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According to TheRecord.com, The University of Waterloo in Waterloo, Ontario, temporarily shut down its Formula SAE team after a female team member was photographed next to the chapter's race car, clad only in a bikini and high heels. The young lady who stripped down for the shot said she wanted to show her femininity juxtaposed with her engineering talents. The school, however, was not impressed with her racy display.

The irony, according to the team, is that the photo shoot was for an entry in a calendar contest designed to promote women. The female SAE member was hoping to use the photograph as her entry into the contest, which apparently celebrates beauty and brains.

Whatever her motives were, the university put the administrative clamp on the team, supposedly because they used the design department's studio for the photo shoot without getting permission. The suspension means the team won't be allowed to take their car to Michigan in May for the international SAE competition. Basically, the students' months of toil on their 600-cc sportbike-powered track star will be for naught.

Despite the harsh penalty, the school was quick to praise the team's efforts, and members were assured they'd still get academic credit for the work they put in. Still, for a team of aspiring automotive engineers who poured countless hours, more stress than anyone should ever live under and immeasurable passion into the build, academic credit is small consolation for missing the competition.

We'd love to show you the original image, but couldn't find the photographer to ask permission. Instead, you'll have to click here to see what all the fuss is about.

[Source: The Record, University of Waterloo | Source Image: University of Waterloo]

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      • 3 Years Ago
      By that logic, if she were standing in a bikini in front of the campus, the Dean would have shut down the entire university, seriously, wtf? I don't see what is offensive at all with the one picture. It is actually a very conservative picture, pretty hot, but the only thing 'racy' is the sportbike powered fiberglass track racer on slicks.
        • 3 Years Ago
        Carbon fiber*
        Steel tube frame*

        Otherwise, yes.
      • 3 Years Ago
      Remember, this is the same school that sacked its entire football team last year after the team captain was caught dealing drugs, half the team tested positive for illegal drug use, and the rest of the team knew what was going on and yet refused to tell the officials out of fear of being tagged a squealer.

      This is pre-emptive damage control, folks.
      • 3 Years Ago
      Stupid penalty - if anything, you suspend the students involved with the photo shoot, not the entire team.

      Seriously, if their logic is so broad as to encompass everybody, knowing or not, partcipating or not, why not simply suspend the Engineering school, or the entire campus?

      Also, from Jalop, the girl doesn't look half bad at all.

      We need more women engineers like her.
      • 3 Years Ago
      It's obvious that the comment rating system is broken. 10,000 to 0 (Dan) should result in no stars not a half a star.
      • 3 Years Ago
      Dean Adel Sedra says "We have to do the right thing", and ruins the work of 25
      students. So the right thing is to be a pompous bully who massively abuses his
      power. Now that's a great life lesson, Dean Sedra.

      You git.
      • 3 Years Ago
      Pics or it didn't happen.
      • 3 Years Ago
      If that female engineer were large and homely, feminists would applaud her for boldly displaying her body in a typical "hot babe" shot wherein she helped create the amazing piece of engineering. But because she's in good shape and attractive, feminists believe she's lowering herself to male-dominated lustful serfdom.

      Here's a crazy thought: smart and attractive is better than just smart or just attractive and this pairing can be celebrated by innocuous photos that are less racy than many TV ads.

      The University's behavior is Exhibit 934,621,642,785 in how academia is run by pedantic morons.
        • 3 Years Ago
        do you have a blog, because I want to read more of this kind of level-headed thinking.
        • 3 Years Ago
        You sir, are dead on.
      • 3 Years Ago
      Re-instate the team, can the dirty-old-man Dean. Shame !!!
      • 3 Years Ago
      Oh, that's very sad to hear. I from Sweden and planning to attend the Formula Student program at Chalmers University of Technology, were i'm studying my first year, and I know that these students, at least at Chalmers, spend several hours apart from the full time (50hrs / week) studies that we have. I think this is just WRONG.
      • 3 Years Ago
      I refuse to make a blind conclusion without evidence. Prosecuting council, please provide visual proof that said plaintiff did in fact "strip down" to a mere bikini whilst posing next to alleged race car.

      Please bring the plaintiff in dressed in her alleged bikini so we can see her alleged offensive, hot body, which is...um... allegedly offensive.

      Case will remain pending until we see the evidence.

      Oh, and the Uptight, Moralistic Hang-Ups University of Ontario is to pay said plaintiff $1000 in damages.
      • 3 Years Ago
      It would be one thing if she were spread naked all over the car but she's standing next to it in attire that I can see at any public pool, beach, volleyball event, etc. That university is nuts.
      • 3 Years Ago
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