Ryerson University ends 34 year relationship with student union amid more scandal

Ryerson University has terminated its 1986 Operating Agreement with the Ryerson Students’ Union (RSU), according to vice-provost of students Jen McMillen.

“Effective immediately, the university no longer recognizes the RSU as the official student government representing Ryerson students,” said McMillen in a statement posted to Ryerson Today on Friday. “The university has lost confidence in the RSU’s ability to represent students with good governance and to supply the services that students pay for.”

McMillen’s statement cited the improper use of RSU funds by members of the 2018-19 RSU executive that Ryerson learned about in January 2019 as a reason for cancelling the operating agreement. Former president Ram Ganesh was impeached pending an investigation into overspending on the student union’s credit card account. The credit card statement, which was addressed to Ganesh, included dubious large purchases at LCBO locations, a shisha lounge and restaurants.

The RSU filed a report with Toronto police about the credit card scandal on Tuesday, which could lead to criminal charges against Ganesh.


Ryerson University ends 34 year relationship with student union amid more scandal

New Mexico college student shot during alleged fraternity hazing

A New Mexico State University fraternity member shot a student pledge during an initiation event at a campground, authorities said.

Miguel Altamirano, 21, is facing charges of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon and negligent use of a deadly weapon while intoxicated in the Nov. 9 alleged hazing incident that left Jonathan Sillas wounded in the leg at a campsite in Cloudcroft, according to a criminal complaint obtained by the Las Cruces Sun-News.

Investigators allege Altamirano “put a gun to [Sillas’] leg and pulled the trigger,” but he told deputies from the Otero County Sheriff’s Office that he didn’t think the .40-caliber handgun was loaded, the newspaper reports.

“He pulled out a gun, he cocked it back and then that’s when I started freaking out,” Sillas recalled to KFOX14. “He proceeded to press it on my leg and then I was like, ‘No, I don’t mess with stuff like that.’ … He was like, ‘Come on, everyone did it.’”

Sillas no longer has the same “muscle strength” in his leg and remains shaken in the aftermath of the shooting.

Students like Sillas who sought to become members of Kappa Sigma were forced to show their loyalty by holding guns to their heads or other parts of their bodies — and then pulling the trigger, according to a report by the university’s dean of students.

A gun was not pointed at Sillas’ head during the incident, but Altamirano also pulled the gun on other pledges without incident, Sillas told KVIA.

Other activities that pledges were required to participate in included protecting delicate items like eggs as they were tackled near a campfire, according to the Dec. 18 report obtained by the newspaper.

Kappa Sigma has been formally dismissed from New Mexico State University through Dec. 31, 2024, as a result of the shooting, university officials said.

“New Mexico State University cares deeply about the health and welfare of our students,” a statement read. “This incident is unacceptable and indicates a serious violation of our policies, for which we have taken steps to hold any responsible individuals accountable.”


Altamirano’s attorney, meanwhile, insists the shooting was merely a joke gone wrong.

“The evidence in this case is consistent with negligent handling of a firearm and not the crime of aggravated assault,” attorney C.J. McElhinney said in a statement to the Sun-News. “My client never intended to injure anyone and was only joking around in the context of a fraternity event when this unfortunate incident occurred.”

Altamirano, who is no longer enrolled at New Mexico State, is facing up to three years in prison if convicted. He’s due back in court in February.


University of Minnesota faculty, staff to undergo LGBT pronoun indoctrination

Faculty and staff at the University of Minnesota are gearing up to undergo pronoun training in order to make the campus a more welcoming environment for “transgender” and “non-binary” community members.

A university policy first floated in the summer of 2018 and recently finalized dictates that university employees “are expected to use the names, gender identities and pronouns specified to them by university members.” Failing to abide by this policy “could result in discipline,” according to the policy’s FAQ page.

Training for the new policy has begun, The Minnesota Daily reports. The training program involves instructing staff and faculty in the new gender pronoun rules; those staff will then be “tasked with working to educate their colleagues, helping them work through questions and mistakes.”

By utilizing staff members to carry the training to their respective departments, the program “aims to spread education to different areas of the University by assigning staff who are familiar with their unit’s culture.”

University of Minnesota faculty, staff to undergo LGBT pronoun training

Student found dead inside Stanford fraternity house, report says

STANFORD, Calif. (KGO) — A Stanford student has been found dead inside a fraternity house.

