REPORT: Students must acknowledge benefitting from genocide to take classes

At George Brown College (GBC), students must reportedly admit that they benefit from the “colonization and genocide” of the local native population before they can access online courses.

GBC is located in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.

The statement, mandated through an IT waiver, reportedly requires students to acknowledge the Indigenous people of Toronto and commit themselves to “engage in resistance” to injustice.

It reads:

“We acknowledge this sacred land on which George Brown College operates. As settlers or the displanted, we benefit from the colonization and genocide of the Indigenous peoples of this land. In order to engage in resistance and solidarity against the past and present injustices inflicted on the Indigenous people of this land, it is imperative we constantly engage in acts of awareness and decolonization.”

Students cannot opt out or reject the statement. Those who oppose or refuse to sign the statement are reportedly barred from accessing their classes. 

[RELATED: ‘This is not our land’: Students pen editorial on ‘dark origins’ of Thanksgiving]

GBC stated that the statement is not intended to force students into submission to its ideology, but to “inform through acknowledgement.”

“This acknowledgement is to generate awareness and offer opportunities for personal reflection,” the waiver states.

GBU has a history of imposing land acknowledgements on students, and they are frequently posted on university-sponsored communication channels. 

GBC hosts an additional land acknowledgement on its website.

It reads:

“George Brown College is located on the traditional territory of the Mississaugas of the Credit First Nation and other Indigenous peoples who have lived here over time. We are grateful to share this land as treaty people who learn, work and live in the community with each other.”

According to the college website, the land acknowledgement is required to be read at speaker events prior to the playing of the national anthem, O Canada. 

The order acknowledges the “historical order” of the land.

It is also used on presentation slides, college-affiliated websites, and in email signatures.

[RELATED: Cornell is the latest university to adopt Native American ‘land acknowledgement’ statement]

Campus Reform has reported on the rise of land acknowledgements in the United States. In January, Campus Reform spoke to a University of Washington professor who was censored by the administration for promoting an alternative land acknowledgement.

Rather than acknowledge the previous occupation of the property, Stuart Reges included a sentence in his classroom syllabus that suggested the “Coast Salish people” do not own the land currently occupied by the university.

“I acknowledge that by the labor theory of property the Coast Salish people can claim historical ownership of almost none of the land currently occupied by the University of Washington,” it read.

The statement was removed from the syllabus by the university. Administrators apologized to students and allowed offended students to switch to a different course under another instructor.

Campus Reform contacted the university for comment. This article will be updated accordingly.

https://www.campusreform.org/article?id=19647

Former Virginia Tech football player acquitted of beating to death  a male sex predator who posed as woman on Tinder

A former Virginia Tech football player was acquitted of beating his male Tinder date to death after claiming the hook-up had lied about being a woman then performed oral sex on him. 

Isimemen Etute, 19, was found not guilty of a charge of second-degree murder in the 2021 death of Jerry Smith, 40, of Blacksburg, Virginia.

Etute says he visited the victim last year to engage in oral sex with a woman he believed to be named ‘Angie,’ but who was actually Smith. 

Etute told police Smith was hiding his face during the intercourse, and paid him $50 at the end.

The athlete also said he stopped messaging Smith after the interaction because he wasn’t sure ‘Angie’ was telling the truth about their identity

But a month later, Smith reached out to him again and invited him over, telling him to bring some friends.

He then went back to Smith’s downtown Blacksburg apartment to find out whether Smith was a male or a female, police said. He used his phone’s flashlight in the darkened apartment to get a better look at Smith. 

Prosecutors told the jury earlier that Etute, then 18, became enraged and fatally beat Smith when he discovered ‘Angie’ was actually a man. The linebacker reportedly groped Smith before allegedly beating him to death in what Etute said was self-defense. 

In his testimony Thursday, Etute had testified that Smith reached for what Etute thought was a gun. Smith did not own a gun, but police reported finding a knife between the man’s mattress and box spring.

Etute said he punched Smith five times and kicked him to gain time to escape the apartment.

As the football player was leaving, prosecutors say, Etute heard ‘bubbling and gurgling’ coming from Smith but did not call the police. 

Prosecutor Patrick Jensen had maintained that Etute had not acted in self-defense. He argued that after Etute punched Smith and Smith fell to the floor, there was ‘no way’ Smith could have reached a weapon under his mattress.

‘He could never reach a gun from there,’ Jensen said.

Jensen recalled the testimony of medical examiner Dr. Amy Tharp, who Jensen said testified Smith had been the victim of a ‘brutal beating.’

Jensen said that while Etute was wearing flip-flops at the time of the encounter, those shoes were attached to a ‘big person’ and a ‘strong person.’ He compared Etute, an ‘elite college athlete,’ to Smith, who weighed 153 pounds. 

‘That’s a big disparity,’ Jensen said.

The former Virginia tech player also testified that he felt ‘violated’ after Smith lied to him. 

One of the prosecutors said at closing arguments Friday that Etute gave different versions of events to police and the jury, and that the charge may have been enough for him to change his testimony.

‘He has a tremendous amount riding on this trial,’ Jensen had said during his closing argument hours earlier Friday, The Roanoke Times reported.

Defense attorney Jimmy Turk also told the jurors earlier on Friday that the commonwealth’s evidence was circumstantial, while the defense’s evidence, which included the testimony of Etute, was direct.

Turk also said Smith was ‘controlling the entire environment and the entire episode.’ He added that Smith had ‘demanded that it be dark’ and had hidden a knife under his mattress ‘in case there was something awry.’

Turk also argued that police didn’t ask Etute essential questions about Smith’s knife or Etute’s fear while in the apartment, two questions whose answers could have shown whether Etute was afraid for his life and acting in self-defense. 

The jury deliberated for approximately three hours before returning its verdict around 6.30pm, The Roanoke Times reported. 

Immediately after the verdict was announced, Smith’s family quickly left the courtroom.

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-10862373/Jurors-deliberating-former-football-players-murder-trial.html

Johns Hopkins hires professor known for a Paedophilia apologist

Johns Hopkins University announced that it will welcome a professor who previously resigned from a teaching position after defending sexual attraction to children.

