20 Year Old Boston College Student Stephen Ziska Missing Since 5/11/15 From Chestnut Hill Campus in Boston, MA (Update: Found Safe)

MISSING IN CHESTNUT HILL …

20 year old Boston College student Stephen Ziska has been missing since Monday, May 11, 2015 in Boston, Massachusetts. Stephen was last seen by his roommates when he left his apartment on Strathmore Road in Brookline on May 11 around 11:30 AM.  Ziska was supposed to take an exam at noon on campus but never showed up. The 20 year old  biology and computer science major from Brooklyn, New York, has not been in contact with his friends or family since late Monday morning.

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Stephen Ziska, a 20-year-old junior from Brooklyn, New York, was reportedly last seen by his roommates at his Brookline apartment around 11:30 a.m. Monday. He was scheduled to take an exam at noon on the college’s Chestnut Hill campus, but never showed up.

Brookline and Boston College police are reportedly heading up the search, and asking the public for help.

If anyone has any information regarding missing Stephen Ziska, please call Brookline police at 617-730-2222 or Boston College police at 617-552-4440.

UPDATE I:  Stephen Ziska Found Safe.

Police say he was located Friday and is now home safe.

BC Spokesperson Jack Dunn released the following statement Saturday: “Boston College is pleased to confirm that our missing junior, Stephen Ziska, has returned home to his family in New York. Our prayers for his safe return have been answered. We extend our thanks to members of the BC community who posted signs throughout the area, to the media for helping to spread the word, and to Brookline Police for their assistance with the search.”

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We are happy to report Boston college student Stephen Ziska has returned home safely. Around 11:00PM yesterday NYPD officers from the 68th precinct confirmed that Stephen had returned to his home address in New York, in good health. Family members in New York arrived on scene to stay with him until his other family members returned from Boston. At this time that is all we have. As a Department we wish to thank everyone who helped in any way getting the message out these past few days, and we are happy he is safe.

University of Virginia Dean Sues Rolling Stone Magazine for ‘False’ Portrayal & Defamation Lawsuit in Retracted Rape Story

YOU KNEW THIS ONE WAS COMING, ALSO THE FRAT WILL MOST LIKELY DO THE SAME …

UVA to sue Rolling Stone magazine for defamation. I am generally not a law-suit happy individual; however, this one was a no-brainer. Following the completely irresponsible reporting by Rolling Stone, A Rape on Campus, and the subsequent retracting of the story and apology after the story fell apart, University of Virginia associate dean of students filed a multimillion-dollar defamation lawsuit against Rolling Stone magazine Tuesday. GOOD!!! With what Rolling Stone did, might just be the poster-child of cases for defamation.

Rolling Stone reported, A Rape on Ca,pus, What went wrong. Many people have been asking since the magazine retracted their story, Rolling Stone journalism … what went wrong?

Rolling Stone Hoax

A University of Virginia associate dean of students filed a multimillion-dollar defamation lawsuit against Rolling Stone magazine Tuesday, alleging that it portrayed her as callous and indifferent to allegations of sexual assault on campus and made her the university’s “chief villain” in a now-debunked article about a fraternity gang rape.

Nicole Eramo is seeking more than $7.5 million in damages from Rolling Stone; its parent company, Wenner Media; and Sabrina Rubin Erdely, the investigative journalist who wrote the explosive account of sexual assault on the campus in Charlottesville. The magazine retracted the article after news organizations and the Columbia University journalism school found serious flaws in it.

Eramo, who is the university’s chief administrator dealing with sexual assaults, argues in the lawsuit that the article destroyed her credibility, permanently damaged her reputation and caused her emotional distress. She assailed the account as containing numerous falsehoods that the magazine could have avoided if it had worked to verify the story of its main subject, a student named Jackie who alleged she was gang-raped in 2012 and that the university mishandled her case.

Read the full complaint HERE.

Much, much more at Legal Insurrection.

23 Year Old Penn State Student Jon Steindorf Missing Since 5/8/15 in State College, PA (Update: Lied to Parents about Graduation & Attending Classes)(Update: Found Safe)

23 year old Penn State student Jon Steindorf has been missing since Friday, May 8, 2015 in State College, Pennsylvania. According to reports, the PSU student vanished just before his graduation. Stendort was last seen by his roommate at 11:30 a.m. on Friday. Steindorf was reported missing when he did not meet his family to go to his Penn State graduation Friday at around 4 p.m. at his Pugh Street apartment. He did not return any of his family’s phone calls or messages.