The campus newspaper says the discovery was made Friday morning at the Theta Delta Chi house.

The Santa Clara County Sheriff’s Office is investigating and hasn’t released a cause of death but says foul play is not suspected.

All that’s known about the student is it’s man but the person’s name has not been released.

The university sent out an email to the campus telling students counseling was available if they need it.



Delingpole: University Pays Student Stasi to Inform on Classmates for ‘Microaggressions’

A British university is paying students to spy on their classmates and report them for any language they deem to be a teeny bit offensive.

According to the BBC:

The University of Sheffield is to pay students to tackle so-called “microaggressions” — which it describes as “subtle but offensive comments”.

They will be trained to “lead healthy conversations” about preventing racism on campus and in student accommodation.

Vice-chancellor Koen Lamberts said the initiative wanted to “change the way people think about racism”.

The students will be paid £9.34 per hour as “race equality champions”, working between two and nine hours per week to tackle “microaggressions” in the university.

The university has provided some examples of what microaggressions look like:

  • “Stop making everything a race issue”
  • “Why are you searching for things to be offended about?”
  • “Where are you really from?”
  • “I don’t want to hear about your holiday to South Africa. It’s nowhere near where I’m from”
  • “Being compared to black celebrities that I look nothing like”

One of the student spymasters, a Malaysian girl called Santhana Gopalakrishnan, has written a piece for a left-wing freesheet explaining that there is nothing sinister or oppressive about this.

Her apologia begins:

“This isn’t about silencing people. We want to give students the tools to think critically about perceptions of racism in our society.”

She then goes on to give some examples of the kind of terrible “microaggressions” she has experienced personally and which, she claims, made her feel uncomfortable.

“How are you Malaysian? You look Indian” or “Your English is so good!” or “Do they have wifi where you come from?” and even “Is it true Malaysians live on trees?”

As well as spying on their classmates for acts of unintentional offence, the student Stasi operatives will earn their blood money in a number of other diverse ways.

Santhana explains:

But their role is broader than that. It’s also about leading healthy conversations in our student residences and across campus, using content created by a wide range of students and academic experts at the University. Students respond well to their peers so training students to lead this work feels like a way we can make a real impact.

Sheffield University has no History or German or Film Studies departments. Or, if it does, they can’t be very good ones: otherwise, someone would have pointed out by now that this was exactly the sort of thing the Stasi did in East Germany before the fall of the Berlin Wall.

It was also the subject of film called The Lives Of Others, which won the Oscar for best foreign language movie in 2007.

And it is also a characteristic of every totalitarian regime in history, including Stalin’s Soviet Union, Mao’s China, Hitler’s Germany, Enver Hoxha’s Albania, Pol Pot’s Cambodia.

Nice work, Sheffield!



Former UTA student who says he was hospitalized due to hazing sues fraternity for $1M

A former student at the University of Texas — Arlington says a fraternity hazed him to the point that he was hospitalized for several days and had to withdraw from school in March, according to a lawsuit filed Jan. 8 in Dallas district court.

Roc Riner said that on March 25, the Sigma Chi fraternity forced him to drink copious amounts of alcohol while blindfolded, resulting in him having alcohol poisoning. He is seeking $1 million in relief in the lawsuit.

Riner and his attorney, T Nguyen, filed the suit against the international Sigma Chi corporation, the Risk Management Foundation, the Sigma Chi chapter at UTA and three fraternity members: Alejandro Santana, Lucas Thomason and Travis Willis. The defendants could not immediately be reached for comment.

Ohio State suspends 3 fraternities for hazing, alcohol violations

Three fewer fraternities are recognized by Ohio State after being suspended late last semester for hazing, alcohol and other violations.

The university suspended its Sigma Pi and Zeta Beta Tau chapters through August 2023, and its Phi Delta Theta chapter through August 2024, according to conduct outcome letters sent to the organizations in November.

The suspensions essentially shut down the fraternities and their operations at Ohio State for several years.

The violations included hazing, alcohol, failure to comply with university or civil authorities, and endangering behavior, which Ohio State defines as “taking or threatening action that endangers the safety, physical or mental health, or life of any person, or creates a reasonable fear of such action.”

Two of the three fraternities were disciplined for similar violations in 2017, when Ohio State implemented a blanket suspension of all 37 of its fraternities governed by the Interfraternity Council because of a high number of investigations into their conduct.