COLUMBUS, Ohio – The former president of the now-defunct Sigma Pi fraternity at Ohio University pleaded guilty Tuesday morning to drug and hazing charges in connection with the death of Collin Wiant.
Elijah R. Wahib, 22, of the Cleveland suburb of Westlake, entered a guilty plea to two counts of felony obstruction of justice, felony permitting drug use, and two counts of misdemeanor hazing.
Prosecutors said that as fraternity president, Wahib allowed members to haze pledges, including forcing pledges to consume hot sauce and exercise. He also permitted drug use to take place at the fraternity’s unofficial, off-campus house, in Athens. Marijuana, cocaine, Xanax and ecstasy were found at the residence, according to prosecutors.
After Wiant’s death in November 2018, Wahib instructed his fraternity brothers to not provide any information to Ohio University investigators.
A cutting-edge social media campaign conducted last month by the David Horowitz Freedom Center targeted select professors known for their promotion of Jew hatred and support of anti-Israel terror groups at elite schools including Stanford University, the University of Wisconsin-Madison, the University of California-San Diego, and Rutgers University.
Even as the coronavirus has forced closures of colleges across the nation, anti-Semitism continues to take on new and disturbing dimensions with both Jews and Zionists being blamed for the spread of the virus. National Students for Justice in Palestine—a campus hate group that receives funding from the terror group Hamas—this year instituted a “virtual” Israeli Apartheid week to promote Hamas propaganda and exploit the worldwide pandemic to invoke centuries-old blood libel claims against the Jewish people.
Spurred by this rising tide of anti-Semitism, the Freedom Center published a report this spring exposing the Top Ten Jew-Hating and Terror-Promoting Professors in America. With students and faculty evacuated from campus due to the virus, the Freedom Center conducted a targeted Facebook and Instagram campaign which displayed ads highlighting the atrocious statements and actions of these Jew-hating professors directly to students, faculty, staff, and alumni at four of the ten schools listed in the report. These social media campaigns sought to raise awareness and provoke outrage among individuals with a strong connection to each campus. A second wave of ads promoted a letter-writing campaign to the president or chancellor of each university.
The professors targeted in this social media blitz were Jasbir Puar of Rutgers University, Joel Beinin of Stanford University, Yến Lê Espiritu of the University of California-San Diego, and Samer Alatout of the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
Each one of these professors has abused his or her academic position to promote malicious libels about Israel and the Jews and to promote the genocidal and Hamas-funded Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement against Israel.
Puar has defended violent acts of terrorism against Israelis and has promoted anti-Semitic blood libels against the Jewish people, claiming that the nation of Israel “mined for organs for scientific research” from the Palestinian population and deliberately maimed them and stunted their growth.
Beinin absurdly claimed that “Israel has been the aggressor for most of its historical existence” and described the First Palestinian Intifada (1988-92) as a “strike for peace” against Israeli oppression and lauded “the first martyr of the uprising” while downplaying attacks on Israeli citizens as a “small number of violent incidents.”
Espiritu decorates her university office door with posters glorifying Hamas and accusing Israel of engaging in “apartheid” and has a longstanding reputation for biased and one-sided instruction in the classroom and a blatant intolerance for students with pro-Israel views.
Alatout has spoken in support of the Hamas-funded BDS movement at events organized by the anti-Israel hate group Students for Justice in Palestine and has repeatedly demonized the Jewish state on social media by describing Israel as an “apartheid” nation and falsely claiming that Israel is conducting “ethnic cleansing of Palestine.”
Using eye-catching graphics and memes, the Freedom Center’s social media campaign was able to place this direct evidence of each professor’s anti-Semitism and support for terror directly in the Facebook and Instagram feeds of students, alumni, and fellow educators from each university. Reaction was swift and condemnatory.
“This is NOT the top ten ranking I wanted to see from my Rutgers alma mater,” commented one Rutgers alum on Professor Puar’s inclusion in the Freedom Center’s report. “While I am all for protecting Free Speech, the BDS movement is based on vile ethnic hatred in the guise of pseudo human rights.”
