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Robert Pattinson, a pro-life victory & a condom shortage
1. Master’s student Lauren Adkins is planning to marry a life-sized cardboard cutout of Robert Pattinson, the actor who played Edward Cullen in the Twilight films. It’s for her thesis project on “fan culture, women in modern society and idealized notions of romantic love.” The University of Las Vegas student’s wedding will include a real bachelorette party, ceremony and wedding dress. I guess graduate school can be fun after all.
2. After a student threatened to sue, the Kwantlen Student Association’s board of directors voted to grant club status (and the money that comes with it) to pro-life group Protectores Vitae. They also voted to suspend their regulations against clubs that support political parties, religious organizations or causes. The KSA executive had originally rejected the pro-life club’s application, citing its policy affirming a women’s right to choose. Read more in The Runner.
3. Planned Parenthood’s branch in St. John’s, Nfld. tells CBC News that it’s out of condoms. This comes just as sexually transmitted infections are on the rise in St. John’s. Five years ago there were 510 cases of chlamydia. Last year it was 689. Meanwhile the head physician at Memorial University’s student health services just diagnosed his first case of syphilis after seven years on the job.
A coast-to-coast round-up of remembrance
On this date in 1989, a young man named Marc Lepine rounded up women at the Ecole Polytechnique engineering school in Montreal and opened fire, killing 14 females and injuring 14 others before turning the gun on himself. In his suicide note, he blamed women for his problems.
Since 1991, Dec. 6 has been The National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women. Across Quebec today, survivors of the shooting will gather with activists and ask the Quebec government to sue the Canadian government over Bill C-19, which will abolish the long-gun registry and—they say— allow more violence against women to occur.
Here are a few of the ways universities across the country are marking the sombre occasion.