BY IZAAC COLE
The Students’ Union is to hold a referendum after more than 250 students signed a petition saying they should be allowed to work with club promoters YBD.
A motion was passed by the Students’ Council in 2012 that prohibited dealing with the company after they released a booklet titled “The Official Student Guide to Preston”, containing material deemed to be “offensive” and “misogynistic.”
The guide said: “Girls, If you’re out and about at 10am wearing heels and an outfit that leaves little to the imagination you might as well be wearing a sandwich board with the words WALK OF SHAME scribed all over it… or prostitute.”
It continues to advise male students that “if you’re bringing a girl home she’s probably going to be as clean as your room…”
The motion that was passed meant that any related dealings with YBD would be discontinued until at least an apology was submitted by the company. In December 2014 a formal apology was presented to the SU.
Students Rob Micklethwaite and Emili Peake are heading the campaign ‘Lift The Ban’, who have also carried out the petition.
In a joint statement they said: “YBD has paid enough for their indiscretion and now the sports and societies who would have had sponsorship are struggling.”
Emili and Rob both argue that although the motion from 2012 states it will remain in place “as long as they keep producing sexist material”, they insist YBD has now come clean.
SU President Lee Mac is all for the referendum, agreeing that it’s time students made the decision on whether they should work with YBD again.
“I think it’s good that students are actually engaging with it,” Lee told Pluto, “It gives them pathways to talk about it, and to understand what’s happening.
“It’s up to students to make their own choice, and that’s what democracy is all about. “
A referendum will be held alongside the SU leadership elections, between 16th-20th March this year. A meeting will also be held for students to debate the vote beforehand.
You can read a full copy of the original motion, how to vote on the referendum and YBD’s apology on the SU website.
SU Media will be covering the referendum closely across Frequency Radio, PSTV and on the Pluto website.
Tweet us at @UCLanPluto using the hashtag #LiftTheBan with what your thoughts.