“I’m becoming embarrassed for my alma mater!” a UW-Madison alum commented on an ad chronicling Alatout’s anti-Semitism. “My school—A COMPLETE SHAME!!!” stated another.
“That’s why I won’t give a dime to my alma mater,” wrote one University of California-San Diego alum of Espiritu’s inclusion on the Top Ten list. “This is great that you are outing her,” another commented.
“You weren’t allowed to be Christian at UCSD either,” responded another alum. “I had to pretend not to care every time the professors made fun of Christians where they were met with applause by the gullible. The professors tore anyone who was Christian to shreds. You had even less hope if you were Jewish.”
“I feel some shame in having attended Stanford,” one alum remarked to Beinin’s inclusion on the list. “Took his Arab-Israeli conflict seminar in 1988-89,” wrote another Stanford alum of Beinin. “I suspected by late in the term that I had to write an anti-Israel final to get an A, so I faked one (and got an A-).”
During the four weeks of the social media campaign, the Freedom Center’s ads exposing Jew-hating professors reached 121,000 people across all 4 targeted campuses and garnered 400,000 total impressions.
An NYU professor of business surmises that because of the effects of the coronavirus, anywhere from one-quarter to almost one-half of universities in the nation may go out of business in the next five to ten years. NYU professor Scott Galloway also admitted that foreign students paying full tuition are the “cash cow” for universities and “might decide not to show up.” He commented, “What department stores were to retail, tier-two higher tuition universities are about to become to education and that is they are soon going to become the walking dead.”
Speaking with Hari Sreenivasanon on PBS’ “Amanpour and Co.,” Galloway spoke of the impact of the coronavirus on colleges and universities, forcing them to hold their classes over the internet, and how that may catalyze flight from the universities and the universities’ subsequent downfall. Galloway stated, “Students I think across America along with their families listening in on these Zoom classes are all beginning to wonder what kind of value, or lack thereof, they’re getting for their tuition dollars … There’s generally a recognition or disappointment across America, and I would argue that it’s not that they’re disappointed in the Zoom classes, it’s more the recognition that Zoom has uncovered how disappointing college education is. I think there’s a lot of households saying, ‘This is what we’re paying for?’”
STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. – As part of a hazing ritual, a student from Staten Island pledging to join a women’s fraternity at a college in Albany was subjected to a salacious act which was recorded and shown to other people, a lawsuit alleges.
The incident occurred on April 4, 2019, when the plaintiff, a student at the State University of New York at Albany, was seeking to join the Alpha Xi Delta fraternity, said a civil complaint.
One of her initiation tasks required the young woman to let a male student, who was a member of an associated fraternity, lick whipped cream off her breast and videotape it for others to see, said attorney Michael V. Gervasi.
Students at Wilfrid Laurier University in Waterloo are furious after they’ve been asked to purchase an external webcam so instructors can look over their shoulder remotely during exams, despite the fact that webcams are in short supply on online stores.
Mathematics department chair Roman Makarov wrote in a email to all math students taking summer courses that built-in webcams found on most laptops are not accepted and that “there are no alternatives to writing exams in this manner.” This is so that instructors can have a clear view of the students’ desk space in order to prevent cheating.
The cost to buy an external webcam can run upwards of $100 and more if a student needs to by a tripod in order to mount the webcam properly.
In addition, finding a webcam in stock is a challenge with the increase in people working and learning from home. At most online retailors such as Amazon, Best Buy, Staples and Canada Computers, nearly all available name-brand webcams are out of stock. Third-party resellers have taken to sites such as eBay to sell name-brand webcams with significant markups.
Vincent Ngyuen, a third-year computer science student enrolled in a statistics course over the summer, is one of many students who feel that the external webcam policy is out of line. He told the Star that quality webcams have been “impossible to find” and the small size of his working area makes it difficult for him to properly mount it.
