What students are talking about today (October 11th edition)

A fraternity shut, a prayer dropped and a mullet banned

A Mulleted Man in Ontario (Danielle Scott/Flickr)

1. The University of British Columbia chapter of Kappa Sigma has been suspended for “code of conduct violations.” What the fraternity is accused of doing hasn’t yet been made public.

2. An Australian man is speaking out after a Perth bar told him to leave because of his mullet. I reckon that’s discrimination.

3. The president of the University of Windsor has approved removing a Christian prayer from convocation ceremonies. The request came from a student club, the Windsor-Essex County Atheist Society. The prayer had referenced an “eternal God” as “the source of all goodness, discipline and knowledge.” Read more here.

4. A Montreal police officer who was already accused of excessive force for pepper-spraying protesters during a student march earlier this year is under investigation again. Stéphanie Trudeau, who wears badge 728, faces scrutiny for an incident that started with a man holding a beer on a sidewalk and ended with four charges of obstruction of justice, assault and intimidation. An accidental audio recording on someone’s phone captured the officer calling the four arrested “a bunch of red square types,” a reference to the symbol of the student protests. More here.

5. A documentary about men having sex with donkeys won’t be allowed to screen in Kelowna’s Paramount Theatre. Donkey Love, filmed in Columbia, may screen at UBC Okanagan instead.

6. The hearings into the Northern Gateway pipeline resume today in British Columbia. The province’s environmental minister Terry Lake said Wednesday that he’s “extremely concerned” about the answers he’s getting from Enbridge. The pipeline would carry diluted bitumen from Alberta to tankers on the B.C. coast, allowing energy producers to ship their product to markets more profitable than those in North America. Lake says he is concerned about leaks.

7. The U.S. Anti-Doping Agency has testimony from 26 witnesses, including 11 former teammates, that show seven-time Tour de France winner Lance Armstrong was doping. The cyclist remains unmoved. He Tweeted Wednesday: “What am I doing tonight? Hanging with my family, unaffected…”

8. Students in New Brunswick rallied against Via Rail Wednesday for reducing passenger train service. This comes as one bus company shut down and employees at another are locked out.

9. Terry Jones, the Florida pastor who burns the Qur’an, is planning a trip to Toronto today to debate the controversial film Innocence of Muslims. It’s unclear if he’ll be allowed into Canada.

10. The U.S. Supreme Court is considering affirmative action in college admissions, which liberal judges tend to support and conservative judges tend to oppose. The most recent ruling was a 2003 decision that allows race to be used in a limited way to achieve a “critical mass” of diversity. The current case is from a white applicant who says affirmative action cost her a spot in university.

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