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We Spoke To One Of The BC Students Fighting For Your Right To A Rubber

One of our editors recently sat down with Connor Kratz, the co-president of the unofficial Students for Sexual Health club, about the upcoming UGBC referendum and what it means for the students of Boston College. He managed to make it through our gauntlet of questions—99% of which involved the word “fuck”—without getting up to leave. The following are excerpts from our conversation, lightly edited for content and clarity.  

The New England Classic: So let’s start simple: what is Students for Sexual Health?

Connor Kratz: We’re a group of BC students who decided we care enough about this issue, making STI protection and contraceptives accessible, to form a student organization and are currently the sole resource on campus for student sexual health. You may have seen us at CoRo, we give out condoms, we try to do it bi-monthly, but now we are also trying to get students connected with some free resources that are delivered in the Chestnut Hill area. The club has been around since 2009, and a [UGBC] referendum was actually responsible for forming the club, so that’s why I think this one could really make a difference.

NEC: We read the recent article about your “UGBC resolution concerning a sexual health referendum”—what the hell does that actually mean? If it passes on February 15 can we all start fucking on the quad and buying condoms at On The Fly?

CK: As a student government we wanted to discuss the results of this comprehensive survey I conducted and understand that there is prevalent sexual activity on campus. If you sign the petition and support the referendum, you are basically saying “yes, SSH should be allowed to meet and distribute condoms on campus.” Because we have our own funding we aren’t asking the university for recognition because we also understand they’re going to raise ethical issues with that. So, our goal is to find some middle ground solution with administrators where we’re finally allowed on campus. Once we, hopefully, have the support of the students, we will take the referendum to the administration to see if we can come to any sort of agreement. It’s ultimately up to their discretion, but we have an innovative plan to help students access resources even if the administration declines to negotiate. Once we’ve garnered the attention of students, we will finally be able to make them fully aware of all the resources available.

NEC: You conducted a survey of sexual activity and health that nearly 400 students responded to. What was that process like? What piece of data surprised you the most?

CK: Yeah, I was really pleased and enthused by the response rate we received given the limited resources we had to conduct the survey. The project actually started in a sociology research methods class last year while I was in [SSH] at the time. I revised the survey this year and administered it in a more organized manner so that I could present my findings to administrators. It would be hard to narrow [the statistics] down to just one, but I think it revealed a lot of areas we need to work on. Almost half of students (48.5%) have never been tested for STIs and 64.6% disagree that they know how to get tested. I think that’s shocking. You know, we go to some health conferences and the participants tell us about all the creative programming they’re doing at other schools, while we’re still focused on just being allowed to distribute condoms.

NEC: Are you at liberty to tell me whether or not my lab partner fucks? Because I’m really can’t get a feel on her…

CK: Well, um, I’m gay so my knowledge is rather limited in that department. But according to the survey, the answer to your question will be ‘yes’ four out of every five times you ask BC students if they’re sexually active. Just don’t be predatory, because that’s never okay.

NEC: You’ve asked hundreds of students to tell you about their sexual activity, and now it’s time to flip the script: what’s Connor Kratz been up to lately?

CK: Ha! Well collecting 1000 signatures for my referendum certainly makes it difficult to find time for that. But, to answer your questionnot that anyone actually wants to knowI’ve been making the most of my final semester at BC. I’ll say that much…

NEC: Follow up question: Do you think Baldwin the Eagle uses protection??

CK: He’s never been to our distributions, but I sure hope he does! If so, he really could be using his fame more to help us get out the word about the Students For Sexual Health!

NEC: What’s it like being in Students for Sexual Health, an unregistered student organization, while at the same time being the president Pro Tempore of the Student Assembly? Do you have a bad boy reputation?

CK: You know, I’m honored to be considered a ‘bad boy’, but I’m not sure I live up to the title. Perhaps agreeing to this interview has changed that. I like to work through the system as President Pro-Tempore when it can be utilized and reformed to achieve our goals, however when institutions pose a roadblock to our initiatives, it’s important to exercise the courage to circumvent and challenge the system.

NEC: Why didn’t your survey include a question about genital size? People need to know what Boston College is packing?

CK: Well, we did talk about asking some questions that were comical and fun as well as health-oriented but I don’t know if the administration would’ve appreciated it when we presented those results to them… Who knows? They might want to know as well, but they’re never going to tell us that.

NEC: A lot of us at the Classic were really impressed by the approach you’re taking: if you publicize these statistics about BC students not receiving adequate sexual health resources, and then have the student body vote in favor of supporting sexual health, the administration has to be open to start working with you, right? Right??

CK: Unfortunately, they don’t have to be. Our sincere hope is that they don’t choose to just shut us out immediately. We have talked with administrators in the past and we hope that this will at least bring them to the table. We are going to do what we can and stretch our hand out, but it will ultimately be up to them to change school policy. We’ll continue working to help our peers access contraceptives, regardless.

NEC: Father Leahy or Steve Addazio: who’s the bigger player?

CK: I REALLY don’t want to know. Pass.

NEC: Lastly, fuck BU?

CK: My law school applications preclude my ability to respond, sorry.

HEY!!! Connor, and everyone here at The New England Classic, wants you to know that having sex is fine, not having sex is fine, being sexually frustrated because you can’t fuck Gasson is finejust be safe doing whatever you’re doing, okay?

The petition for the referendum can be found here, and is open until next Tuesday, February 13.

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