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‘The Daily Californian’ has a history of publishing controversial editorials
By Damian Ghigliotty
PUBLISHED: 20:33 EST, 2 December 2012 | UPDATED: 21:02 EST, 2 December 2012
Add more transparency to an already transparent newspaper and you get an brazen sexual tell-all.
A Berkeley University of California student last week published an article online (and presumably in print too) about her experience having sex on campus.
Nadia Cho's detailed account was part of her weekly column in ‘The Daily Californian,’ Berkeley’s independent, student-run newspaper, and raises a few questions:
Did the school’s administration read it? Does it care? Can it do anything about it? Is this a hoax?
Berkeley Student Nadia Cho's Twitter Profile reads: 'i like coffee, cats, and ice cream. and being the sex on tuesday columnist at the @dailycal :)'
Cho writes that she and an unnamed male student started their romp in Berkeley’s library, Main Stacks, the day before Thanksgiving, when the campus was ‘marvellously empty.’
But not completely empty.
Other students were in the library studying while the two performed and more than one student walked by them in mid-act, Cho writes.
She and her partner then moved into one of Berkeley’s classrooms, as the column goes.
‘Sex isn’t always about c****** and having orgasms. Sometimes it’s for s**** and giggles,’ she writes.
‘Having expectations and goals can
ruin the fun of it. Besides, it’s probably not a good idea to ejaculate
in public places — just saying. Keep this in mind should you ever
attempt sex on campus.’
Not so private: The Main Stacks library at Berkeley University, where Cho says she and an unnamed male student had sex
Cho writes that her experience was inspired by a spring 2012 column for the paper, ‘Sex on campus: actually doable?’
Her response: ‘yes — having sex on campus is actually very doable, and it’s lots of fun. It’s also surprisingly easy.’
No kidding. Apparently, so is writing about it, tweeting the article and having conservations about it online without facing repercussions.
‘The Daily Californian’ has a history of publishing controversial editorials, and in some cases issues containing brash statements have led to newspaper theft -- a form of censorship where large copies of an issue are stolen.
In 2002, former Berkeley mayor Tom Bates pleaded guilty to stealing and trashing 1,000 copies of an issue of ‘The Daily Californian’ that carried an endorsement of his opponent Shirley Dean, who was mayor at the time.
Bates beat Dean two days later and took over office.
After Bates’ admittance a year later, stealing newspapers in Berkeley became punishable.
Bates paid a $100 fine for his infraction and promised to support a local ordinance against newspaper theft.
‘The Daily Californian’ published its first issue in 1871 and is one of the oldest college newspapers in the U.S. It became independent from Berkeley University of California in 1971.
Open ground: Berkeley University of California
The paper, which is now published by a private company called the Independent Berkeley Students Publishing Company, Inc., has a circulation of about 10,000 and a readership of about 42,000.
Berkeley University of California could not be reached for reactions to Cho’s story.
Cho could not be reached about her story either.