Clemson University student dies after falling off roof

A college student in South Carolina died early Sunday morning after falling off a roof, officials said.

The Clemson City Police Department told FOX Carolina the incident happened around 12:45 a.m. at a home on Greenville Highway, where officials were called after reports of someone falling off a roof.

The 20-year-old man, identified as Thomas H. Few, was transported to Greenville Memorial Hospital where he was pronounced dead.

In a statement, Clemson University said Few was a junior construction science and management major from Greenville.

“Thomas was a valuable member of the Clemson Family, and we are deeply saddened by his passing,” Associate Vice President for Student Affairs and Dean of Students L. Christopher Miller said in a statement. “Our hearts go out to his family and friends during this difficult time.”

Police told FOX Carolina they do not suspect found play but they’re investigating the death due to the victim being under the age of 21. Authorities believe alcohol may have been a contributing factor in the incident.

https://www.foxnews.com/us/clemson-university-student-dies-south-carolina-building-fall

Frat brothers took selfies with his unconscious body after he fell down the stairs. Now, he’s paralyzed, lawsuit says

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. — A lawsuit says a former West Virginia University student has permanent brain damage because his fraternity brothers didn’t help him after he fell down the stairs at a party, instead ridiculing his unconscious body for hours before calling 911.

The filing from the father of David M. Rusko alleges that fellow students posed for selfies with his son, squirted Ketchup on him and posted pictures on social media, The Dominion Post reported Thursday.

Video footage showed Rusko, 22, had difficulty breathing and was unresponsive while the party continued in November 2018, the lawsuit says. By the time someone called for help, he was bleeding from the nose, foaming at the mouth and his brain wasn’t getting enough oxygen.

https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/2019/06/28/west-virginia-university-student-sues-fraternity-after-party-incident/1597343001/

Oberlin College sued for MILLIONS after attacking ‘racist’ local bakery

Oberlin College has to pay $11 million in damages after a bakery won a lawsuit alleging the school defamed or otherwise libeled the family-owned shop.

The lawsuit, filed by the Gibson’s Bakery shop in November 2017, was settled this week when an Ohio jury ordered Oberlin College to pay $11 million to the bakery after being accused of libelous behavior. Following an attempt to shoplift from the local bakery, the lawsuit alleged that Oberlin employees — and the institution itself — spread defamatory information against the bakery for allegedly racist behavior.

 

In Nov. 2016, an Oberlin student, Jonathan Aladin, was caught attempting to steal wine from the bakery. Two other individuals, according to the lawsuit, were also arrested and accused of misdemeanor assault during the same altercation.

In response to the arrests, protests and boycotts against Gibson’s bakery ensued with protesters accusing the store of being racist as Aladin is a minority. Reportedly, numerous employees of Oberlin attended these protests, passing out allegedly libelous flyers which read: “[Gibson’s] is a RACIST establishment with a LONG ACCOUNT of RACIAL PROFILING and DISCRIMINATION.”

In addition to accusing the bakery of racist behavior, the flyer called for an economic boycott as well.

 

“Today we urge you to shop elsewhere in light of a particularly heinous event involving the owners of this establishment and local law enforcement.”

The flyer included a description of the incident, claiming that Aladin “was apprehended and choked” by a Gibson’s employee and subsequently “chased and tackled” prior to being arrested by local police.

In response to the accusations of sustained actions of discrimination, the Oberlin Police Department conducted its own investigation into the bakery’s history, finding that of the 40 adults arrested for shoplifting at Gibson’s in the past five years, only six were black.

Aladin went on to plead guilty to a second-degree misdemeanor charge after the felony robbery charge was dismissed. Aladin and the other two individuals arrested during the attempted theft gave statements during their respective sentencing hearings back in 2016.

“The clerk was within his legal rights to detain me,” Aladin wrote. “And I regret presenting a fake ID in an attempt to obtain alcohol. This unfortunate incident was triggered by my attempt to purchase alcohol. I believe the employees of Gibson’s actions were not racially motivated. They were merely trying to prevent an underage sale.”

According to the lawsuit, Oberlin College has participated in several libelous and defamatory actions against the bakery including demanding a service contract between the two parties be canceled and continuing to display statements accusing Gibson’s of “racial profiling and discriminatory treatment of students and residents alike” in the student union building on campus.

The lawsuit also alleges that Oberlin college paid for a limo service to transport Aladin, free of charge, to meet with a “high profile criminal defense lawyer.”

The lawsuit claims that several Oberlin college administrators and faculty members publicly disparaged the bakery and used college resources to promulgate libelous information. One unnamed Oberlin administrator, the associate dean of Academic Affairs, has been accused of using Oberlin resources to print copies of the flyer.

[RELATED: Oberlin students seek to socialize dining halls]

Meredith Raimondo, Oberlin’s current vice president and dean of students who is named as a defendant in the lawsuit, is accused of distributing the flyer to individuals both on and off campus.

