In entered two of my classes Thursday to find most of the class reading our student newspaper, The Towerlight. That’s odd. Only one or two students are usually reading the new edition before class. And they don’t read the textbook assignments, so why the sudden interest in the printed word?
“It’s the article on flavored condoms,” a student explained.
All the attention was to the article, “Taste test informs about oral health” with the subhead, “Health Center and LGBT promote safe sex through flavored condoms.” The above-mentioned groups recently sponsored the second annual Condom Taste Test on campus as part of National Condom & Sexual Health Week.
How enlightening. But wait, there’s more.
The Towerlight also devoted its regular column, “Word on the Street,” to the subject. The column is a collection of six student photos and their answer to topical question. The question was, “what would be your favorite flavor of condom?”
My favorite response was from the psychology freshman who answered, “crab.”
An Asian international relations student said, “egg roll with duck sauce.”
But the winner of Towson’s second annual Condom Taste Test was strawberry, beating out cola, banana, chocolate, and mint, among others. I am not sure if crab and egg roll with duck sauce were actually contestants.
Our education dollars at work. But seriously, anything that promotes safe sex is a good thing. Well, as long as it’s tasteful.
The article does accomplish some other worthy goals, along with treating that most pressing of national concerns, safe oral sex. Chief among them is getting students to read.
Given the sad state of journalism these days (dead by suicide), it appears student journalism is alive and well. As the New York Times slides toward professional and financial bankruptcy (its stock price, at about$3.75, is less than a Sunday edition), it is refreshing to see students reading a newspaper.
Perhaps the secret is to add flavor to the reading.