So I've been back and forth about writing this post. It seems today that the Daily Collegian at Penn State has allowed some poor junior to write extremely controversial article about her sex habits. The thing is, it was most obviously a publicity stunt. A newspaper does not publish an article with the by line "We are Nittany Lions, and we are mounting everyone," without hoping to get some publicity out of it.
As a public relations major, I have to say, the stunt worked. Twitter is currently blowing up with the hashtag ""Mounting Nittany". However, what is this article saying about Penn State and the Daily Collegian?
Penn State cannot be a school that claims to build itself on traditions and yet allow the trashiest article ever to be written by their newspaper. Call me old school, but as a university, we just cannot have it both ways. So which are we -- traditional or "innovative" in our thinking? And if the answer is "innovative," I'm not sure I want to be.
As a person who loves to shout my views during times of controversy, I most readily put in my two cents about how embarrassing it is for an article to talk about a person having sex on the Lion Shrine. I fully plan on taking my kids there some day and now I'm going to have to make sure I remember to pack the Clorox. After reading my comment, somebody replied, "Thanks, Mom."
I can take it. What I cannot take, though, is the way our culture so readily accepts the ideas of random hook-ups. I do not care who you are, I fully believe that everyone feels a little dirty after going too far with someone they know too little. Call me old fashioned, or call me a mom, but at least I have morals. At least I don't have to write a sex column to get a little attention in my life.
Kristina Helfer, I congratulate you on your new life and I hope you know what you got yourself into... and Daily Collegian, I congratulate you on pulling off the biggest publicity stunt you've ever seen. But rest assure, when I lay my head down to sleep tonight, I won't be worried about whether the "Nittany I just mounted" will create a trending tweet on Twitter. I also won't be concerned about whether my future employers will see my sex history online. Lastly, I won't be the trashy girl that does not get called back after a hook-up in the closet of a frat. Cheers!