Note: The picture above is not the image discussed in the article below. We originally posted this article the picture in question, which, in all fairness, is a hell of a lot sexier than the shot above; unfortunately, the photographer very promptly shot us an email asking us to take it down. Not wanting to risk an international incident, we did.
This week, the University of Waterloo in Ontario, Canada suspended a team of students competing in a Formula SAE competition to design their own race car, after one of the team members posed for photographs by the car in a bikini. (Yes, the student was female.) As a result, the UW team won’t be able to enter the car in the competition they were building it for, thus rendering all their months of hard work pretty much pointless.
Apparently, the school considered the “unauthorized” shoot a “misuse of the student design centre [sic] space” worthy of shutting down the project until June 1st. This seems awfully uptight, considering:
1) The people involved in the shoot were engineering students at the school. The photographer is an engineering student; the model is not only a student, but one of the team members helping to build the car. Yes, apparently, there are gorgeous mechanical engineers in Canada.
2) The photos were for a good cause, and were not even going to be used commercially. The student/model needed the pictures for her application to be in a calendar…a calendar designed to raise money for charity. These were application pictures—not the ones that would actually be in the calendar, just ones to show the people putting it together that she had the right stuff.
The school only found about the shoot after the photographer posted some of the pictures online, at which point they were prompted to shut the team down, thus shattering their dreams. Frankly, we think it’s a rash decision that stinks of hypersensitivity and makes the school look like it’s run by a bunch of uptight prudes. Here’s hoping enough people hear about this and are pissed off enough that the University of Waterloo reverses their decision and lets those kids enter their car in the contest next month. [via The Record, Jalopnik]