Raimondo also met with David Gibson, the owner of the bakery, to discuss an agreement between the two parties for the bakery to call Raimondo when an Oberlin student is caught stealing rather than report the incident to the police or pursue charges. Raimondo’s offer was denied.

The Oberlin vice president is accused of personally demanding the Oberlin College director of dining services cease engaging with a food service company that had contracts with Gibson’s. Raimondo’s actions caused the third-party food company to cancel its contract with Gibson’s. This decision was later reversed and Gibson’s Bakery is currently back under contract with the company.

 

https://www.campusreform.org/?ID=13311

UR suspends Sigma Alpha My fraternity over hazing allegations

The University of Rochester announced a decision Thursday to suspend a fraternity amid hazing allegations.

UR suspended the Rochester chapter of Sigma Alpha Mu (Mu Rho chapter) “following hazing charges brought against them this past spring,” the school said in a release.

The school noted that the fraternity didn’t dispute the charges, and UR “officials are confident that no one has been seriously harmed as a result of this activity,” a release said.

https://www.democratandchronicle.com/story/news/2019/06/06/ur-suspends-sigma-alpha-my-fraternity-over-hazing-allegations-university-of-rochester/1372744001/

Three fraternity members charged with hazing in Virginia

Police arrested three Virginia State University students this week and charged them with hazing, allegations that suggest some fraternities and other groups continue to put members at risk in the name of strengthening bonds, despite institutional and other efforts to change the culture.

Deonte Barkley and George Feggins of Petersburg, Va., and Michael Snipes of Philadelphia were each charged with 10 counts of misdemeanor hazing, according to court documents.

Virginia State University suspended the Alpha Phi chapter of the Kappa Alpha Psi fraternity after learning of alleged hazing at an off-campus event, Pamela Turner, a spokeswoman for the public university, said in a statement. The three students were also suspended from school pending conclusion of the criminal case, she said.

In addition, eight students who allegedly participated are facing disciplinary action from the university for student conduct violations, Turner said.

The school’s anti-hazing policy is published in the student handbook, Turner said, and the university conducts mandatory anti-hazing training for students and advisers.

Hazing has continued at universities across the country, despite college and fraternity leaders’ efforts to prevent it, and despite fatal incidents in recent years at several schools.

Earlier this year, Delaware State University student Marlon W. Jackson, 23, of Townsend, Del., died, prompting a university investigation into the local chapter of Kappa Alpha Psi.

In that case, school officials determined that the Pi Eta chapter engaged in hazing activities in clear violation of Delaware State policies, and suspended the chapter for 10 years, according to school spokesman Carlos Holmes. The university is also requiring all Greek organizations on campus to go through a year-long training on appropriate conduct for the chapters.

Holmes wrote in an email Thursday that while the training will focus on the commitment to integrity and character, it will also emphasize the school’s prohibition of hazing “and dispel the myths associated with the physical and mental shaming of aspirants as a price for membership in a Black Greek letter organization.”

In the case involving Virginia State students, Kenneth Miller, chief of the Petersburg Bureau of Police, declined to provide details about what happened.

No one was injured, the chief said.

Miller said officers on patrol on Pocahontas Island, a historic area of Petersburg, happened upon the activity and stepped in. Campus police have assisted with the investigation, he said.

Barkley, Feggins and Snipes could not be reached for comment.

Kappa Alpha Psi has zero tolerance for hazing, John Burrell, executive director of the organization, said in a statement. Membership selection procedures are closely monitored under the fraternity’s membership training academy guidelines, he said, and those involved in the process are required to be in good standing.

“The policies of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc. and those of Virginia State University prohibit hazing,” he said. “Kappa Alpha Psi is in full support of the university’s enforcement of those policies.”

https://www.washingtonpost.com/education/2019/05/03/three-fraternity-members-charged-with-hazing-virginia/?noredirect=on&utm_term=.237a0abe0d41

University of Notre Dame: Men ‘don’t deserve opinions,’ tweeted new director of gender relations

A University of Notre Dame student who has voiced negative statements about men and is openly opposed to Catholic sexual ethics was recently confirmed as director of the student government’s Department of Gender Relations.

The department “works to foster a healthy environment of communication and dialogue between individuals of different genders on campus,” according to its website.

The student who recently took the helm is Anne Jarrett. During the student senate confirmation hearing April 15, sophomore senator DC Morris raised concerns over Jarrett’s ability to work effectively with men as gender relations director given some of her past comments on social media.

 

Jarrett, a junior, tweeted March 29: “The only thing this has taught me is that men are gross and they don’t deserve opinions and I categorically do not want to f*** them.” This was in response to harassment she received on a post of herself wearing bike shorts to protest an op-ed that called leggings immodest.

