Wednesday, April 23, 2008

Gown exposes Toilet Scandal

Secret University e-mails have exposed the reason for the closure of the Main library toilets over two years ago – University fears of ‘cottaging’, a term used for gay sex.

BBC Online questioned the University under the Freedom of Information Act as a direct result of a Gown story last February. It was subsequently revealed that the activity had been “going on for a number of years” in an e-mail between staff members in 2006.

Third year students and above may remember an all-student e-mail sent at the beginning of the 2006-7 academic year which referred to the toilets as a location for gay rendez-vous. The e-mail also contained harsh racist slurs. Spot checks and CCTV camera installation were considered as possible resolutions to the problem but in the end the toilets were closed.

Officially, Queen's has remained reluctant to publicly acknowledge the matter. It states that the closure was due to a number of reasons, including the “over-supply of toilets within the library building”.

Check out the BBC story here: http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/northern_ireland/7329383.stm

6 Comments:

Anonymous voice of reason said...

gross

4/24/2008 2:55 pm  
Anonymous I. (cant) P. Freely said...

over supply? who are they trying out kid?

4/24/2008 3:51 pm  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

*edit "trying to kid"

4/24/2008 3:53 pm  
Anonymous R.O.Binson said...

thomas hogg - word on the street is that the next vote will be a vote too far for the current DUA leadership

4/26/2008 7:12 pm  
Anonymous Xpose said...

Righhhttt....so it wasn't the Gown that exposed them...it was the BBC?

Naughty Gown!

4/27/2008 7:48 pm  
Blogger Gown Team said...

The Gown first printed the story and spoke to library staff in early February. The BBC picked up on the story and subsequently put in an FOI request which, it was agreed, would be passed on to The Gown in order for both to print the story.

4/28/2008 12:43 pm  

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