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.

Lawsuit: ‘Death march’ was fraternity’s last blow in California student’s death

The parents of a UC Riverside student who died the day after hiking Mt. Rubidoux in what their attorney says was an illegal hazing ritual sued the Alpha Phi Alpha fraternity on Friday, alleging wrongful death.

Tyler Hilliard, 20, died Sept. 16, 2018. The lawsuit filed by attorney V. James DeSimone on behalf of Myeasha Kimble and William Hilliard also alleges the fraternity — its national corporation and its local chapter — violated the state law against hazing and was negligent. The lawsuit did not identify a cause of death or list the amount of money being sought.

“Tyler had been subjected to lengthy hazing rituals that lasted for weeks if not months, terminating in his final death march at Mount Rubidoux,” says the lawsuit, which was filed in Superior Court in Riverside.

Fraternity spokesman Eric Webb, in an emailed statement Saturday, said his organization does not comment on pending litigation. He did add, “The Fraternity does not condone and strictly prohibits any illegal acts, including any hazing in any form, whether physical or mental, as a term or condition of membership in the organization.”

The national office said at the time of Hilliard’s death that it was investigating the circumstances and had suspended the UCR chapter. The university, which is not named as a defendant, banished the fraternity from campus in the spring “as a result of risk management concerns,” the UCR website says.

Lawsuit: ‘Death march’ was fraternity’s last blow in California student’s death

Colleges infantilizing Adult students by turning their phones into surveillance machines

When Syracuse University freshmen walk into professor Jeff Rubin’s Introduction to Information Technologies class, seven small Bluetooth beacons hidden around the Grant Auditorium lecture hall connect with an app on their smartphones and boost their “attendance points.”

And when they skip class? The SpotterEDU app sees that, too, logging their absence into a campus database that tracks them over time and can sink their grade. It also alerts Rubin, who later contacts students to ask where they’ve been. His 340-person lecture has never been so full.

“They want those points,” he said. “They know I’m watching and acting on it. So, behaviorally, they change.”

Short-range phone sensors and campuswide WiFi networks are empowering colleges across the United States to track hundreds of thousands of students more precisely than ever before. Dozens of schools now use such technology to monitor students’ academic performance, analyze their conduct or assess their mental health.

But some professors and education advocates argue that the systems represent a new low in intrusive technology, breaching students’ privacy on a massive scale. The tracking systems, they worry, will infantilize students in the very place where they’re expected to grow into adults, further training them to see surveillance as a normal part of living, whether they like it or not.

Family sues UC Riverside fraternity over son’s death allegedly linked to hazing

RIVERSIDE, Calif. (KABC) — More than a year after Tyler Hilliard died from what his family alleges was a hazing incident, his family is suing the UC Riverside fraternity they claim is responsible for his death.

“We are suffering the loss,” Myeasha Hilliard, Tyler’s mother, said. “We suffer with it every day.”

Tyler, 20, was about to begin his junior year at University of California Riverside when he started pledging the Alpha Phi Alpha fraternity.

On Sept. 15, 2018 fraternity members took the pledges to Mount Rubidoux in Riverside for a run.

“Tyler was subjected to harmful, humiliating and life-threatening hazing rituals that ended at Mount Roubidoux where he apparently collapsed and was taken by ambulance to the hospital where he died the following day,” Attorney Toni Jaramilla said. “We believe he was kicked in the chest as part of a hazing ritual.”

The family is suing the fraternity and the UC Riverside chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha. They are not suing the university. Riverside police are investigating.

Hazing in the state of California is illegal.

The fraternity’s website states the organization is against hazing.

A week before Tyler died, his parents say he ended up in the hospital after an alleged hazing incident.

Tyler’s father, William, said: “We’d like for anyone to come forward with more information than what we’ve already received. And I’m sure there’s a whole lot more than what we have knowledge of.”

His mother says there were other people up the mountain with Tyler and she hopes more of them will come forward.

We reached out to the fraternity’s national headquarters in Baltimore asking for comment. So far they haven’t gotten back to us.