“We are excited to share that Allyn Walker, PhD, will be joining the Moore Center as a postdoctoral fellow on May 25,” the Moore Center for Prevention of Child Sexual Abuse tweeted on Thursday.

Walker, who was formerly employed as an assistant professor by Old Dominion University, came under fire after publishing a book that defended pedophilia and attempted to de-stigmatize offenders by labeling them “minor-attracted people.”

Moore Center Communications and Marketing Manager Maria Blackburn told Campus Reform that Walker will “support multiple, large-scale, ongoing research projects and help identify new projects.” 

“Walker’s expertise and qualitative research methodology will enhance and advance the Center’s work,” Blackburn added.

Blackburn described as a “leader in the field of perpetration prevention research” and her former role at ODU was noted. However, the reason for her resignation was omited.

Pressure from critics and students on campus resulted in Walker being placed on administrative leave. She later resigned but accused the criticism of her research as being transphobic. 

“That research was mischaracterized by some in the media and online, partly because of my trans identity,” Walker wrote in a joint statement with ODU after her departure.

Walker’s book “A Long, Dark Shadow: Minor-Attracted People and Their Pursuit of Dignity” was published in June and argues that adults who are sexually attracted to children are not necessarily predators. Rather, the book challenges the notion by providing research into the lives of “minor-attracted persons.”

[RELATED: Old Dominion University criminal justice professor defends pedophilia]

“Navigating guilt, shame, and fear, this universally maligned group demonstrate remarkable resilience and commitment to living without offending and to supporting and educating others,” the book description states. 

According to Walker, there is “no morality or immorality attached to attraction” because attraction is beyond the offender’s control.

“A lot of people when they hear the term pedophile, they automatically assume that it means a sex offender. And that isn’t true,” Walker said in an interview with Protasia in November. “And it leads to a lot of misconceptions about attractions toward minors.”

After the news shattered about Walker’s research, students at Old Dominion University immediately began calling for his termination. ODU College Republican President Andrew Lambakis told Campus Reform last semester that opposition to Walker was a unifying effort.

“You can see that he’s legitimizing pedophilia by saying that we should use the term minor attracted persons. We should be very careful in re-wording, like, the English language, if you would, because we don’t want to make it seem like it’s okay to be attracted to minors,” he said. “That’s what a lot of people think it implies. I think so. We ought to be using the term pedophile.”

[RELATED: The Moore Center for Prevention of Child Sexual Abuse  researches child sexual abuse to create “a public health approach to preventing child sexual abuse.”]

“As a leading international authority on public health, the School is dedicated to protecting health and saving lives,” the Moore center website states. “The School works to keep millions around the world safe from violence, illness and injury by pioneering new research, deploying its knowledge and expertise in the field, and educating tomorrow’s scientists and practitioners in the global defense of human life.”

Campus Reform contacted John Hopkins University for comment. This article will be updated accordingly.

https://www.campusreform.org/article?id=19560

Christian college accused of banning student for having premarital sex after she reported rape

Mara Louk, a former student of Visible Music College, alleges that the small conservative Christian school in Tennessee banned her from campus for having premarital sex after she reported being choked and raped by another student last November, a complaint filed with the U.S. Department of Education on Wednesday reveals.

“I just felt like, why did I even speak up?” the 22-year-old aspiring singer-songwriter told NBC News. “That’s truly how I felt for a long time because everything seemed to keep getting worse.”

Louk, who is represented by powerhouse attorney Cari S. Simon of The Fierberg National Law Group, claims in the complaint that she was raped by a male classmate at her off-campus apartment on Nov. 2, 2021. 

She alleges that her rapist, who is unnamed in the complaint, had visited her apartment to play a board game. It was the first time they had ever spent time alone.

Louk wants the Education Department to investigate if Visible Music College violated the Clery Act, a federal campus safety law that requires colleges to advise students who report a sexual offense of their rights and assistance options. The complaint also asks the federal government to determine if the school discriminated against Louk under Title IX gender equity civil rights law.

Neither Louk’s attorney nor Visible Music College immediately responded Monday when contacted for comment on the complaint by the Christian Post.

Details highlighted by NBC News show that after the assault on Nov. 2, Louk said she reported what happened to a school administrator because she shared classes with the male student and didn’t want to be harassed.

On Nov. 4, Louk also reported the assault to the Memphis Police Department, according to records reviewed by NBC News.

A week later, she was informed by investigators that they did not have enough evidence to make an arrest on her allegations.

An official at Visible Music College also told Louk and her parents that because of the findings of the Memphis Police Department’s investigation into the alleged rape, “there’s really nothing we can do at this point, so he will be attending classes like normal.”

Louk was encouraged to take up further concerns about the investigation with the local police.

According to the complaint, Louk was confronted by school officials about the nature of her relationship with her ex-boyfriend because the accused rapist had reportedly told school officials that Louk’s ex-boyfriend had confirmed that he had sex with her that semester. Even though she denied the claim, Visible Music College officials told her she would be disciplined for breaking school rules.

“It felt like a movie,” Louk told NBC News. “It didn’t seem real; it didn’t feel real. I kept thinking this is just a crazy, horrible nightmare, and hopefully, one day, I’ll wake up from it.”

As part of her discipline, Visible Music College reportedly asked Louk to sign a “pastoral care contract,” confessing to breaking the school’s rules regarding premarital sex. She would then have to finish her degree online and be barred from the campus and speaking to other students about her rape allegations.

https://www.christianpost.com/us/christian-college-allegedly-banned-student-for-premarital-sex.html

The ‘Abolish Greek Life’ Movement Calls for an End to Toxic Fraternity, Sorority Culture

Fraternities and sororities have long faced criticism for perpetuating a culture of exclusion, sexism, hazing, and substance abuse. The backlash against these organizations has intensified in recent years due to a growing number of high-profile incidents of discrimination against underrepresented races and ethnicities, sexual assault, and multiple deaths as a result of alcohol abuse and violent hazing rituals. 