Jon Steindorf

Missing – Jon Steindorf

Steindorf was reported missing when he did not meet his family to go to his Penn State graduation Friday at around 4 p.m.

Police describe Steindorf as a 23-year-old white male, 5’10” tall, 170 lbs with  brown hair and blue eyes. He may have his black Specialized bicycle with him and a red backpack.

He left his apartment on Pugh Street without any form of identification, credit/debit cards, keys, phone, and potentially money, according to a social media post circulating among Steindorf’s family and friends.

UPDATE I: Police search for missing Penn State student.

“The police have gone through his apartment, talked to his roommate and took his phone for forensic analysis,” the woman said. “We’ve been in contact with all his friends, everybody they know, and really are just at a loss as to his whereabouts.”

A friend told the publication she’s checking his usual haunts. She hasn’t found him.

Joanne Steindorf said her son always let friends and family know his whereabouts.

UPDATE II:  Parents thought missing man was graduating from Penn State.

It would appear that this kid was not being honest about graduating from college or even attending classes. I am not sure how long this missing student thought he could continue this charade; however, it is nothing to do anything extreme over. Is it an embarrassment, yes. But your parents just want you back safe and sound.

The parents of a missing 23-year-old State High graduate thought they’d be attending his graduation from Penn State this weekend.

As it turned out, Jon Steindorf had not enrolled last fall and had mysteriously vanished on Friday.

Steindorf was reported missing by his family Friday evening, a few hours after they went to his Pugh Street apartment at 4 p.m. to pick him up for Penn State commencement exercises.

His father, Paul Steindorf, said Sunday that he learned his son was not set to graduate this weekend, although Jon Steindorf told his parents that he wrapped up studies in the fall semester and delayed graduation until this spring.

“We thought he’d graduate, and that was our understanding that he completed fall classes and he delayed graduation until now, but the most recent information we received was he was not on the list to graduate,” Paul Steindorf said. “Apparently he wasn’t enrolled this fall.”

UPDATE III: Missing Penn State student lied to parents about graduation.

Jon Steindorf’s parents thought they were coming to State College to pick up their son after this weekend’s graduation from Penn State University. But as graduation approached, they learned that not only wasn’t their son graduating; he hasn’t been enrolled in Penn State since the fall.

And now, Jon Steindorf, 23, is missing.

WTAJ reports that State College Police are now looking for a missing Penn State student. His parents last spoke with Jon Steindorf Thursday.

Anyone with more information is asked to contact State College police at 814-234-7150.

UPDATE IV: Missing Penn State student found Safe.

A Penn State student reported missing by his parents last week has been found, and is safe and unharmed, State College police said Monday afternoon.

State College Police Department Media Release: The missing person has been located, is safe and unharmed.

 

33 Year Old Lance Calvin Buckley Missing Since 5/5/15 While Commuting from Stafford County, VA to Howard University in DC (Update: Phone Pinged a Day Earlier in Blockhouse Point Conservation Park Near Darnestown, MD) (Update: Found Safe)

33 year old Lance Calvin Buckley has been missing since Tuesday, May 5, 2015 while commuting from Stafford County, VA to Howard University in Washington, DC.  Buckely was last seen on Tuesday when his mother dropped him off at the Staffordboro Commuter Lot off Route 610 where he slugs, or gets a ride with a stranger, to school. The commuter lot is about 40 miles from Howard university. Lance Calvin Buckley  is a PhD student was going to Howard University to pick up his graduation packet from the Washington, DC.

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Missing: Lance Calvin Buckley

He was last seen by his family at 8 a.m. Tuesday at the Staffordboro Commuter Lot, where he uses a slug line to commute to Howard University. “Sluggers” are commuters who wait for rides from strangers who can then use the high-occupancy vehicle lanes. Police say Buckley, a PhD. student at the university, was on his way to campus to pick up graduation materials.

Stafford authorities said Buckley used an ATM after arriving in D.C., and at 10:16 a.m., he sent a text message to his wife, Amy, from the area of Howard University.

He never showed up for a scheduled meeting at noon. His family has not heard from him since the text message.

Buckley is the father of an 11-day-old baby girl and a 3-year-old daughter.

Authorities say it’s out of character for him not to keep in contact with his family during the day.

Buckley is 5-feet-11-inches tall, weighs 150 pounds and has brown hair. He was last seen wearing bluejeans, a dark-colored T-shirt and gray Converse Chuck Taylor sneakers.