“A lot kids can’t afford webcams and tripods …. It was really unreasonable and I was surprised that (the math department) went ahead and did that,” said Ngyuen.
In a statement to the Star, Wilfrid Laurier spokesperson Lori Morisson said that the university plans on offering alternative options for students who face difficulty obtaining external webcams.
“The university strives to balance the need for measures to ensure academic integrity during online courses and exams with the technology and financial realities of our students.”
However, she further added that the math department believes that the external webcam together with the Respondus Lockdown Browser and Monitor is the “optimal solution for online administration of math exams.”
As for the “alternative measures,” the chair of the Mathematics department has provided suggestions to students as “borrowing or renting equipment and pointing to financial supports available from the government and the institution,” Morrison said.
The president of the Wilfrid Laurier University Students’ Union, Devyn Kelly, said in a statement that the union is concerned about the legitimacy of the external webcam requirements and is actively working to ensure the “proper non-tuition fee/expense guidelines are followed.”
A similar controversy erupted in April at Montreal’s Concordia University, where some instructors had planned to use students’ webcams to monitor their exams, although none of the Concordia instructors required students to purchase external webcams.
He had no official Harvard affiliation, yet Jeffrey Epstein had his own office, key card and Harvard phone line. He would often swing by on weekends to host dinners with academics he wanted to meet.
According to a university report released on Friday, Mr. Epstein, the disgraced financier who killed himself in jail last year, visited Harvard more than 40 times after he was convicted of sex charges involving a minor in 2008.
The report documented more extensive ties than had been previously known between Mr. Epstein and the university, which was one of a number of powerful institutions that he used to help burnish his image. Harvard said it had placed one professor, Martin A. Nowak, on paid administrative leave in response to the findings.
In a letter to the Harvard community, the university’s president, Lawrence S. Bacow, said the university had also donated $200,937 in unspent gifts from Mr. Epstein to organizations that support victims of human trafficking and sexual assault.
Mr. Bacow said that Harvard did not accept any gifts from Mr. Epstein after his conviction in Florida in 2008, when he pleaded guilty to state charges of solicitation of prostitution from a minor and served 13 months in jail. The conviction was part of a widely criticized plea deal that allowed Mr. Epstein to avoid federal charges.
A fired math professor has sued a university in Texas, accusing it of unlawfully firing him over criticizing a flier listing microaggressions.
Nathaniel Hiers filed the suit on Thursday in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas against the University of North Texas, saying he was fired in an “untimely and unconstitutional” manner.
According to the complaint, last November, an unknown person had left a stack of fliers warning about “microaggressions” in the faculty lounge of the math department.
The fliers describe “microaggressions” as “verbal and nonverbal behaviors” that “communicate negative, hostile, and derogatory messages to people rooted in their marginalized group membership (based on gender, race, ethnicity, sexuality, etc.).” The fliers offered examples of statements considered microaggressions — “America is a melting pot,” “I believe the most qualified person should get the job,” and “America is the land of opportunity.”
They also condemned as microaggressions “sexist/heterosexist language,” such as “[b]eing forced to choose Male or Female when completing basic forms.”
Hiers took issue with the claims of the fliers and proceeded to write the message “Don’t leave garbage lying around” with an arrow pointing to the stack.
In response, says the lawsuit, the department chair scolded Hiers for his actions and then dismissed the professor the following week by canceling his contract to teach in spring semester.
“By retaliating against Dr. Hiers for exercising his First Amendment rights, Defendants violated his First Amendment right to free speech, placed unconstitutional conditions on Dr. Hiers’ employment, deprived him of due process and equal protection of law, and breached its contract with him,” reads the complaint, in part.
“The University does not restrain the discretion of its officials or otherwise prohibit officials from punishing or retaliating against a faculty member for engaging in constitutionally protected conduct or expression.”
