In a public letter released to the Sauder School of Business and the UBC community, the Commerce Undergraduate Society has pledged to eliminate bad behaviour at student orientations.
The letter—signed by CUS president Enzo Wo, vice president of engagement Gillian Ong, and FROSH cochairs Jacqueline Chen and Jonathan Li—states that the society has "always held a no-tolerance stance regarding activities and behaviour that condone harmful actions towards our students in any way".
"It is difficult to determine to what exent inappropriate activities may have taken place in past years, but we will be taking all feasible steps going forward to ensure all unacceptable behaviour is fully eradicated from our orientation events".
Ubyssey student newspaper reporter Arno Rosenfeld revealed a tweet allegedly from the @_Emmski account saying an actual UBC cheer included these words:
“Y-O-U-N-G at UBC we like em young Y is for yourrr sister O is for ohh so tight U is for under age N is for noo consent G is for goo to jail.”
The tweets on the @_Emmski account are protected, so this wasn't visible to the Straight at the time of this writing.
The UBC controversy has erupted in the wake of a national news story involving a frosh-week orientation cheer at Saint Mary's University in Halifax. There, students used similar words—the only difference being that the letter "G" was for "grab that ass", not "goo to jail".
According to the Ubyssey article, the Sauder School of Business's assistant dean, Pam Lim, has issued a written statement saying that a cheer along these lines is "completely inconsistent" with the school's values.