NU Will Survive Sex Controversy: School Pres.

Morton Schapiro released a statement saying the University represents more than the recent controversy

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    The live sex demo held on campus as part of a human sexuality class last month doesn't define Northwestern University, the school's president said in a rallying statement on Monday.

    "Controversy attends all universities, including ours," Morton Schapiro wrote in a letter posted on the school's website.

    Northwestern Professor Apologizes for Sex Demonstration

    [CHI] Northwestern Professor Apologizes for Sex Demonstration
    Northwestern University professor John Michael Bailey on Saturday issued an apology for "upsetting so many people" in the wake of a live sex demonstration but said he's not yet heard a thorough argument as to why it was improper. (Published Saturday, Mar 5, 2011)

    "I'm confident, however, in our ability to work through this situation, guided, as we must be, by the light of reason," he said.

    On Feb. 21, Prof. John Michael Bailey invited students from his human sexuality class to observe a naked woman being stimulated with a motorized sex toy on stage. About 120 students attended the demonstration, which was curated by Chicago sex tour guide Ken Melvoin-Berg.

    Meet the Sex Toy Fiance

    [CHI] Meet the Sex Toy Fiance
    Jim Marcus used a reciprocating saw fitted with an adult pleasure device on his fiance Faith Kroll in front of a class at Northwestern University. (Published Thursday, Mar 3, 2011)

    On Saturday, Bailey issued an apology for "upsetting so many people" in the wake of the demonstration that surfaced in the media last week. He also said he's not yet heard a thorough argument as to why it was improper.

    The school said on Thursday it would investigate the incident, backtracking on initial support of the optional, after-class demonstration.

    Meet the Sex Tour Guide

    [CHI] Meet the Sex Tour Guide
    Ken Melvoin-­Berg, who led a panel discussion on "networking for kinky people" at Northwestern University, shows off his tool. (Published Thursday, Mar 3, 2011)

    In his statement today, Schapiro acknowledged there will be disagreement on how the University should respond to the incident.

    But he pointed to recent school achievements -- including the Dance Marathon benefit over the weekend and a Law School visit on Monday from Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor -- as things that represent the school and make him "proud as ever to wear Northwestern purple." 

    "Those activities, and the many other wonderful things that occur each and every day at Northwestern, aren't likely to attract the same amount of media coverage that the recent incident has," he said. "But they define who we are."