Hiers is being represented by the Alliance Defending Freedom, a conservative law firm that has argued First Amendment cases before the United States Supreme Court.
“The right to free speech is for everyone—not just those in power. Tolerance is a two-way street,” said ADF Legal Counsel Michael Ross in a statement released Thursday.
“Public universities can’t fire professors just because they don’t endorse every message someone communicates in the faculty lounge. By firing Dr. Hiers, the university sent an explicit message: ‘Agree with us or else.’”
Hiers, the complaint says, “firmly rejects bias and prejudice against any person or group of people,” but “believes that the concept of ‘microaggressions,’ while purporting to serve those ends, actually hurts diversity and tolerance.
“Dr. Hiers believes that many of the statements that the flier condemns as ‘microaggressions’ can (and should) be interpreted in a benign or positive manner. But the fliers teach people to focus on the worst possible interpretation of the statement, to disregard the speaker’s intent, and to impute a discriminatory motive to others.”
Merriam-Webster defines a microaggression as “a comment or action that subtly and often unconsciously or unintentionally expresses a prejudiced attitude toward a member of a marginalized group (such as a racial minority).”
Jenée Desmond-Harris of the liberal news site Vox.com traced the term back to the 1970s and Harvard University professor Chester M. Pierce, who created the term to describe insults he had witnessed against African-Americans.
“These [racial] assaults to black dignity and black hope are incessant and cumulative. Any single one may be gross. In fact, the major vehicle for racism in this country is offenses done to blacks by whites in this sort of gratuitous neverending way,” wrote Pierce, as quoted by Vox.
“These mini disasters accumulate. It is the sum total of multiple microaggressions by whites to blacks that has pervasive effect to the stability and peace of this world.”
Critics of the term have argued that the concept of microaggressions, while real, is often misused to censor dialogue and to foster a culture of victimhood.
“If you establish a positive right to be free from alienating comments, it’s hard to restrict that right only to people who have been victimized in certain ways, or to certain degrees,” wrote Bloomberg columnist Megan McArdle in a 2015 piece.
“The result will be proliferation of groups claiming victim status, attempting to trump the victim status of others.”
OXFORD, Ohio (FOX19) – Several of the 18 suspects facing charges following a fraternity hazing incident at Miami University faced an Oxford judge on Tuesday.
Hugh Webster, Michael Keen, James MacKeigan, Joshua Karl Plaster, Scott Sidner, Grady McMichen, Samay Pahouja, Bennett Faloni, Jonathan Rauch, Benjamin Grossheim, Liam Newcomer and Conner Meek appeared in court.
There were eight guilty pleas and several other cases were continued.
The victim, Tyler Perino, and his mother also appeared in court.
“The moment I knew something was not right was when the acting members made the pledge class, including myself, stay up all night, jam-packed in a room with no food or water. Sadly, I felt that I was trapped in a group of people that would shame me forever for leaving the fraternity,” Perino said.
“The absolute hardest thing for me to hear, in all of this, was that he was hungry and in need of food and you gave him dog food. That’s the most caring thing to do for another is to feed them… and all of you messed with him instead,” his mother said.
According to an indictment, the violent hazing incident took place last March at the Delta Tau Delta Fraternity, where students were beaten with spiked paddles, kicked and forced to drink countless amounts of alcohol and smoke marijuana.
The hazing incident ending up leaving one student hospitalized.
The indictment contains charges of assault and criminal hazing. Some of the men are facing two charges, while others face as many as six.
Maximum penalties for the single hazing charge are a $250 fine and 30 days in jail, however, jail time was suspended.
The assault charges carry a maximum sentence of six months in jail.
Perino’s mother painted a graphic picture of horrific bruising and battering of her son and the forced consumption of alcohol.
“It is nothing short of abuse and no matter what happens as a result in this courtroom today you will have to live with what you did to another human being and how you justified it,” she said.