Now, some students are calling for an end to Greek life on college campuses all together.

“The system is broken. We cannot adequately reform Greek life. We must abolish it,” states a Change.org petition created by the Abolish Greek Life movement, which is made up largely of former fraternity and sorority members who have left their organizations in protest of what they say is the toxic and bigoted nature of historically White fraternities and sororities (HWFS). Members include students from Duke University, Emory University, Northwestern University, Tufts University, and more. 

Many students, both inside and outside Interfraternity Council and Panhellenic (IFCPH) chapters, have experienced incidences of racism, misogyny, classism, homophobia, transphobia, ableism, and sexual assault due to systemic oppression within HWFS, according to the group. 

“IFCPH is more likely to attract non-working class, White, and higher-income students; it also sustains a cycle of privilege in which White students are more likely to gain professional opportunities than their non-White peers: 76 percent of U.S. Senators, 85 percent of Fortune 500 executives, and 85 percent of Supreme Court justices since 1910 have been alumni of fraternities and sororities,” the Change.org petition states.

The authors of the petition also state that even those Greek organizations that have diverse memberships are “still part of a system that is deeply misogynistic, racist, and classist.”

The largest exodus from Greek life thus far has been at Vanderbilt University (VU), where hundreds of students withdrew from their fraternities and sororities in July after a video of a Greek community member using a racial slur was posted on social media. Greek life has traditionally been a staple in VU culture, with more than 35 percent of undergraduates belonging to such an organization, according to the university’s website. A 2019 report by the VU student newspaper, however, found that demographic changes to the student body have contributed to a recent decrease in participation. The report found that fraternity and sorority recruitment experienced a 20-year low in 2019.

Some colleges and universities have already taken steps to temporarily disband specific fraternities and sororities or to reform the culture of such organizations. Penn State University took measures to shutter and reform Greek life on its campus after a 19-year-old student, Timothy Piazza, died during an alcohol-related hazing event for the Beta Theta Pi fraternity in 2017. The university responded to the tragedy by suspending some fraternities and implementing stricter regulations for alcohol-related events, including limiting the number of parties that Greek organizations are allowed to host annually and requiring that alcohol be served at such events only by state-certified bartenders. In 2019, it formed the Timothy J. Piazza Center for Fraternity and Sorority Research and Reform, a multidisciplinary research center dedicated to supporting positive educational outcomes, student safety, and the reduction of high-risk behaviors.

More recently, the University of Northern Colorado in February banned all Greek organizations from participating in university-sanctioned activities following multiple reports of alcohol and substance abuse, sexual misconduct, and physical violence. In response, the North American Interfraternity Conference (NIC) condemned the ban, stating on its website that implementing “blanket community actions disincentivize[s] following the rules and taking care of each other since responsible students are treated just like their peers causing problems. Additionally, blanket actions erode trust between campus partners and students, alumni, and inter/national organizations, because these actions come off as unilateral, lacking basic principles of due process.”

The NIC, which represents 58 nationwide fraternities, has also announced that it is launching an initiative to support diversity, equity, and inclusion among its fraternities by creating and enhancing diversity resources, partnering with other councils and associations, and hosting digital discussions on racism.  

Greek Life and the Spread of COVID-19
Greek life has most recently been connected to the spread of the coronavirus on college campuses due to close living quarters, recruitment events, and “super spreader” parties where multiple students convene without taking social distancing precautions or wearing masks. 

By mid-August, The New York Times had identified at least 251 cases of the virus tied to fraternities and sororities across the U.S. At the University of Washington, at least 165 of the 290 cases identified by the school were associated with its Greek life community, according to The New York Times. The local IFC chapter has responded by prohibiting social events and gatherings for the remainder of the 2020 calendar year. At the University of California, Berkeley, 47 cases were identified in a single week in early July, most of which were connected to the Greek system.

More than 160 University of Mississippi students tested positive for COVID-19 in June, with outbreaks reportedly linked to Greek rush parties, according to U.S. News & World Report

As of mid-September, reports of super spreader parties hosted by fraternities and sororities at institutions across the U.S. have continued to rise, leading colleges to take further action by banning or taking punitive measures against these organizations and thus raising more concerns about their future within the higher education system.●

Mariah Stewart is a senior staff writer for INSIGHT Into Diversity. This article was published in our October 2020 issue.

Western’s Zeta Psi fraternity under investigation for party druggings

Investigations are underway into a party held by a Western fraternity, Zeta Psi, that occurred in January where several women allege they were drugged and taken to hospital.

Investigations by London Police, Western University, Zeta Psi and Panhellenic Council are currently ongoing after an unknown number of reports that several women were drugged during a party held by Zeta Psi in January.

According to a report from CBC News, one of the women who attended the party had “four or five drinks” and was taken to the hospital after the inexplicable effects of those drinks, which was something she had never experienced before when consuming alcohol.

CBC did not identify the woman or whether she was a Western student.

The woman said she believes a drug was slipped into her drink and she later received a drug test from Western student health services. The results showed the presence of an opioid that she did not take, according to the report.

Many other party goers, especially women, were possibly drugged as well that January after a doctor’s remark that others had arrived at University Hospital experiencing similar effects, leaving them incoherent and confused.

London Police Services has confirmed the incident report to the Gazette and that an investigation is in progress. LPS declined to comment on the ongoing investigation.

The incident occured just four months after reports of drugging and sexual violence during Western’s Orientation Week. The report led to a police investigation, a student-led sexual and gender-based violence walkout, the implementation of mandatory sexual violence training for students in residence and an external investigation into the reports.

In a statement to the Gazette, Western’s interim associate vice-president of student experience Chris Alleyne said the university would use the “full force” of Western’s gender-based and sexual violence policies and student code of conduct to address incidents like the one described by the woman.

“Western does not formally recognize fraternities or sororities and has no formal affiliation with them, but the fact remains that they are our students and we want to ensure all our students are safe and supported wherever they are,” said Alleyne.

