A Big Step Bactrian for Higher Education

What a bunch of dromedary queens.

‘Hump Day’ event cancelled after students claim bringing a camel to campus was racist

Students at the University of St. Thomas in Minnesota have cancelled an event to celebrate the end of the year after complaints that bringing a camel on campus could offend those of Middle Eastern cultures.

The “Hump Day” event, put on by the Residence Hall Association (RHA), was supposed to be “a petting zoo type of atmosphere” in which students could hang out and take photos with a live camel. According to Aaron Macke, the group’s advisor, the camel is owned by a local vendor and trained for special events.

But the event was subsequently cancelled after students took to Facebook to proclaim their concerns. The students said they were concerned about the money spent on bringing the camel to campus—around $500—and the implication that it would be racially insensitive to Middle Eastern cultures.

“It appears however, this program is dividing people and would make for an uncomfortable and possibly unsafe environment for everyone attending or providing the program. As a result, RHA has decided to cancel the event.”


5 Responses to “A Big Step Bactrian for Higher Education”

  1. JeffS says:

    The Class of 2014 needs a thicker skin, or they are going to suffer greatly once they enter the real world.

  2. leelu says:

    It’s not “the program” doing the dividing, it’s the loud-mouthed assholes complaining about the thing that are doing the dividing. Damnit!!

  3. Gunslinger says:

    I honestly believe a Spanish Flu epidemic nowadays would be beneficial for the human species.

  4. Skyler says:

    One of the joys of being self employed is not being worried if I can be persecuted for speech or political opinions.

  5. Gunslinger says:

    Only if your name is Howard Hughes.

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