SMU chant triggers outrage

September 5, 2013

Halifax’s Saint Mary’s University is at the centre of a media storm, as the backlash over a video capturing an insensitive and inflammatory frosh week chant reaches national levels. The chant features lyrics that encourage sexual activity with “underage” women with “no consent.” The video was published online via social media, eventually reaching SMU officials who say they are “shocked and disappointed,” as well as “disgusted.” Although some reports say that the chant has been in use for years, one source stated that a less-sexist version of the chant was sung previously. SMU has ordered all of the frosh week leaders and the student union executive to attend sensitivity training, and the executive members of the student union will also attend a conference at St Francis Xavier University next week to learn about issues of sexual violence and consent. Halifax Chronicle Herald | National Post | | CBC