Jason Londa – Pleaded guilty to hazing
Nicholas Griswold – Pleaded guilty to hazing; $100 fine
Josh Plaster – Pleaded guilty to hazing; $250 fine
Liam Newcomer – Pleaded guilty to hazing; $100 fine
James Mackeigan – Pleaded guilty to hazing; $100 fine, 1-year probation
Michael Keen – Pleaded guilty to hazing; $100 fine
Scott Sidner – Pleaded guilty to hazing; $100 fine
Hugh Webster – Pleaded guilty to hazing; $200 fine
Jonathan Rauch – Continued
Samay Pahouja – Continued
Benjamin Grossheim – Continued
The chapter has been suspended until 2034.
Tyler Joseph Glowaski has already pleaded guilty in this case.
Three other suspects, Nicholas Carmichael, Jason Londa and Alex Niezyniecki, are expected to face a judge on March 10.
The chapter has an option to petition after 10 years in 2029 to be reinstated on campus.
But there’s another group that seems to have largely escaped the public’s wrath, despite their unique role in driving this entirely unnecessary crisis. We take it for granted that our kids “need” to obtain a college degree because so many jobs require them, but the need is mostly artificial. Thousands of employers across the country have chosen to arbitrarily inflate their job requirements, often demanding that applicants have degrees for positions that don’t actually necessitate them. And it’s only getting worse. Positions that didn’t require any degree 20 years ago now require a bachelor’s, and positions that required a bachelors 20 years ago now require a master’s. This, again, is artificial. People without degrees could perform the tasks necessary for most of these positions but employers disqualify them from consideration right out of the gate, for no good reason.
Obviously, some jobs really do require additional formal schooling. Nobody is suggesting that a guy with a high school diploma should be hired off the street to perform brain surgery at Johns Hopkins. But most jobs outside of science and medicine have to be learned by doing. It’s not as though companies save money on training new hires by limiting themselves to college graduates. They still have to train the college graduates, which is no surprise because most college graduates have little to no work experience.
It might be argued that employers look for the degree because, even if it’s in dance theory or comparative religion, it at least proves that the applicant is competent and hardworking. Well, I’d like to see some research supporting that assumption. I see no reason to conclude that college grads are any smarter, any more competent, or any harder working than non-college grads. In fact, I’d wager that the scale tips the other way. A 23-year-old who has been working and supporting himself since 18 has already demonstrated, at a minimum, that he has the basic skills necessary to be a functioning adult in society. A 23-year-old who has been sitting in classrooms all that time has not demonstrated that or anything else. All the college degree proves, in and of itself, is that he either had the money to pay for a degree or was willing to take on the debt. Why should that fact alone mean that his resume goes to the top of the stack?
We all know the truth. Employers demand high price degrees for entry level positions that a moderately intelligent monkey could learn in less than week simply out of laziness. The degree requirement is a way to cull the herd of applicants, making it easier and quicker to sift through. If qualified applicants are tossed aside, that’s a sacrifice the employer is willing to make for the sake of streamlining the process. But if it wasn’t for the arbitrary demands of these lazy HR departments, kids out of high school may not feel the need to take on crushing debt just to obtain a piece of paper that may only ever function as a calling card that prevents their resumes from being automatically thrown in the trash.
Perhaps the companies that unjustly discriminate against competent workers who lack that piece of paper should finally start absorbing some of the scorn and blame we direct everywhere except at them. Yes, they have every right to come up with whatever unnecessary and expensive job requirements they want. But they deserve to be named and shamed for it. Much of the current crisis is their fault. And it’s about time we hold them responsible for it.
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — A student is suing Drake University, along with a fraternity at the school and several fellow students for an unspecified amount after he said he nearly died from a hazing incident.
Court documents filed Feb. 7 show Marcus Shields is suing the school, Theta Chi fraternity, its Drake chapter and others. The lawsuit says Shields was a 19-year-old freshman last year and a Theta Chi pledge when the fraternity engaged in hazing, included coercing and forcing him to drink excessive amounts of alcohol.