The University Student Council also moved to cut ties with Western’s Greek scene after reports of sexual violence in campus residences came to light in September. The council voted to end Greek Life special privileges in October.

USC president Zamir Fakirani said he was heartbroken to hear about the incident and expressed his disappointment in the lack of action taken by the Greek life community.

“I’m so appreciative and inspired by the survivor who came forward and the various other folks who came forward as well,” said Fakirani. “But … I was disappointed at the lack of meaningful and transparent action to address gender-based violence which is quite pervasive in the Greek life system.”

According to CBC News, the Panhellenic Council, which oversees sororities at Western, is also investigating the incident. The council met with all sorority presidents and moved to cancel all events with the Zeta Psi fraternity.

“All sorority presidents have met regarding this issue  and have collectively decided to cancel all events with Zeta [Psi], indefinitely, and are discouraging members from attending any events at their house,” an internal communication obtained by CBC reportedly said.

https://westerngazette.ca/news/western-s-zeta-psi-fraternity-under-investigation-for-party-druggings/article_586f2916-c73e-11ec-94b2-772301d4cdf5.html

Ohio public university to pay $400,000 in damages after punishing professor over preferred pronoun controversy

A public university in Ohio will pay $400,000 in damages and attorney fees after punishing a professor for declining a male student’s demand to be referred to as a female.

Nick Meriwether, a philosophy professor at Shawnee State University, responded to a male student’s question during a January 2018 political philosophy class by saying “Yes, sir.” When the class ended, the student identified to the professor as transgender, and demanded to be referred to as a woman in the future, along with “feminine titles and pronouns,” according to the Alliance Defending Freedom, which represented the professor in court. Doing so, Meriwether maintained, would have violated his convictions as a Christian.

Meriwether didn’t agree to the student’s request, and court documents state that the student became belligerent and told the professor that he would be fired.

The student filed a complaint with the university, launching an investigation which eventually determined that Meriwether “effectively created a hostile environment” for the student because he would not use the preferred pronouns. Meriwether did offer to call the student by any name requested, but the student did not accept the offer.

Shawnee State University would then place a written warning in Meriwether’s personnel file, which stated that “further corrective actions” would be taken if a similar incident occurred.

The professor sued Shawnee State University, claiming that it violated his “right to free exercise of religion under the First Amendment.”

In March 2021, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 6th Circuit ruled in favor of Meriwether, reversing a district court’s prior dismissal of the lawsuit and allowing the professor to continue his lawsuit against the university.

https://www.foxnews.com/us/ohio-public-university-to-pay-400000-in-damages-after-punishing-professor-for-misgendering-student

‘Arrest Bill Gates’: Protesters confront billionaire at speaking venue

Reacting to his outsized financial support and promotion of the mRNA vaccines and the mandates, thousands of protesters on Sunday surrounded the venue where Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates was scheduled to speak and called for his arrest.

The billionaire philanthropist was at the Vancouver Trade & Convention Center in the Canadian city to deliver a keynote address at a four-day TED Talk conference, reported Alicia Powe for the Gateway Pundit.

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Activist Chris Sky, who is known for leading protests of the vaccine mandates in Canada, led a peaceful march to the front door of the convention center.

“Arrest Bill Gates! Arrest Bill Gates!” the protesters chanted.

LSU suspends fraternity for hazing after alleged ‘Hell Week’ kidnapping, assault

Louisiana State University suspended one of its fraternities after a probe into hazing allegations found that the organization engaged in numerous “Hell Week” activities between 2017 and 2020, including an instance in which some members kidnapped and assaulted one of their own.

According to a letter provided to The Advocate that was sent to the fraternity by LSU’s Division of Student Affairs, the school suspended its Sigma Alpha Epsilon chapter through May 31, 2023, after it found the organization forced pledges to engage in “various levels of personal servitude,” including having them run errands, buy food and clean members’ homes and cars. Pledges were also forced to eat condiments and do lineups and calisthenics, the document says.

The letter, which was dated March 24, also claims that on Oct. 18, 2020, a “large group” of individuals “kidnapped and assaulted an active member” of the fraternity during a traditional initiation practice.

As a result, the school determined that Sigma Alpha Epsilon “violated the policies of coercive behavior, endangerment and hazing,” wrote Kyrsti Wyatt, assistant director of LSU’s Student Advocacy and Accountability Office.

Louisiana state law requires that hazing policy violations result in automatic suspension.

During its suspension, the fraternity will be prohibited from meeting on campus and hosting or participating in social or university events or activities. It will also be banned from soliciting or initiating new members.

Due to the severity of the violations, Wyatt said the organization will enter a two-year disciplinary probation period from June 1, 2023, through May 31, 2025. Before returning to campus, members must meet a number of requirements, including convening with the Office of the Dean of Students to develop a two-year plan to “ensure the chapter’s successful reintegration into LSU’s Greek community.”

“Successful development of the plan is a prerequisite for Sigma Alpha Epsilon’s reinstatement as a registered student organization,” she said. Wyatt noted that the organization had three days to decline the outcome of the letter and request that the case be reheard by a University Hearing Panel. 

It was not clear if the fraternity tried to appeal the letter. 

Wyatt also noted that throughout the investigation, fraternity members “continually provided false or misleading information” to police and SAA. However, she said other mitigating factors helped determine the length of the suspension, including the amount of time that had passed since the allegations took place, as well as the chapter’s “high level of collaboration” with the university in other areas of Greek life.

https://www.theadvocate.com/baton_rouge/news/article_dc5dd2be-b793-11ec-bc7a-bf805b4ab8fd.html

National Fiji fraternity says alleged MU hazing victim ‘acted unreasonably’

The national Phi Gamma Delta fraternity claims a former MU student left unresponsive following alcohol poisoning at a local chapter event event “acted unreasonably” by “knowingly and voluntarily” consuming a large amount of alcohol.

The fraternity, commonly known as Fiji, argued in a court filing that it should not be held liable for injuries suffered by Daniel Santulli during an October “Pledge Father Reveal” party.

