly as possible. This allowed students to get drunk rapidly but can lead to consuming too much. The ban may have been counterproductive however, as more students began the practice to protest it. Itís possible other universities will begin following suit and begin to ban Strawpedoing.
Controversial pop song Blurred Lines was banned at student unions across the country last year. The lyrics, which Iím sure you know by now, are questionable and been said to promote rape culture. This ban split student bodies as some people didnít agree with the boycott. Even if you disagree with this ban, thereís no denying that this ban made many students feel a lot safer at their student unions.
Yik Yak is a popular anonymous social network based on location. Itís very popular with students who use it to complain and make jokes about student life. However, itís already banned at universities in New York, and with calls to ban it at other American Universities it may not be long until the UK follows. This is due to a small number of students using it to spread hate messages. Iíve not seen anything rude around Liverpool but, as the app grows, itís certain offensive messages will too.
This is another one from across the pond- Brigham Young University has a ban on facial hair. This includes moustaches and beards. This is due to facial hair being linked to ďrevolution" and ďbeing a symbol Öof drug culture". This is one ban which seems outdated and will hopefully be overturned. Students have already begun protesting and hope to be able to keep beards soon.
UKIP, the right wing political party, were banned from speaking at the University of East Anglia. UKIPís policies are very divisive and a petition was circulated asking for their scheduled appearance to be banned. This resulted in the partyís representative being banned from making his speech. However, the decision was later overturned for restricting freedom of speech.
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