— Chester N. Scoville (@CNScoville) August 23, 2014
Gazette editor-in-chief Iain Boekhoff (left) says of the story: “I’m surprised it’s got so much traction because it’s in our frosh week issue every year. Two years ago it was just straight ‘how to have sex with your TA’ as one of the 50 or 100 things to do before you leave Western. …I had one complaint late Sunday night which is after three days of people losing their minds on Twitter. This thing is entirely Twitter. I don’t regret publishing it. I regret that it caused offense to so many people, and it wasn’t well-received by some people.”
He adds that “Facebook stalk is a common term for students and is not a malicious term in any way.”
The London (Ontario, Canada) Abused Women’s Center has called for Boekhoff to step down. I’ve asked him to comment.
The provost says: “The Gazette has the right to run provocative articles but I find it objectionable that your paper would publish a column promoting the idea that students should attempt to have inappropriate relationships with graduate teaching assistants.”
* Western University runs article about dating teaching assistants (metronews.ca)
* So you want to date a teaching assistant? (westerngazette.ca)
* Western University’s provost blasts the article in a letter to the paper (westerngazette.ca)