West Hall has sex discussion for its residents

Tia Collins

When it comes to college, questions about love, sex and dating can be a significant part of the student experience.

West Hall will host a sexual health seminar titled “Let’s Talk About Sex” on Friday at 7p.m. in the Main Lounge. Students will receive free candy and contraceptives while learning about the many different types of contraceptives, what to do about diseases and ways to reduce their risks of getting a disease. The event discusses how to have a healthy romantic relationship while also being aware of the signs of dating violence. Anonymous questions submitted by students in the OSU community will also be answered at the event.

“People might be embarrassed, so it is important to encourage conversation,” said Marian Landis, an Oregon Contraceptive Care office worker. Landis also found that many students are surprised when they learn about the wide variety of contraceptives.

“There is more than just birth control,” Landis said. There are different types for different life styles.”

Other members of the OSU community expressed the importance of continuing to learn about what is out there in order to maintain sexual health and happiness.

“In the Army, we do sexual harassment training every quarter, so it is important to stay updated. Real statistics are important to know,” said Mack Cullison, freshman nuclear engineering student and West Hall resident.

What exactly dating violence is and what tactics abusive partners may use to manipulate their partner are all subjects that can be covered at the event.

In order to have safe and healthy sex, Rachel Meeuwsen, a freshman in chemical engineering and West Hall resident, explained that it is important to know what exactly consent is and to stay in tune with your physical and emotional needs.

“People don’t always realize that something isn’t right,” Meeuwsen said.

In addition, the event will share information on how to be proactive and involved in keeping others safe.

“How to intervene when someone else is being sexually harassed is important as well,” said Zhane Richardson, freshman in human development and family sciences.

According to Jacob Cook, a freshman in Bioengineering, events like these help to convey essential conversations on good relationship health.

“Respecting the other person in a relationship, respecting their wants and needs, is important to any relationship. There is a big problem where people in relationships don’t give enough concern for the needs and wants of others. It is supposed to be mutual,” Cook said.