The lawsuit says Shields became dangerously drunk and was vomiting and pleading that he “didn’t want to die.”
Shields says in the lawsuit that he lost consciousness and was taken by ambulance to a hospital, where he had to be resuscitated due to acute alcohol poisoning. His lawsuit says he suffered severe and permanent injuries.
Shields’ lawsuit says both Drake and Theta Chi were negligent, accusing Drake of failing to enforce its anti-hazing policy and the fraternity of failing to supervise the Gamma Tau chapter.
Drake University issued a statement noting the incident was off-campus and that it provided “appropriate assistance and support” to Shields. The fraternity issued a statement saying it does not tolerate hazing.
- Antonio Tsialas, 18, attended a Phi Kappa Psi “dirty rush” party at Cornell University on Oct. 24. He was found dead in a gorge two days later.
- The party “Christmas in October,” featured seven rooms of drinking games, according to a lawsuit.
- Freshman were “encouraged or coerced” to drink large amounts of alcohol that varied by the theme of the room.
- Tsialas’ death has resulted in more regulations for Greek life at Cornell, as well as a lawsuit against the university and fraternity.
Cornell University freshman Antonio Tsialas was found dead at the base of a gorge in October.
Two days earlier, Tsialas had attended a fraternity party where a series of “drinking events” were planned across seven rooms on the house’s main floor, according to a lawsuit filed by Tsialas’ family against Cornell and the fraternity.
“About fifteen minutes after arriving, the fraternity leaders appeared and made an announcement to the group: If you are ever asked, you were never here. No phones. No video. No photographs,” the lawsuit says. “And with that, the PHI KAPPA PSI tradition of Christmas in October was underway.”
The lawsuit filed in Tompkins County, New York, and reported on by The Cornell Sun, details the last night of Tsialas life and provides insight into the alleged Phi Kappa Psi rush practices.
The “dirty rush party” on Oct. 24 coincided with parents weekend. Before a fraternity member picked up Tsialas, 18, and took him to the party, he had dinner at a local Thai restaurant with his mother, Flavia Tomasello.
At dinner, the college freshman told his mother that he loved Cornell, was enjoying classes and making friends, according to the lawsuit. He also was excited about being selected as a campus tour guide.
“It was the last time Flavia Tomasello ever saw her son,” the lawsuit said.
After dinner, Tsialas took a Lyft back to campus and a “parade of vehicles” from Phi Kappa Psi arrived to pick up potential pledges.
Once at the frat house, the students were taken on a tour of the rooms, where they were encouraged, “or coerced” to drink heavily based on the theme of the room, according to the lawsuit.
In the “tropical room,” students had to limbo under a stick while sorority women poured alcohol down their throats.
In the “beer room,” the students would be divided into teams competing to chug the most beer. At one point they would be turned upside down and have their heads dunked in a trash can full of beer.
In the “wine room,” the young men would play a dice game involving chugging wine from a pitcher.
The “Jewish room,” was decorated to look like a bar mitzvah and students drank vodka and beer from a pyramid of glasses.
In the “Santa Claus room,” students sat on the lap of a person dressed as Santa Claus and were told what they had to drink based on whether they were “naughty or nice.” They couldn’t leave the room until they drank a “Christmas gift” of a full bottle of liquor.
In “the lounge,” the freshmen would take shots of whip cream and liquor, topping off the evening, according to the lawsuit.
By the time the night ended, the students were to have visited all seven rooms.
The lawsuit, filed by Miami-based attorney David Bianchi, alleges that fraternity members then let Tsialas leave the party without making arrangements for him to get home safely.
The next day, his mother went to the Cornell bookstore to meet her son as planned, but he never arrived.
His body was found two days after the party.
After Tsialas was found, the Cornell University Police Department wrote in an email to the Cornell community that “no foul play is suspected,” according to The Sun.
The ongoing lawsuit, which seeks compensation for the pain suffered by Tsialas before his death, named the fraternity’s executive board members and house manager, along with several members and a campus advisor.
