Co-ed’s business plan may have emotional consequences


A 22-year-old California university student who is selling her virginity to the highest bidder in an online auction to pay for her tuition may have relationship problems in the future, says a UPEI professor.

The young woman, who goes by the pseudonym “Natalie Dylan”, recently graduated from Sacramento State University with a degree in Women’s Studies. She wants to continue her education and earn a master’s in Psychology.

But instead of getting a summer job and a student loan like the average college student, Dylan is accepting bids for her virginity.

Dylan agreed to spend a night with the highest bidder at the Moonlite BunnyRanch in Nevada, a licensed brothel.

So far, Dylan said she’s received over 10,000 bids with a current highest bid of $3.7 million. Half of the profits of the winning bid will go to BunnyRanch owner Dennis Hof.

Peter Koritansky, a Religious Studies professor at UPEI, said what Dylan is doing doesn’t come from a failure to see the value of virginity but from a failure to see the value of sexuality.

“There was a time when sex was understood to be something sacred, not necessarily in the religious sense. That is, something belonging to the very core of who we are as human beings and therefore not something to be taken lightly or treated as merely recreational.”

The fact that Dylan has made her sexuality into a commodity is disturbing, Koritansky said.

I believe she will find out, it has the effect of an extreme self-degradation.”

Koritansky said Dylan’s actions may cause problems in any intimate sexual relationship, including marriage, she has in the future.

“She will come face to face with the fact that she’s severely damaged her ability to use sex as a means of expressing love.”

More people are reporting that engaging in meaningless, recreational sex early in life seriously hinders one’s ability to have a meaningful sexual relationship in the future, said Koritansky.

That she’s become a prostitute only makes matters worse.”

Rose Michels, the financial secretary of the Women of Steel chapter at IMP Aerospace Components in Amherst, N.S, said Dylan was wrong to offer her virginity to the highest bidder.

But we don’t know about her situation. I know that is no way to show respect for your body or anyone else,” she said.

First year Holland College Culinary Arts student Caitlin Hueser said she understands the need for money but found Dylan’s story very disappointing.

“Selling your body, I don’t know. It’s… ew.”

Something as important as your body shouldn’t be sold, Hueser.

“That’s something that’s priceless.”

(Published in the February 26 2009 edition of The Surveyor.)

Twenty-one-year-old mountain climbers fall to their deaths in the French Alps

The weather likely wasn’t a factor in the recent death of a young mountain climber, says a climbing enthusiast.

Substitute teacher Chris Ferguson made the comment following the recent deaths of two young mountain climbers in the French Alps.

Ferguson lives in British Columbia and has over 15 years of mountain-climbing experience. He has climbed in Alaska, the Yukon, the Rockies, Wyoming, Nevada, California and British Columbia.

Ferguson said he’s likely summitted about 200 mountains.

“This, however, tells you nothing about skill and real experience when it comes to climbing. I’ve also spent probably hundreds of days climbing where getting to a summit was never the point.”

Mountain climbing features several different categories: ice, rock, mixed, big-wall, alpine/mountaineering and bouldering.

The range of ability in each of these is exceptionally broad, Ferguson said.

“Many of the world’s elite climbers do things on par with world record holder Olympians and dedicate their lives as much or more. Some climbing types are very safe while others have very serious consequences.”

Rob Gauntlett set a record in 2007 when he became the youngest British climber to reach the summit of Mount Everest.

Randy Campbell, an outdoor leadership instructor in the Sport and Leisure Management program at Holland College, said Gauntlett’s climbing training would have been extensive.

I don’t believe that Mount Everest is an incredibly technical mountain, but being that it is the tallest in the world, it is huge challenge.”

Gauntlett’s age would have been an asset while climbing Everest, Ferguson said.

“Young legs and heart would be an advantage. Too young and you might have a harder time carrying some of the weight required to move up the mountain, although that can be minimized through the use of sherpas.”

Between April 2007 and October 2008, Gauntlett and John Hooper, his climbing partner for Everest, traveled from the North to the South Pole to help raise awareness of climate change. They traveled using skis, dog sled, yacht and bicycle.

In January, the bodies of Gauntlett and a climbing companion were found in the Chamonix-Mont-Blanc area of the French Alps. The two climbers fell while ice climbing. Gauntlett and his partner were 21.

They were on a route called the Gervasutti Couloir,  Ferguson said.

“A couloir is a 45-50 degree gash up the side of a mountain, usually filled with snow and or ice.”

This particular couloirs was flat enough to ski, Ferguson said.

“Other climbers found them accidentally, so I do not think the weather was a factor.”

Ferguson said it’s hard to say what exactly went wrong during the climb.

Fatigue and poor decisions are almost always involved.”

Mount Everest was first summitted by Edmund Hillary of New Zealand and Tenzing Norgay, a Nepalese sherpa, in 1953.

The record-holder for youngest person to climb Everest is held by Temba Tsheri of Nepal who reached the summit at age 16 and lost five fingers to frostbite. 

(Published in the February 26, 2009 edition of The Surveyor.)

Portfolio stuff = done.

February 22, 2009

Took a couple hours from my precious weekend and gathered various clips together. I printed off my best myUsearch articles, both my Mookychick articles and a couple of my College Jolt posts. Then I photocopied my articles from 2 magazines, The Buzz and The Surveyor.

Jill: 1. Procrastination: 0.

Y’know, it kinda looks like I’ve accomplished a lot as a writer when all my published work is together in a bunch. Makes a girl feel impressive, even important.

My newest post at College Jolt was posted today: Ideas For a Green Valentine’s Day.

My newest post at the myUsearch blog was published today. Check it out:

Parents: What Do Your Kids Need to Know Before College?

My recent post for myUsearch was published on Friday (E-Textbooks: The Way of The Future?) and my recent post for College Jolt was published this morning (College Insider: Helping An Alcoholic Friend). Check ’em out!

I’m doing a double post this evening, since I forgot to update when my last College Jolt post was published. But it’s fine.

Check ’em out!