She said in other tweets regarding men: “I have a lot of sex with men for someone who condemns so vehemently giving men opportunities to disappoint me,” and “Cory Booker is the only man who is allowed to speak ever again thank you this has been a PSA.”

In yet another example of statements that have caused some to worry about her ability to be the leader of positive relationships between genders at Notre Dame, she said in an Instagram post last year: “You can trust [women about their bodies]. If we wanted your ignorant, irrelevant opinions, we’d ask.”

In defending herself against Morris’ concerns, Jarrett said at the meeting that “as director of Gender Relations, I would want to make sure that we have discussions about how to relate to other genders on campus in ways that don’t make people feel alienated or hurt or sad or scared,” the Observer reported.

Jarrett also stated that her tweet in which she said “men don’t deserve opinions” resulted from feelings of isolation and fear, and that the negative comments were a difficult thing for her to go through as a “female-presenting person.”

During the meeting, freshman senator Samuel Delmer also expressed concerns that Jarrett’s condemnation of Catholic sexual ethics would affect her policies as director of Gender Relations at Notre Dame, where at least 80 percent of the students are Catholic.

Jarrett had said in a now deleted tweet: “I see the [Catholic] faith as inherently against female empowerment and sexual freedom.”

She also tweeted, “Catholic marriage isn’t about love, it was conceived to make licit the illicit act of sex for the purpose of procreation (evangelization).”

Delmer said, “The fact that [Jarrett] sees the faith as inherently against female empowerment—not just the faith as it is now—shows that while she advances female empowerment at this University, [Jarrett] will…see part of that as counteracting the Catholic faith,” the Observerreported.

In her defense, Jarrett stated “I’m not here to teach or promote my own agenda.”

Meanwhile, in her first recent email to members of the Gender Relations department, Jarrett laid out the agenda for her tenure.

Addressing her department members as “folx,” (a gender-neutral term which includes transgender and non-binary people), she laid out some of the initiatives she plans to pursue in the next school year, including: “sexual assault prevention,” “trans* student rights,” “PRIDE week,” “pronoun emphasis,” “discussions about sex/gender/sexuality,” “menstrual product availability,” and “PARIETALS ‘reform’ (REMOVAL).”

Parietals is the policy at Notre Dame that people of the opposite sex are not allowed to be in the bedrooms of the university’s single sex dorms from midnight to 9 a.m. on weeknights and 2 a.m. to 9 a.m. on the weekends. In an article for the Huffington Post, Jarrett explained that she opposes this policy because “it seems to enforce heteronormativity and ignore that LGBTQ+ students exist here.”

In her call for the rights of transgender students, Jarrett is perhaps referring to allowing transgender students to live in the dorm that corresponds to their gender identity, as she has criticized the single-sex dorms for making “being a transgender student on campus impossible.” Jarrett expressed her opinions on issues of transgenderism when she stated in a Facebook post: “I can speak for hours (or recommend reading!) on how gender and gender identity: ≠ sex, cannot be determined by genitalia, are on a spectrum and so on.”

Jarrett is one of the founding members of Irish 4 Reproductive Health (I4RH), a group which describes themselves as “sex-positive feminists” who work to promote “reproductive justice” at Notre Dame. The group is in the process of suing Notre Dame for not providing abortifacients in their healthcare policy. I4RH delivers condoms, internal condoms, and lubricant to any students on the Notre Dame campus who request them via their Snapchat.

Student body President Elizabeth Boyle, who was director of the Department of Gender Relations prior to her election as president, defended her nomination of Jarrett at her senate confirmation, saying: “Bringing diversity and diversity of thought is exceptionally important.”

The press secretary of student government declined to comment to The College Fix and would not respond if Jarrett would treat all men and women with equal value.

Boyle and Jarrett also did not respond to comment. After The Fix contacted Jarrett seeking a comment for this article, Jarrett made her Twitter account private.

Men ‘don’t deserve opinions,’ tweeted new director of gender relations

Biology Denying Michigan State University to Natural Science students: ‘No science is needed to support transgender and non-binary identities’

The College of Natural Science at Michigan State University urged students to use the singular pronoun “they” in an early April “transgender visibility” email.

MSU’s NatSci Council on Diversity and Community authored the email obtained by Campus Reform entitled “Increasing transgender visibility on campus,” which asked students to “reflect on how visibility of minoritized groups is essential to changing our campus culture,” and provided several online resources to help improve students’ understanding.

These included links to LGBT resource centers, how to “learn about and start using the singular they,” a resource on hosting queer inclusive workshops, one dedicated to inviting “transgender and gender-diverse scientists,” guides on transphobia, and more.

“No science is needed to support transgender and non-binary identities,” the email stated. “It is simply a matter of affirming their experiences.”

 

https://www.campusreform.org/?ID=12138