This Brandon University Students for Life club poster, found inside Clark Hall on campus, has offended some students who believe it should be taken down. (SUBMITTED)
A pro-life poster popping up around Brandon University has some students upset with the university’s students’ union.
The poster, designed by members of BU’s Students for Life club, displays wording some students on campus find offensive and believe should be taken down.
"Everything on there is offensive ... it’s awful," said a third-year psychiatric nursing student, who asked to remain anonymous. "I feel like there’s a better way to get their point across."
Another third-year student, who asked to remain anonymous, said the posters should be taken down and "should not be on campus."
BUSU president Stephanie Bachewich said each building has its own policies when it comes to clubs and non-clubs putting up posters.
"If a club wanted to put up a poster in the Brodie Building, for example, that is up to that building, they will have their own rules and regulations. BUSU only has jurisdiction over posters in our building, and all posters need to be approved at our office."
She also said none of the pro-life posters are currently hanging inside the students’ union building on campus and couldn’t comment on whether they will be taken down in other buildings.
As of Monday afternoon, BUSU had yet to receive any formal complaints from students regarding the posters, she said.
However, BUSU, which is partially funded by student fees, provides funding for student groups on campus. Approximately $10,000 of BUSU’s nearly $445,000 2013-14 operating budget goes toward various club funding.
Third year BU student Brittany Marshall said she found the poster "disruptive," but doesn’t believe there’s anything wrong with it.
"Obviously people are going to take certain offences to this," Marshall said. "But it doesn’t really bother me."
Students also took to BUSU’s Facebook page to voice their opinion.
One student wrote, "I don’t think this should be a club I will stop paying my BUSU fees if this is what it is going to."
Students also questioned why BUSU gave the group club status to begin with.
BUSU granted the group club status in September 2013 after nearly a year of negotiations. After BUSU denied the group club status, members of the group brought in a lawyer who informed BUSU that legal action would be taken if the club continued to be denied status. But before resorting to legal action, the club was granted status.
Students for Life president Catherine Dubois, who couldn’t be reached for comment Monday, previously told the Sun, "We want to do anything that fosters and promotes life, so from conception to natural death, that’s our focus as a club."
According to BUSU’s website, the club’s aim "is to raise awareness through open discussion, bring clarity, and encourage a healthy respect for issues related to the dignity of human life in our generation."
So far, the club’s Facebook page has 15 members.
Republished from the Brandon Sun print edition April 8, 2014