Condoms and pregnancy tests cause confusion with new bookstore vendor


Rose Wagner

An empty space on the university bookstore’s shelves displays a sign for pregnancy tests on Aug. 16. No pregnancy tests were ever stocked and the sign was later removed upon request from the university, according to Laura Frerichs, vice president for marketing and communications. Photo credit: Rose Wagner

Rose Wagner

The week before classes began, Loyola requested that Barnes & Noble College pull products off the university bookstore’s shelves that were “not aligned with our Catholic values,” according to Laura Frerichs, president of marketing and communications.

The removed stock included condoms, according to bookstore manager Maris Hazners, which were noticed in the bookstore by many students including Charlie Seiter, economics senior, who later notified faculty members that condoms were being sold on campus.

Seiter said that he was encouraged to see the condoms removed from the bookstore, as they contradict the university’s Jesuit, Catholic values.

“The Catholic Church has remained true to its teaching that sex is a gift that should always be open to new life and that removing that central function of sex (procreation) from any sexual act diminishes the great value that sex has and contradicts the true role of sex,” Seiter said.

At the same time of Sieter’s request, it was brought to the attention of the university that the bookstore planned to stock pregnancy tests. The university asked that the store remove the sign for the tests and no product was ever stocked, according to Frerichs.

Frerichs said that the condoms and pregnancy tests were the result of Barnes & Noble College becoming the new bookstore manager in June and being forced to quickly fill the store with their products before considering that Loyola was a Jesuit institution.

“They were just setting their shelves based on a pre-populated order that they use as a standard matter of course when they open new stores,” Frerichs said.