Suspended University of Iowa fraternity cites lease dispute for ‘less than truthful’ allegations

IOWA CITY — Despite an appeal from a recently-suspended University of Iowa fraternity accused of high-risk hazing involving alcohol abuse and harassment, UI administrators upheld the decision, citing the “dangerous, potentially life-threatening, and overall heinous nature of the violations.”

In appealing its suspension through Dec. 13, 2024 — followed by two concurrent semesters of disciplinary probation — members of the Iowa Acacia Fraternity accused a UI investigator of exercising biased discretion based on erroneous facts resulting in “unduly harsh” punishment.

But UI Associate Dean of Students William Nelson rejected those assertions and arguments.

“It is my opinion that the discretion exercised by the investigator was reasonable and justified based on my review of the entirety of all of the evidence, testimony, and documentation in this case,” he wrote in his decision on the Acacia appeal.

“I have no reason to believe the findings of facts in the case are erroneous,”

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Dean of Oxford college steps aside in long-running dispute | Education

The head of a prestigious Oxford college has stepped aside in the latest twist in a long-running battle over his position.

The Very Rev Martyn Percy, the dean of Christ Church, voluntarily withdrew from all his duties after a new, unspecified complaint was made against him. It is understood not to be related to earlier complaints.

His allies said Percy, who is head of both the college and the cathedral, had stepped aside because of “intolerable pressure” over more than two years.

One said: “Martyn and the college have agreed not to comment on the present situation. Martyn has not resigned and is confident that he will return to his duties in the new year.”

Percy was suspended as dean in 2018 after he was accused of behaviour of an “immoral, scandalous or disgraceful nature” – the wording of the college’s statutes under which a dean can be removed.


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University of Michigan fraternity in legal dispute after admitting women, non-binary members

ANN ARBOR, MI — The national chapter of the Michigan Sigma Phi fraternity is suing the University of Michigan chapter, claiming that admitting a woman and having a member who identifies as non-binary has caused harm to its trademark, a lawsuit says.

The lawsuit, which was filed by Sigma Phi Society on Oct. 20 in U.S. District Court in Detroit, alleges that the conduct of members at UM’s chapter of Sigma Phi has caused “irreparable harm to the valuable Trademarks, including infringement and dilution thereof, and to National Sigma Phi’s image, identity, and goodwill.”

The national chapter also filed a preliminary injunction to stop the local chapter from using the name.

“I am troubled that an internal dispute (where a) chapter (is) deciding to have more inclusion by broadening their membership has been met by a federal court trademark lawsuit,” said David Nacht, the Ann Arbor-based attorney representing the UM

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Treaty education lacks amid N.S. fisheries dispute, Mi’gmawei Mawiomi Secretariat says

People from across the country are watching the situation unfold in southwest Nova Scotia as the fishery dispute continues.

a group of people looking at each other: Members of the Sipekne'katik First Nation, supported by other First Nations, stand on the breakwater in Saulnierville, N.S., as non-Indigenous boats protest the launch the Mi'kmaq self-regulated fishery on Sept. 17, 2020.

Members of the Sipekne’katik First Nation, supported by other First Nations, stand on the breakwater in Saulnierville, N.S., as non-Indigenous boats protest the launch the Mi’kmaq self-regulated fishery on Sept. 17, 2020.

Mi’gmawei Mawiomi Secretariat, an organization representing Gesgapegiag, Gespeg and Listuguj in Quebec, is watching closely and supporting the Sipekne’katik First Nation.

“A lot of the issue really is that non-Indigenous Canadians just don’t know the real history of the treaties,” executive director Tanya Barnaby-Williams says. “We’re all treaty people, non-Indigenous people are treaty people as well. … It’s just that they’ve been enjoying the benefits of the treaties a lot longer than the Mi’kmaq have.”

The group says education about treaty rights needs to be at the forefront to further the conversation, especially the

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