 

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If you have seen Lance Buckley, call police at 540-659-2020

UPDATE I: Howard University Missing Persons Alert:

HOWARD UNIVERSITY DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC SAFETY

2244 10th Street, N.W. Washington D.C.  Tel: 202-806-1100

Brian K. Jordan, Chief of Police-Director of Safety and Security

Release Date: May 6, 2015

The Howard University Department of Public Safety, in conjunction with the Stafford County, VA Sheriff’s Department is requesting the public’s assistance in locating a missing person, Mr. Lance Calvin Buckley.  Buckley is a Howard University graduate student, reported missing by his family at 7:49 p.m., Tuesday, May 5, 2015. Buckley was last seen at approximately 8:00 a.m., Tuesday, May 5, 2015 at the Staffordboro, VA, commuter lot.

Mr. Buckley is described as a 33 year old white male, 5’11, and 150 pounds with brown hair.  He was last seen wearing blue jeans, a dark colored t-shirt and gray Converse Chuck Taylor sneakers.

Investigators have information that Buckley may be in possession of a firearm. Anyone who has seen Lance Buckley, or knows his whereabouts is asked to contact the Stafford County Sheriff’s Office at 540-658-4400, call Crime Solvers at 540-659-2020 (callers may remain anonymous) or TEXT “Stafford” + your tip to CRIMES (274637) or the Howard University Department of Public Safety – Investigative Unit on 202-806-1100.

The Howard University Department of Public Safety (HUDPS) notifies the university community when crimes are reported to the HUPD or the Metropolitan Police Department which present a continuing threat to the students, faculty, or staff, in a manner consistent with the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act.

UPDATE II: Missing Howard University Student’s Phone Pings in Area of Montgomery County Park.

The phone of a missing man scheduled to graduate from Howard University this weekend was briefly electronically located in a Montgomery County park Wednesday, authorities said.

Lance Calvin Buckley, 33, of Stafford County, Virginia, has been missing for more than two days.

Stafford County authorities said on Thursday that Buckley’s phone pinged a day earlier in the area of Blockhouse Point Conservation Park near Darnestown, Maryland. Montgomery County Police searched the area, but didn’t find him.

UPDATE III: Missing Howard University student Lance Buckley found alive.

A 33-year-old Howard University student from Virginia who had been missing since Tuesday has been found safe in Maryland, Stafford County authorities said.

Lance Buckley was located Friday in Frederick County at a family campground near Harpers Ferry, West Virginia.

“We are truly pleased that Mr. Buckley was found safe and in good condition,” said Stafford County Sheriff Charles Jett. “The partnership between the law enforcement agencies, the Media and citizens in this region were critical to locating Lance Buckley.”

The University of Florida’s Zeta Beta Tau Frat Under Investigation After Members Spit On Wounded Vets and Pissed on American Flag (Update: UF Suspends ZBT)

UNIVERSITY OF FLORIDA ZETA BETA TAU FRAT SPIT AT WOUNDED VETS AND URINATED ON AMERICAN FLAG …

The University of Florida’s Zeta Beta Tau frat is under investigation after it was reported that members of their fraternity spit on wounded veterans and their service dogs and urinated on American flags. WTF is wrong with kids these days? The incident occurred at Panama Beach, gee what a shocker, when Zeta Beta Tau students from UF and Emory University were in Panama City Beach for their spring formal and wounded vets and their families were in town as well as part of the Warrior Beach Retreat. Panama City, FL gets another black eye. Is there any semblance of decorum in this town anymore? The University of Florida and Emory University should be embarrassed and ashamed of the actions of there frats. Personally, I believe they should be booted off campus and eliminated. This kind of conduct should never be tolerated. The UF ZBT frat was already on probation prior to this disgusting act. Sorry, they need to be gone, they obviously serve no functional purpose and have such contempt for wounded American heroes that have defended America’s freedom’s, including theirs.

 

The University of Florida’s chapter of the Zeta Beta Tau fraternity is under investigation after members spit on and took flags from wounded veterans.

Last weekend, Zeta Beta Tau students from UF and Emory University were in Panama City Beach for their spring formal. They were staying at the Laketown Wharf Resort where veterans were also staying for the Warrior Beach Retreat, according to Linda Cope, founder of the retreat.

For the past six years, the Warrior Beach Retreat has been hosted by Panama City Beach twice a year to bring in wounded veterans and their families.

Cope honors her son, Joshua, at the retreat — he lost both legs and his right hand after his vehicle hit a roadside bomb in Iraq, according to the retreat site.

