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YU Drops Newspaper Over Essay on Sex

First-person account of hotel encounter was too much for school

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A relatively new, online-only newspaper at Yeshiva University just lost its funding and official affiliation due to its refusal to refrain from publishing an Orthodox woman’s first-person, anonymous account of a sexual encounter, New Voices reports. The article can be read here (after all, YU no longer has control). What’s interesting is that, by general-readership standards (to say nothing of Internet ones), it is positively chaste: “Between the fumbling, the pain, the pleasure, I convince myself that I’ve learned how to make love,” is as racy as it gets.

“If we put the article back online as it was, they couldn’t keep us as a publication,” the editors were reportedly told. The publication is the YU Beacon; formerly known as “An Official Publication of Yeshiva University Students,” it now bills itself “A Voice of Yeshiva University Students.” The good news is they say their costs run only to $500 per semester; interested “contributors” can email Simi Lampert.

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Yeshiva University and the YU Beacon Part Ways

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One point worth noting. YU didn’t cut anything or threaten to, despite what you may read. The Stern College student council was going to remove its funding, but The Beacon editors said, “You can’t fire me, I quit,” and decided to walk instead. The parting was amicable. We put out this statement to interested parties. It might clear up some confusion: “Yeshiva University’s student newspapers are student-run activities. That hands-off approach held true in this case, as evidenced by the fact that the article in question appeared online. Once the essay was published, it was the president of the college’s student council who led the effort — at the overwhelming behest of her constituents, many of whom were deeply offended — to have the essay removed from The Beacon website.

University administrators played the role of mediator in this matter, seeking an amicable solution to a difference between two groups of students — the student journalists of The Beacon, and the student council of Stern College.

In the end, the editors of The Beacon made the decision to forego the funding that had been provided by the student council and become an independent entity.”

Yeshiva University is proud of all of our students and the diversity of thought and opinion present on our campuses, as well as their commitment to embracing life through the prism of Torah values.

Shael F Siegel says:

I’m a little surprised at the prudish resonse to YU administration. The article reveals nothing new or shocking. In the 1970’s the hotel of choice for trysts with Stern students was the Hotel McAlpin .

Allan Leicht says:

We should be reminded that the most creative of artists — Mozart, Shakespeare, Michaelangelo — were the most restrictively censored.

Ellis Jayus says:

And so it goes…the Yeshiva (note cap Y) world would like to dismiss reality and promote only what it wishes the world to be. News flash: Orthodox kids DO get drunk, they DO smoke dope, they DO (occasionally or often) eat treif, they DO text on Shabbat and they DO engage in premarital sex. Does that make them bad people? It depends who is judging. The last few sentences of the story are telling: “Now you have to learn from it” is a stupendous response. The “walk of shame” comment demonstrates just how far the YU world has NOT come in dealing with issues and concerns of its students who need a sounding board and advocacy. After all, they are just entering adulthood and errors in judgment seem to be very common during this transitional period. With all of the brain power at YU, surely IF THEY WISH, they can provide understanding and guidance for these young people so, whatever their life decisions might be, they arrive there without feelings of condemnation, shame and (of course) guilt.


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YU Drops Newspaper Over Essay on Sex

First-person account of hotel encounter was too much for school

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