Racy frosh video concerns Ottawa students

Student leaders are concerned that unsanctioned frosh week events put on by Aficionado Studios will...

Student leaders are concerned that unsanctioned frosh week events put on by Aficionado Studios will glorify the binge-drinking, drug use and sexuality depicted in an online advertisement produced by the Ottawa-based events planner. (Courtesy of YouTube)

Aedan Helmer, Ottawa Sun

, Last Updated: 8:16 AM ET

OTTAWA — Young girls frolic in various states of undresss — and sobriety — while shirtless guys pound back bottle after bottle of liquor.

Scenes of laser-lit dance clubs, nearly-naked girls having a playful pillow fight, guys hosing girls down in a wet T-shirt contest, tabletops strewn with prescription pills and a bong, handfuls of weed and an endless stream of plastic beer cups.

Welcome to Frosh Week in Ottawa.

At least as envisioned by Aficionado Studios, a local event planner that proudly announced "the only frosh for all schools" with a two-minute trailer posted to YouTube. (Warning: video contains graphic content)

"It's excessive in every aspect," Nicole Desnoyers, vice-president of the University of Ottawa Students' Federation, said.

Executive director Jarett Lopez didn't respond to interview requests, but issued a statement calling his video "a marketing technique to gain people's attention," and dismissing allegations of drug use and binge drinking as "slanderous."

"Aficionado Studios is a professional student-run company, which strives to give students a safe and responsible way to enjoy their time in our wonderful city.”

 


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