Sex. Is it an indicator of love or fun? Either way, Juniata College is out to make sure your fun-loving spirit remains protected and safe. Making quick decisions is a part of society but there is a student on campus, in particular, who wants to make sure that these decisions do not harmfully affect the rest of your life. Trojan representative Jennifer “Moose” Snider, a senior from Lemasters, PA, answered questions on why it is important that Juniata’s campus is and remains proactive about condoms.
What does it mean to be a Trojan representative?
I actually think it’s pretty important. Trojan sent me a box of 500 condoms and expected me to distribute them on campus and talk to people on how to use condoms and how to have safe sex. I saw the Trojan advertisement on Facebook, signed up and got an e-mail from Trojan saying that I’d been accepted and that, “oh, hey” my 500 condoms were on the way and I was like “oh my god, what am I going to do with these?”
Why is it important to you that students have ready access to protection?
It cuts down on the teen pregnancy rate and it cuts down on STDS. Which is absolutely obscene, its children having children. STDs are responsible for a myriad of problems. They can cause infections leading to sterility. Plus, AIDS and the HIV are very real diseases that can be passed along sexually.
Do you feel that it takes responsibility off of the couple?
Definitely. And I think that it is both parties responsibility to provide some sort of protection. Someone should always have a condom because that’s no excuse, they are everywhere on this campus. It’s a good thing, because studies have shown that people who did not have access to prophylactics or who are told they shouldn’t have sex, when the do actually have sex they don’t use that kind of protection.
How do you think our campus would be different if there weren’t ready protections methods?
We’d definitely have more STDS. People wouldn’t talk about it as much. Which is really bad because when you talk about sex, it needs to be an open, mature, responsible dialogue so you can make informed decisions.
Is there any public service message you would like to include?
If you’re not talking about it, you shouldn’t be doing it… because in the words of Little Wayne, “safe sex is great sex, so you better wear a latex, cause you don’t want that late text, that “I think I’m late” text.
-Erin Kreischer ’13, Juniata Online Journalist