Members of the University of Florida chapter of the Zeta Beta Tau fraternity are under investigation after spitting on and taking flags from wounded veterans. The students and veterans were in Panama City Beach when the incident occurred.

Cope said Zeta Beta Tau students picked on the veterans, spit on them and their service dogs, and urinated on American flags.

“In all of my years, I’ve never seen such debauchery and disrespect,” Cope said.

Linda Cope then received an email apology from UF President W. Kent Fuchs, Executive Director of the National Zeta Beta Tau Laurence A. Bolotin, but nothing from Emory University.

“I want to make clear that I am deeply sorry for the affront that our students may have caused,” Fuchs wrote in the email. “I want to assure you that it is not representative of our students or our university, and we will make every effort to learn more, take appropriate action and prevent similar incidents from occurring again.”

“The University of Florida is extremely concerned about allegations, specifically of illegal behavior with our students,” Sikes said. “We’re taking this matter vary seriously and opened an investigation to determined what happened and what we need to do in response.”

Executive Director of the National Zeta Beta Tau Laurence A. Bolotin, a University of Florida graduate from 2001, also wrote to Cope, stating Emory, UF and the international headquarters are fully cooperating with investigations and both chapters have placed themselves under suspension.

UPDATE I: The University of Florida has Suspended ZBT.

The University of Florida suspended one of its fraternities on Friday after allegations that its members hurled drunken insults and spat at a group of disabled military veterans at a Panama City Beach resort.

The school said on Friday that it is charging the Zeta Beta Tau fraternity with obscene behavior, public intoxication, theft, causing physical or other harm, and damage to property.

The suspension came after the fraternity had already suspended operations itself and expelled three of its members after finding they had behaved inappropriately.

“I am personally offended and disappointed by the behavior that has been described to me,” Dave Kratzer, the school’s student affairs vice president and retired U.S. Army major general, said in a statement.

UPDATE II: Emory University claims their Frat were angels.

 

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Emory officials said they are investigating but so far there’s no evidence to implicate their students in the incident. Emory’s Zeta Beta Tau fraternity told CBS 46 in Atlanta they were shocked to learn of what they call “atrocious acts.”

But Cope told the station: “There were too many students from Emory for none of them to be involved. It is hard for me to believe that no Emory student was a part of this. This denial is a slap in the face of veterans.”

About 60 veterans who fought in Iraq and Afghanistan were also attending a retreat that has been held twice a year for the past six years at the resort. Cope started the event in honor of her son Joshua, who lost both legs in Baghdad in 2006 when a roadside bomb exploded under his Humvee.

One letter to Fuchs described students spitting on veterans, throwing beer bottles over a balcony and ripping flags off their cars.

Cope said hotel security got the situation under control and the fraternity members were evicted the next morning. The fraternity sent a letter of apology to Cope.

20 Year Old University of Colorado Student Berry Tyler Allen Missing Since 4/14/15 in Boulder, CO (Update: Found Safe)

20 year old Berry Tyler Allen, a University of Colorado student, has been missing since April 14, 2015 in Boulder, Colorado. Tyler was reported missing by his parents on Saturday; however, he has not been seen on Thursday, April 11 and last heard from on April 16 when he sent a text message to his friends, according to Boulder police spokeswoman Kim Kobel.

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Berry Tyler Allen was reported missing by his parents Saturday. He was last seen April 11 and texted with friends Thursday. He has not been seen or heard from since. He doesn’t own a vehicle or a bicycle.

Allen is described as a 140-pound white man with blond hair and blue eyes.

Boulder Police Searching for Missing University Student press release.

UPDATE I: Parents come to campus to spread word of Missing Berry Tyler Allen.

Allen goes by “Tyler,” and was last heard from on Thursday, April 16, at 1:57 p.m. in a text message to one of his roommates: “Oh, I’m alright, spent one night with a friend and one all nighter at [Norlin] library.” That text explained his whereabouts on Tuesday and Wednesday, and was traced by Allen’s phone service provider to the area around Folsom Field on the CU campus. He was last seen by roommates on Tuesday the 14th, according to his parents.

Allen’s parents, Berry and Sheryl Allen, said that he swiped his Buff Onecard into Macky Auditorium’s main entrance on Sunday, April 12th, but did not get in; he does not have access to the building on his card. Allen is in CU’s University Choir and has a class in Mackey. He attended choir practice on the night of April 13, according to his parents.

Allen is a communications major who transferred to CU in January from Clemson University in South Carolina. He is a second-year student and lives off campus.