An IUP fraternity is being investigated by the university due to a hazing incident that occurred December 2019.
Phi Kappa Psi, a fraternity founded in 1852 in Indianapolis, has been threatened with suspension over an incident that occurred Dec. 10 in which the university received a video showing new members crawling or doing pushups on a floor covered with liquid, according to the Act 80 Anti-Hazing Final Report.
The video also showed a member kicking a new member on the floor and was captioned “Hell.”
The Penn reached out to Phi Psi members and IUP exectutive director of media relations Michelle Fryling.
No one responded as of Monday night.
This isn’t the first incident of Phi Psi being under report for hazing incidences. The earliest recorded incident at IUP was when Phi Psi was suspended in 2010 due to an off-campus brawl involving fraternity members.
Phi Psi remained quiet for a while until 2016, when the university received a tip of alleged hazing from a non-IUP student.
The behavior was documented on GroupMe, a messaging services for group chats. The behavior included possession, consumption of alcohol by underage new members, verbal abuse and tasks or errands that seemed abnormal to ask of new members to complete.
Phi Psi was found responsible, and it led to five members being suspended while others were sanctioned.
There were multiple incidents in 2017 which resulted in stayed suspension and police involvement. On April 29, 2017, Indiana Borough Police arrived at Phi Psi, issued citations due to a fight between fraternity members and football players and left. However, they had to go back twice that night.
The third time was due to a violent altercation when four members, Jalen B. Coriano-Nix, Zachary M. Cortese, Nicholas M. Driggs and Grant R. Palmer beat Boniface K. “J.R.” Stevens.
According to eyewitness reports, a Phi Kappa Psi member Augustus L. “Augie” Secrest pulled a gun during the night and pointed it to the face of one of the victim’s roommates.
No arrests were made, but citations were given.
Coriano-Nix and Driggs pleaded guilty to disorderly conduct, and Cortese’s charges were withdrawn or treated as summary defenses, according to Indiana County court records.
Since that night, IUP football players were banned from fraternity parties.
On Oct. 12, 2017, a report was received by IUP about the forced consumption of alcohol by underage new members, verbal and physical abuse and the forced cleaning of the frat house.
The hearing found the chapter not responsible for hazing but was sanctioned for other negative behaviors. The result was stayed suspension, in which the fraternity may operate as a fraternity on probationary terms, and alumni suspension.
Phi Kappa Psi was founded Feb. 19, 1852, by William Henry Letterman and Charles Page Thomas Moore in Indianapolis. The fraternity consists of more than 300,000 men who are members. Most of them are lifetime members with Phi Psi.
Its motto, “United by friendship, sustained by honor, and led by truth, we live and we flourish,” ties into the fraternity’s rule of conduct, which is the “great joy of serving others.” Its colors are cardinal red and hunter green.
However, each chapter has their own motto, and IUP’s is “live ever die never.”
Currently, Phi Psi is awaiting the ruling on its disciplinary consequences yet again due to the events on Dec. 10.
A Cornell University freshman found dead in an upstate New York ravine in October attended a fraternity party with seven drinking rooms the night before he went missing, according to a lawsuit filed by his parents.
Antonio Tsialas, an 18-year-old from Miami, went missing on Oct. 24. His body was found two days later in a gorge in Ithaca.
When he was found, the teen still had on a sweatshirt he wore to the Phi Kappa Psi fraternity party, according to the lawsuit filed Wednesday in Tompkins County Supreme Court in Ithaca. A white shirt he had been wearing underneath was located along the side of the gorge in a bush.
The white shirt had vomit on it and the imprint of a shoe or sneaker, the suit says. The teen’s cellphone was not found.
His parents, Flavia Tomasello and John Tsialas, are suing the fraternity, the Ivy League school and several Phi Kappa Psi members, alleging negligence and premise liability. They are seeking damages.
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.
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.
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.”
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.