- The Washington Times - Tuesday, February 19, 2002

BERKELEY, California (Agence France-Presse) The University of California at Berkeley has suspended a popular course on male sexuality after reports that a class trip to a strip club turned into an orgy, according to news stories yesterday.
"Those sorts of activities are not part of the approved course curriculum," a university spokeswoman was quoted as saying by the Sacramento Bee newspaper.
"Cal," as the university is popularly called, is the jewel in the crown of the University of California system and is known for its liberal thinking and avant-garde courses. The school has begun an investigation into the incident, and the fate of the course has yet to be decided.
University officials were not immediately available for comment yesterday.
The suspension came after a campus newspaper revealed details of the field trip at the end of last year, during which some students reportedly had public sex and others took lewd photographs at a homosexual strip club.
A student enrolled in the course told the Daily Californian that after the field trip, an orgy occurred at a party hosted by a student teacher.
"There was an orgy at one of the parties," student Christy Kovacs was quoted as saying.
"It was just a fun, harmless get-together," Miss Kovacs reportedly said. "Anything weird that did go on was kind of behind closed doors, and no one really knew about it."
The course was taught under the university's "democratic education" or "de-cal" program, which is overseen by a university official though not funded by the institution.
Students participating in the course, which includes a class on female sexuality, said it was intended to explore sexuality and was not in any way pornographic.
"It was a way of talking freely about sex, of exploring one's body, sexuality and fantasies in a free and open forum," said a 20-year-old woman from Southern California.


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