Fiji also downplayed the amount of control or knowledge it had of such events at local chapters. The party was not “an event, occasion, or incident planned, controlled, approved by, or known to” the national organization, its attorney wrote.

In a joint action with MU administration, Fiji suspended the local chapter the morning after Santulli was hospitalized with alcohol poisoning.

His parents have filed a civil lawsuit in Boone County Circuit Court against the national fraternity and several of its members.

Fiji initially directed “thoughts and prayers” toward the family in a statement issued when the lawsuit arrived, but it requested dismissal of the case in the Tuesday filing.

Other recent filings indicate that a former MU employee is among the defendants.

Jack O’Neill worked on the staff at the MU School of Journalism at the time of the incident, according to university payroll records. An MU spokesperson confirmed O’Neill is no longer employed by the university, though it’s not clear when he left the position or whether that departure was voluntary.

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O’Neill also served as the live-in house director, or “house dad,” for the local Fiji chapter.

The lawsuit alleges O’Neill was negligent in not reporting plans for the event to university police, failing to prevent minors from accessing alcohol and failing to change a culture of “abusive” behavior.

O’Neill denied those allegations in a March 29 filing while also requesting the lawsuit’s dismissal.

https://www.columbiamissourian.com/news/national-fiji-fraternity-says-alleged-mu-hazing-victim-acted-unreasonably/article_008fcc38-b540-11ec-96b9-4fe1ba30a182.html

Vermont police investigating ‘branding and waterboarding’ hazing reports at university

NORTHFIELD, Vt. (AP) – Police in Vermont are investigating allegations of hazing involving the women’s rugby team at Norwich University, authorities said.

Multiple law enforcement agencies went to a residence hall at the private military school in Northfield on Friday to collect evidence, The Barre Montpelier Times Argus reported.

Northfield police Chief John Helfant confirmed via email that the police activity was connected to the investigation into allegations of hazing involving “branding and waterboarding of and by NU students.”

Northfield Officer Karie Tucker said in an affidavit that she went to the school on March 20 for a report of someone being held at knifepoint. Tucker said she spoke to the woman two days later and that person reported that she had been “branded” using pliers and a lighter by other members of the rugby team.

The victim said she was too intoxicated to say no and would not have agreed to be branded had she been sober.

After getting permission, Tucker looked at the victim’s cellphone and saw what she described as a video of another woman with a washcloth, or something similar, held over her face while a third woman poured liquid onto the cloth, something Tucker described as “waterboarding,” according to court records.

Helfant said the investigation is ongoing.

The chief also said university officials denied access to students in their dorm rooms and would only allow police to talk to students in a conference room.

A spokesperson for the university said the school is cooperating with law enforcement.

“Norwich University is subject to federal student privacy laws and other restrictions on what it may disclose,” Daphne Larkin said in a statement to the newspaper. “Sometimes, law enforcement officials become confused about the extent to which we may respond to their requests. Norwich University has fully cooperated with the Northfield Police Department in their investigation of the allegations surrounding this incident while ensuring the constitutional rights of our students and employees.”

Concerned Women for America files Title IX complaint against UPenn over Lia Thomas

Concerned Women for America (CWFA) has filed a Title IX complaint against University of Pennsylvania (UPenn) after UPenn swimmer Lia Thomas won a national title at the 2022 NCAA Women’s Swimming Championship.

CWFA is a public policy organization that “protects and promotes Biblical values and Constitutional principles through prayer, education, and advocacy.”

The complaint outlines the unfairness of allowing a biological male to compete against biological females in women’s sports. According to the complaint, allowing Thomas to compete on the women’s swim team has resulted in the displacement of female teammates.

“Thomas is anatomically/biologically a male who should not be eligible to compete in women’s sports, depriving anatomically/biologically female athletes of the opportunities afforded to them by law,” the complaint states.

[RELATED: Due process under fire: Biden’s nominee calls for “possibility” of innocence in Title IX cases]

Furthermore, the complaint criticizes the UPenn swim coach and the university administration for creating a “hostile environment” for female athletes within the school.

“Female athletes are being forced to forfeit their rightful privacy and dignity in sex-specific locker rooms in direct violation of Title IX,” the complaint states. “Worse yet, they do not feel free to speak up in disagreement with the policy without creating adverse effects on their dreams of an athletic college career.”

CEO and President of CWFA Penny Nance asserted in a Mar. 16 statement that any school that “defies federal civil rights law” by infringing on the right to equal opportunity of female athletes must be “held accountable.” 

“We filed a formal civil rights complaint against UPenn in response to this injustice,” she assured.

CWFA Press Secretary Katie Everett told Campus Reform, “A great injustice is being committed against women student athletes at UPenn and beyond in direct violation of federal law.” 

“The violations are compounded in that colleges and universities are allowing a hostile environment to fester which threatens female athletes’ entire college careers and even future earning opportunities if they dare to speak out against these unfair policies,” Everett added. 

Everett also stated that the Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights is obligated to investigate the organization’s allegations within the complaint.

“We expect them to do their job and protect women athletes from discrimination based on their sex,” she said. “We expect them to push UPenn and other colleges and universities to provide a safe and fair environment for women athletes to have the equal opportunities afforded to them by law.”

A club swimmer at UPenn who wishes to remain anonymous told Campus Reform that he believes the concerns of CWFA are valid, but that its complaint should be directed at the NCAA.

“I do not think that transgender women should be participating in women’s sports,” he explained. “The numbers simply prove (especially in swimming) that these athletes have an unfair advantage.”

The student also pointed out the irony of people who support the NCAA’s policy that allows transgender women to compete in women’s sports, but claim to also be supportive of women’s rights, when this policy actively harms “thousands of women who have been training for years to compete.”

[RELATED: A look at 5 transgender college sports controversies]

However, one UPenn student told Campus Reform that he disagrees with the CWFA’s complaint. 

“Thomas is a great asset to our swim team here at Penn, but she by no means dominates it. My friends on the women’s swim team have plenty of opportunities to demonstrate their talents and abilities in the pool and out of it,” the student said, also requesting anonymity. 

