On Campus

Student paper busts the RCMP

Two RCMP officers at the University of British Columbia are likely in hot water after student paper the Ubyssey published a number of photos showing the young cops playfully posing with cute female students. The photo-op allegedly took place when the cops pulled over at a bus stop where a group of students were drinking in public. The photos show the cops laughing while they handcuff the girls, who also pose in the back of a police car.

According to the Ubyssey, one student at the scene recalled, “Guys were drinking in the background … the cops weren’t doing anything. They were just too preoccupied by the girls … it was really unprofessional.”

The story is quite hilarious and I recommend checking out the pictures. I love it when student papers publish stories exposing silly things the grown ups on campus do.

But then there are the bigger exposes that Canadian student papers don’t seem to break very often. Take, for instance, a Yale Daily News report from earlier this month that showed how a law professor “borrowed” large excerpts of unattributed text in his book. The story was the result of a thorough investigation by the student paper.

I wish we saw that more in Canada. If there have been good investigations in Canadian student papers that I have overlooked, please let me know. I’d love to read them. Send links to erin.millar@macleans.rogers.com