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Old 03-03-11, 09:09 AM   #1
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An OMG moment at Northwestern

A peep show during class? Beats some lecture on Indo-European languages or trying to figure when you'll flunk out of Engineering Graphics 103

John Kass
March 3, 2011

Finally, the high cost of an American college education has been explained.

Naturally, there are professor salaries and dorm upkeep and research expenses. But there are always other unpredictable costs at a place like Northwestern University.

Like the cost of the sex shows.

Like the hundreds of dollars NU is paying a guest speaker who brought a couple to "perform" after a wildly popular class called Human Sexuality, which is taught by the wildly popular professor John Michael Bailey.

The class usually has about 600 students for each lecture. But recently, in an optional after-class setting, a mere 100 or so students watched a sex show.

They weren't at the Admiral Theatre, protected by the guys of the 36th Ward.

No, they were in Evanston, in a palace of higher learning.

Speaker Ken Melvoin-Berg, co-owner of Weird Chicago Tours, began by warning the students about what they'd see. Then a non-student couple he brought with him began to demonstrate. The woman got naked, and her male partner approached her with a mechanical sex toy called a "(bleep) saw."

I leave the details to your imagination. But the woman reportedly enjoyed her role to the fullest.

"It was a fun and educational experience," sex guide Melvoin-Berg told the Tribune. And the students, he said, "seemed to be incredibly pleased. We had a number of them that got closer and closer."

Fun and educational. Closer and closer. Oh, I get it.

Either way, it sure beats some boring lecture on Indo-European languages or hearing Beowulf read in the original or trying to figure when you'll flunk out of Engineering Graphics 103.

But, hey, even though I was a Merchant Marine sailor several centuries ago and spent enough time in Third World ports, I've never seen or heard of a "(bleep) saw" until now.

So I ask NU students and their parents to ponder the great mystery:

Does the sex show at NU devalue the diploma, is it merely creepy, or does it actually give new meaning to the term "Wildcats"?

Bureaucrats at NU seemed solidly in support of professor Bailey's sex class, according to a bold defense from the public relations office:

"Northwestern University faculty members engage in teaching and research on a wide variety of topics, some of them controversial and at the leading edge of their respective disciplines. The university supports the efforts of its faculty to further the advancement of knowledge."

Like penetrating a naked woman with a mechanical sex toy called a "(bleep) saw"?

We asked the Northwestern public relations guy who wrote the defense, Al Cubbage, to explain his statement about professors being "at the leading edge" of their disciplines.

Mr. Cubbage, how does this particular after-class session further the "advancement of knowledge," as the press release stated?

"I think I'll let the press release speak for itself," said Mr. Cubbage.

Professor Bailey, who was unavailable for an interview, issued a statement saying he saw no "legitimate reason why students should not be able to watch such a demonstration."

He defended his decision to put on the show while admitting he had "apprehension" — but not about how it affected the students. "I was worried that there could be repercussions that would threaten the valuable speaker series that I have built over the years," he wrote.

Repercussions? How about keeping your job, professor?

On the Daily Northwestern comment board underneath its story, which broke the news, one student tried to put things in context.

"The entire class is structured in a very specific way to serve a very specific purpose: observational data on the 600 students for Prof. Bailey," wrote the student. "Don't hate on him for selling a brilliant research idea to the school. Each term he teaches this class he gets 600 undergraduates to observe as he presents controversial data and research, and you better believe he takes notes about what he sees and what he finds interesting about our reactions. He's even overt about his desire to use the class for survey data, so I'm not sure what the surprise is."

At first, I thought it was creepy enough that he'd put such material before students and pretend it was about education. Then I thought it was even creepier that Northwestern would defend such absolute nonsense in that ridiculous statement about how they support higher learning.

But if this student is correct — and it sure sounds reasonable — using students as sexual guinea pigs to study them and chronicle their reactions, well, that's even more revolting.

It also makes me wonder, if this kind of thing is done at a great university, then how far can we define deviancy down?

If this bizarre peep show can be offered up as higher education, then what's the next "edgy" thing? How do you get any edgier?

Don't tell me. I don't want to know.

When I heard about this, I called a friend of mine, a good man and a good dad. One of his children attends that costly university.

"What do the kids say, OMG, right?" he said. "Well, this is an OMG moment if there ever was one. OMG."

Exactly. And it only costs $52,000 a year.
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I think I'll take that class a couple of times. I may not grasp all that knowledge the first time.

And what's up with this?


London: A specialist ice cream parlor plans to serve up breast milk ice cream and says people should think of it as an organic, free-range treat.



The breast milk concoction, called the "Baby Gaga," will be available from Friday at the Icecreamists restaurant in London's Covent Garden.



Icecreamists founder Matt O'Connor was confident his take on the "miracle of motherhood" and priced at a hefty 14 pounds ($23) a serving will go down a treat with the paying public.






The breast milk was provided by mothers who answered an advertisement on online mothers' forum Mumsnet.



Victoria Hiley, 35, from London was one of 15 women who donated milk to the restaurant after seeing the advert.



Hiley works with women who have problems breast-feeding their babies. She said she believes that if adults realized how tasty breast milk actually is, then new mothers would be more willing to breast-feed their own newborns.



"What could be more natural than fresh, free-range mother's milk in an ice cream? And for me it's a recession beater too -- what's the harm in using my assets for a bit of extra cash," Hiley said in a statement.



"I tried the product for the first time today -- it's very nice, it really melts in the mouth." The Baby Gaga recipe blends breast milk with Madagascan vanilla pods and lemon zest, which is then churned into ice cream.


O'Connor said the Baby Gaga was just one of a dozen radical new flavors at the shop. "Some people will hear about it and go, 'yuck' but actually it's pure, organic, free-range and totally natural," he said. "I had a Baby Gaga just this morning and I feel great."
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I actually tried a bit of my partners milk when she was breast feeding. We had run out of normal milk, there was some expressed milk in the fridge, so I used that in my coffee.... Meh tasted the same.

What.... No shame
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hahah that Icecream has been "SEIZED" now. SCANDALOUS ICECREAM! hahaha
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hahah that Icecream has been "SEIZED" now. SCANDALOUS ICECREAM! hahaha
Then I shall "SEIZE" the source so it doesn't happen again.

Oh! I've tasted breast milk. Not bad really.
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if it becomes available here, I may try it. I will keep you abreast of the situation. :P
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Wait a second - they DONATED the milk. And yet they are getting $23 a serving for it? What is wrong here? This stuff has value - if you want it you need to pay for it!

All I can say is that I can picture a "factory of women" having a baby then giving milk every few hours like cows. Not a nice picture.

FYI - I don't know the percentage, but every woman I know who breastfed has ended up giving hubby a "sample." Of course, all of us had some when we were babies, so the stuff must be good.

Re: Sex in class ... don't know about his job, but I think most states have laws about stuff like that ... or is that only in topless bars? I keep forgetting (wanders away to do some research).
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