According to the student, the team is “more than happy to have Lia on their team and they are always excited to compete alongside her.”

On Mar. 17, Thomas became the first transgender athlete to win a Division I national championship in any sport after finishing first in the 500-yard freestyle, beating competitor Emma Weyant, a Florida native whom Governor Ron DeSantis declared the true winner. 

Thomas was previously ranked #462 when competing in the men’s division.

The American Principles Project shared pictures of Emma Weyant on Twitter, asserting that she is the “true winner to all of us.”

Campus Reform has reached out to the University of Pennsylvania for comment. This article will be updated accordingly.

https://www.campusreform.org/article?id=19275

Students are ‘appalled’ that their university labels cop-killer a ‘political prisoner,’ invites him to speak

SUNY Brockport is slated to host an “intellectual conversation” with convicted cop-killer, Jalil Muntaqim, describing him as a “political prisoner” after he spent 50 years behind bars for murdering two officers. 

SUNY Brockport sophomore Maddie Boyce, who has a family history in law enforcement, told Campus Reform that she was “appalled” when she heard about the event. 

“I just don’t understand how bringing a murderer onto campus will be productive in any sort. It makes me sick to my stomach knowing this man is receiving such praise, support, and recognition by this campus despite his horrible actions. I can’t support that at all,” she said.

The Apr. 6 event is titled “History of Black Resistance, U.S. Political Prisoners & Genocide: A Conversation with Jalil Muntaqim,” and according to the event webpage, “partial funding was received from the [Promoting Excellence in Diversity] PED Grant of the Office of Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion.”

However, the school’s Chief Diversity Officer, Damita Davis, sent out a March 16 memo to the student body, obtained by Campus Reform, noting that the school has “received new information” regarding the PED Grant awarded to allow one of SUNY Brockport’s faculty members to bring Jalil Muntaqim to campus.

“As a result,” she wrote, “the committee has rescinded the grant and no funding will be used to pay the speaker. We are not, however, cancelling the event.”

“Effective immediately, we will be pausing the PED grant program while a thorough review and revision of the grant application process can take place,” Davis concluded.

[RELATED: Third time’s a charm? Zoom cancels a third university seminar for attempting to host a terrorist]

Muntaqim is described as a “grandfather, father, mentor to many, and loving human being” by the SUNY Brockport event description. In 1971, Muntaqim was convicted of ambushing and killing two police officers in Harlem, New York: Waverly Jones and Joseph Piagentini.

The alleged “political prisoner” formerly known as Anthony Bottom made a fake 911 call to lure in the police, and proceeded to shoot the responding officers to death. He killed Jones in one shot, but shot Joe Piagentini 22 times as the officer begged for his life.

When previously asked why he killed Jones, a black cop, Muntaqim reportedly responded, “a pig is a pig,” according to a letter to the school imploring them to cancel the event, written by Piagentini’s widow, Diane.

“While my husband lay on the ground pleading with them not to kill him, pleading he had a wife and children,” Piagentini wrote, Jalil Muntaqim “took his service revolver and emptied it into his body. There were 22 bullet holes in his body.”

In 2018, she said, “He shot him in the head and down his spine.”

The event description notes Muntaqim’s involvement with the Black Panther Party, a militant Black nationalist group connected to a number of police murders. On their website, the group calls the Republican Party “White Supremacists and Terrorists.” 

He also co-founded the Jericho Movement, a group with ties to Antifa, dedicated to the idea that members of militant groups who committed acts of violence against the police were “incarcerated because of their political beliefs and acts in support of and/or in defense of freedom.”

The Jericho Movement describes Jalil Muntaqim and his “comrades” who were convicted of similar crimes as political prisoners and prisoners of war, including cop killers like Romaine Fitzgerald, Russell Shoats, Abdullah Majid, and several others.

When Muntaqim was released on parole in October 2020, the Jericho Movement website published an article welcoming him home and describing him as a political prisoner who maintains the “highest level of disciple, integrity and self-respect and respect for others.”

President of SUNY Brockport Heidi Macpherson acknowledged the “strong feedback” the school has received since announcing the event. 

One university employee told Campus Reform she felt the invitation was inappropriate to being with. 

“I do not feel Mr. Muntaqim is an appropriate speaker for our campus,” said Laurie Boyd, Manager of Procurement and Budget at SUNY Brockport’s Office of Facilities and Planning. “To me, murdering two police officers in cold blood as they are responding to a call for help is the ultimate expression of hate and intolerance. Mr. Muntaqim feels that he was a political prisoner, but his crime was the murder of innocent men.”

In an email obtained by Campus Reform, Macpherson states, “We do not support the violence exhibited in Mr. Muntaqim’s previous crimes, and his presence on campus does not imply endorsement of his views or past actions. However, we believe in freedom of speech.”

On Mar. 17, an editor’s note appeared below the event description on the university website reading, “SUNY Brockport does not endorse the characterization of this event.” 

A SUNY Brockport alum and former student government member, who wishes to remain anonymous, spoke to Campus Reform.

“Free speech is an integral part of the college experience, but for the school to voluntarily give a platform to a known domestic terrorist and cop killer while referring to him as a political prisoner and victim of the system isn’t just upsetting, it’s the lunacy of woke ideology spreading like a cancer throughout higher education, hellbent on destruction. It’s time to finally say enough is enough,” the person said.

President of the New York State Police Investigators Association Tim Dymond issued a statement on Mar. 14 regarding the event stating, “To refer to a convicted killer who murdered two police officers as a ‘Political Prisoner’ is shocking, abhorrent and an insult to the families of the two slain officers.”

[RELATED: WATCH: Stanford students host protest, proclaim that they want ‘cops off earth’]

“On behalf of the 1,200 men and women who are actively serving as New York State Police Investigators and Senior Investigators, as well as our more than 1,400 retirees, we call on the SUNY Brockport administration to rescind the invitation to Jalil Muntaqim,” the statement continued.

“Further we believe that the University should issue an apology to families of the men Muntaqim killed, and the entire law enforcement community for their insulting proposal,” the statement concluded.

