University of Portsmouth Students’ Union will keep its naked calendar

28/9/2011 (AN)''The University of Portsmouth athletic union's calendar is facing the chop following complaints that un-edited photographs of girl's were leaked onto a pornographic site.''Pictured is: Stephen Dancey, athletics union executive chairman, who wants the calendar to continue.''Picture: Sarah Standing (113439-6719)
28/9/2011 (AN)''The University of Portsmouth athletic union's calendar is facing the chop following complaints that un-edited photographs of girl's were leaked onto a pornographic site.''Pictured is: Stephen Dancey, athletics union executive chairman, who wants the calendar to continue.''Picture: Sarah Standing (113439-6719)
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STUDENTS have voted to keep a naked calendar which raises money for charity.

The University of Portsmouth Students’ Union held a debate to decide whether it should continue after unedited images from last year’s calendar appeared on a pornographic website. And after listening to arguments both for and against, the students voted in favour of the calendar.

There were 151 votes for keeping it, 23 votes against and seven abstentions.

The Athletics Union, which produces the calendar, has assured extra precautions are being put in place to avoid photos being leaked in future, including deleting all images except the final one which makes the calendar.

Stephen Dancey, head of the AU’s executive committee, said: ‘I’m not surprised with the victory because I strongly believe that, with these new measures in place, the safety of the students will be secure.

‘The calendar has been going for years and it is very popular, it’s become tradition now.’

Those against the calendar argued it exploited students, opened them to ridicule and damaged their career opportunities.