The New York State Senate Minority Leader Robert G. Ott sent a letter on Mar. 14 to President Macpherson echoing the same sentiment. In the letter, Ott called the event labeling the cop killer a political prisoner an “insult” to individuals who have actually been incarcerated for speaking out against political opposition, as well as those who lost their lives in the line of service.

https://www.campusreform.org/article?id=19187

MAP: This is where communists, dictators are celebrated on college campuses

Campus Reform reports on the spread of Marxism and other leftist ideologies on college campuses. 

Spanning coast to coast, there are numerous incidents of dictators or communists being celebrated on campus through quotations, titles, and statues. 

Below is a list of some of the incidents Campus Reform has covered in the last few months. 

Marxist Working Group, University of California, Berkeley

The University of California, Berkeley, has a working group called the “Interdisciplinary Marxist Working Group.” The stated purpose of the group is to “discuss Marxist” texts in the context of the “relevance of Marxism to the current historical moment.”

In a previous article, Assistant Vice Chancellor for Executive Communications Dan Mogulof is quoted tellingCampus Reform that the university values the “importance of diversity of perspective.”

Mogulof continued by stating that programs on campus “do not speak for or represent the values, perspectives, or positions of the University.” 

The Che Cafe, University of California, San Diego

The CHE Cafe at the University of California, San Diego, named for the Marxist Argentinian dictator Che Guevera, is a location dedicated to paying “homage to the Argentine Revolutionary.”

The area is described as being “a unique meeting and gathering space for radical/leftist/progressive political groups and events,” according to its constitution. 

The CHE Cafe was also a registered student organization for the Fall 2021 semester.

Mao Zedong Bust, Washburn University

A Mao Zedong bust is on display at Washburn University, which is located in Kansas. The dictator is featured in a display alongside other political leaders such as Bernie Sanders, Barry Goldwater, and Bill Clinton.

The bust has allegedly been on display for nearly two years and is larger than any other figure.

Marx Study Room, University of Florida

The University of Florida named a study room after Karl Marx. The space featured a plaque describing the socialist revolutionary as a “philosopher, radical economist, and revolutionary critic.”

The plaque continues, “The unique extent of the influence of Marx’s materialist explanation of the workings of society, economics and history, invariably saw Marxist theory extend its influence to literary criticism.”

Other study rooms are named after Ben Franklin, Frederick Douglas, Martin Luther King Jr., and Mahatma Gandhi.

Marxism and Materialism, Rutgers University

Marxism and Materialism is a working group sponsored by the Rutgers School of Arts and Sciences. This group is said to examine “contemporary uses across historical, humanistic, and social scientific disciplines that engage the dilemmas of political economy, power, and domination.”

Additionally, the group recognizes Occupy Wall Street and the Movement for Black Lives as organizations helpful to the examination of “global capitalism’s contributions to racial, gender, and social domination.” 

Marxist Working Group, University of Pennsylvania

The University of Pennsylvania has a similar working group called “Variations.” The group focuses on “Marxism, critical theory, and literary theory.” Variations previously held a reading group that examined Karl Marx’s Das Kapital

Fidel Castro Mural, Pennsylvania State University

A Fidel Castro quote at Pennsylvania State University was displayed on a wall in the Paul Robeson Cultural Center. 

The quote read, “[T]he equal right of all citizens to health, education, work, food, security, culture, science, and wellbeing – that is, the same rights we proclaimed when we began our struggle, in addition to those which emerge from our dreams of justice and equality for all inhabitants of our world – is what I wish for all.”

After the quote was removed, some outraged students issued disagreement with the decision, arguing that the removal showed a “lack of support for students of color.”

Mao Inspired Syllabus, Binghamton University

A professor at Binghamton University began a section in her syllabus with a quotation from murderous Chinese dictator Mao Zedong. 

The syllabus for “Social Change -Introduction to Sociology” also demanded that White male students wait to participate in class discussions until after “non-white folks” talk. 

Campus Reform Correspondent Sean Harrigan, who is a student in the class, filed a Title IX complaint. Harrigan told Campus Reform that he later received an email telling him that the professor was asked to change her syllabus.

Marxist Working Group, New York University

The Marxism Working Group at New York University describes itself as “grounded in the political-economic critique of capitalism.” It focuses on “Marxist accounts of race and gender.”

Marxism and Cultural Theory, Yale University

A Yale University working group titled Marxism and Cultural Theory examines themes including “postcolonial theory,” “socialist feminism,” “black Marxist thought,” and “Marxist theories of the state.”

https://www.campusreform.org/article?id=19160

Colorado State University under federal investigation for female-only leadership program

The Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights recently opened a Title IX investigation into Colorado State University for its promotion and support of an upcoming female-only leadership program.

Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 prohibits discrimination on the basis of sex in education if those institutions or programs receive federal funds.

The OCR informed Professor Mark Perry on January 31 that it had opened an investigation following a federal complaint he sent the Education Department. Perry, a professor at the University of Michigan Flint, filed the complaint in December after learning about an email from CSU’s Office of Inclusive Evidence.

The public university promoted the HERS Institute, a leadership training opportunity only open to women. The email, reviewed by The College Fix, said CSU has been in support of the program since 1985– this year the event will be held at the University of Denver in June.

WATCH: Students protest, petition to get professor fired after ‘adult-child’ sex comments surface

Students at the State University of New York at Fredonia (SUNY Fredonia) protested Sunday against the philosophy professor who defended pedophilia with children as young as twelve months. 

Approximately 20 students participated in the protest to get Stephen Kershnar fired, Chautauqua Today reports. 

In addition, a petition to fire Kershnar, started by Fredonia sophomore Olivia Sylvester, has received over 15,000 signatures.

At the protest, Sylvester described Kershnar’s ideas as “disgusting.” 

“It made me go insane,” she said, according to a video obtained by Campus Reform. 

Numerous comments call for the school to take swift action.

One comment reads, “This university supported this pedophile for too long. The rest of the staff should also be under review.”

[RELATED: UPDATE: Professor relieved of on-campus duties after review of his ‘adult-child sex’ comments, reports say]

Another comment reads, “He should be already fired, especially when SUNY Fredonia has degrees that center around childhood development. They have a daycare on campus too!”

Last week, the Kershnar appeared in a video claiming there exists moral justification for sex with children, comparing it to the “willing” act of playing kickball.

https://www.campusreform.org/article?id=18959

The Foundation for Individual Rights in Education and the Academic Freedom Alliance  Rushing To Defend Pedophile Apologist Stephen Kershnar at SUNY Fredonia

FREDONIA, N.Y. (WIVB) — Two academic freedom non-profits are throwing their support behind the SUNY Fredonia philosophy professor facing calls for termination for his comments on adult-child sex.

The Foundation for Individual Rights in Education and the Academic Freedom Alliance each sent a letter to SUNY Fredonia President Stephen H. Kolison Jr. acknowledging that Professor Stephen Kershnar’s comments may have been offensive, but they claim are protected under the First Amendment of the United States Constitution.

Kershnar came under fire earlier this week after a video podcast circulated on social media, where he’s seen debating the morality of adult-child sex.

Fredonia President Kolison released a statement Thursday, calling the comments “absolutely abhorrent.”

Kolison also announced that Kershnar, named a “distinguished teaching professor” by the SUNY Board of Trustees in 2014, was reassigned to duties that do not “include his physical presence on campus,” and he will not have contact with students while an investigation is ongoing.

State University of New York at Fredonia Has a pedophile apologist on Campus

A professor of ethics and philosophy at the State University of New York at Fredonia (SUNY) said it “is not obvious” to him that an adult wanting to have sex with a child is wrong, according to videos obtained by the Twitter account Libs of TikTok.

“Imagine that an adult male wants to have sex with a 12-year-old girl, imagine that she is a willing participant,” SUNY Professor Dr. Stephen Kershnar said. “A very standard, very widely held view that there’s something deeply wrong about this and it’s wrong independent of it being criminalized. It’s not obvious to me that it is in fact wrong.”

“I think, this is a mistake,” Kershnar said. “I think exploring why it is a mistake will tell us not only things about adult-child sex and statutory rape, but also about fundamental principles of morality.”

“The notion that it is wrong, even with a one-year-old, is not quite obvious to me,” Kershnar said. The SUNY professor cited reports about foreign cultures, which he admits he doesn’t know to be true, where grandmothers allegedly fellate baby boys to calm them down, which he said makes it “hard to see what would be wrong with it.”

Kershnar also compared minor consent to sex as similar to agreeing to play a kickball game or participate in a lesson because “there’s lots of activities that children engage in that they don’t understand all that well.”

In another video, where Kershnar is talking with Thaddeus Russell of Renegade University on his podcast “Unregistered,” Kershnar discussed the belief that adult-minor sex is a matter of “rights infringement” because adolescents can’t give valid consent, an argument neither Kershnar nor Russell said they were convinced by.

“We make children do all sorts of things that they don’t want to do,” Kershnar said, a statement Russell affirmed and thanked Kershnar for expressing. “We make them go to church, we make them go to temple, we tell them to go to school, they got to go to the dentist, they got to go to their sister’s ballet recital.”

Russell said he has been making arguments “more or less in defense of adult-child sex” in classrooms for 25 years.

Kershnar cited “metastudies” suggesting that sex between adult males and underage males is not harmful or “if it is harmful we can’t decide whether the harm is due to the sex itself or the fact that society goes berserk over it.”

Regarding the law, Kershnar said that “if we don’t know whether willing sex with 15-year-olds is going to have net good or bad consequences,” that activity should not be criminalized.

Kershnar went on to say attraction to “pre-pubescent individuals” is “fairly widespread among young men … in our society,” a claim he said indicates “a strong benefit to adult-child sex.”

Kershnar is the author of the 2015 book titled “Pedophilia and Adult–Child Sex: A Philosophical Analysis,” which “looks at the moral status of such adult-child sex,” according to the book description. He said the “problem is that it is not clear whether these judgments are justified and whether they are aesthetic or moral.” 

The book description says that “many people find it disgusting to view images of obese people having sex, but it is hard to see what is morally undesirable about such sex: here the judgment is aesthetic” as an “analogy” to justify adult-child sex.

In a 2003 paper, “A Liberal Argument For Slavery,” Kershnar argued a “slavery contract is not a rights violation” and described his strategy “to show that formation and enforcement of a slavery contract does not necessarily infringe upon anyone’s moral rights or lead to pejorative exploitation and hence maybe not be disallowed on liberal grounds.”

Kershnar authored a book in 2014 titled “Gratitude toward Veterans: Why Americans Should Not Be Very Grateful to Veterans.“

The ethics professor also condoned discrimination against women in an academic paper that argued “it is morally permissible and should be legally permissible for state and private professional schools to discriminate against women” and “such schools may discount womens applications to the degree that they are likely to produce less than male counterparts.”

SUNY Fredonia President Stephen H. Kolison said in a statement that he was aware of a video online involving one of the university’s professors expressing views Kolison described as “reprehensible.” Kolison said the professor’s views do not represent the values of SUNY Fredonia and that the matter is being reviewed.

SUNY Fredonia and Renegade University did not respond to the Daily Caller News Foundation’s requests for comment.

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Ole Miss fraternity gets 4-year suspension after pledge ingests bleach, officials say

The University of Mississippi has suspended a campus fraternity following an alleged hazing incident involving a bottle of bleach that sickened a pledge in October 2020. Charter for the Gamma Iota chapter of the Pi Kappa Alpha fraternity will remain suspended through May 2025 after an investigation “uncovered acts of hazing,” the university announced in a statement Wednesday, Nov. 10. “The [Pi Kappa Alpha] international fraternity and university arrived at this decision together following a joint inquiry into the incidents,” officials wrote. “Hazing and related behavior that puts student health and safety at risk are contrary to the University of Mississippi Creed and will not be tolerated.”

Read more at: https://www.miamiherald.com/news/nation-world/national/article255730586.html#storylink=cpy