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Facebook – Berry Tyler Allen

FACEBOOK – FIND TYLER NOW.

Correction: The trail search is meeting tomorrow at 9:30 at the base of the chitaqua trail not 8:30 as previously posted. Thank you all so much for your concern and hope you can join in. We all pray that Tyler will be found safe and well. ?#?FindTylerNow?

UPDATE II: Search continues for missing CU student.

“We got a phone call last Saturday from his roommates that he hasn’t been seen in quite a while,” Sheryl Allen said. “It’s a call no parent wants to hear. It’s a call no one wants to ever receive.”

“He took his guitar, his laptop and a backpack. That is all that is missing from his room, no clothes,” she said. “We’re concerned. He meant to go somewhere temporarily and something happened.”

The Allens have been putting flyers up on buildings around campus. They are following his class schedule and talking to his classmates. They have created a Facebook page called “Find Tyler Now.”

Kim Kobel is the spokesperson for the Boulder Police Department. She says that detectives are working every possibility, but they do need more leads.

FACEBOOK: University of Colorado – Boulder

UPDATE III: Search for missing CU student Berry ‘Tyler’ Allen to shift to Chautauqua.

On Wednesday, there will be an organized search focusing on a popular hiking trail at Chautauqua park.

The Allens flew in from Chicago on Monday, six days after their son was last seen.

Allen attended a choir class April 14 but hasn’t been seen since. On Thursday, he texted his roommates to tell them he had stayed at a friends place and pulled an all-nighter at the library.  That was the last anyone heard from Allen. But while canvasing Tuesday, the Allens got their first potential break.

Boulder police ask anyone with information on Allen’s whereabouts to contact Detective Sarah Cantu at 303-441-4328. Those who have information but wish to remain anonymous may contact the Northern Colorado Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477) or 1-800-444-3776.

UPDATE IV: Berry Tyler Allen Found Safe.

A CU Boulder student who was reported missing over a week ago has been found and is safe, according to reports from his family.

Allen’s family told FOX31 Denver sister station WGN that the 20-year-old had been found on Sunday morning. A Facebook post to the page of a group dedicated to searching for Allen echoed the good news.

Two Troy University Students, 23 Year Old Ryan Austin Calhoun & 22 Year Old Delonte’ Martistee Arrested for Gang Rape on Beach as Bystandsers Just Looked on in Panama City, FL

SPRING BREAK IN PANAMA CITY GETTING SICKER AND SICKER EVERY YEAR …

During a press conference last Friday, Bay County Sheriff’s Office officials announced the arrests of Delonte’ Martistee, 22, and Ryan Austin Calhoun, 23, both students of Troy University in Alabama, on charges in connection with a gang rape that occurred between March 10-12, 2015 on the beach. The rape that was witnessed by hundreds of people in broad daylight on Spring Break went initially unreported; however, the assault was captured on a cell phone video. Authorities learned of the assault when police in Troy, Alabama, discovered the video while investigating a shooting. The arrests stem from a video taken in March behind Spinnaker Beach Club, 8795 Thomas Drive where several men are surrounding an incapacitated young woman on a beach chair as no one lifted a finger to help her. Unbelievable, this is what today’s youth has come to.

Sheriff Frank McKeithen said during the presser, he likened the scene to “wild animals preying on a carcass laying in the woods” and called the video the “most disgusting, sickening thing” he has ever seen.

The initial incident went unreported, though it occurred in the presence of hundreds of witnesses on a crowded beach in broad daylight, leaving officials concerned with how much crime has gone unreported or ignored by visitors during Spring Break.

The arrests stem from a video taken in March behind Spinnaker Beach Club, 8795 Thomas Drive. Several men are surrounding an incapacitated young woman on a beach chair. As she tries to remove their hands from her genital region, utterances to the effect of “she isn’t going to know” can be heard from the men.

Sheriff Frank McKeithen fumed as he likened the scene to “wild animals preying on a carcass laying in the woods” and called the video the “most disgusting, sickening thing” he has ever seen.

If this is what happens in broad day light, could you only imagine what goes on at night? Sorry, I am no prude and have done Spring break myself back in the day, but this crap is just insane. The idea that raping an unconscious female is okay is revolting and even worse, no one did a damn thing to stop it.

“This is happening in broad daylight with hundreds of people seeing and hearing what is happening, and they are more concerned about spilling their beer than somebody being raped,” McKeithen said.

The video was obtained by Troy Police during an investigation into a shooting in the college town, officials said. Officers discovered the video while searching the phone of a witness to the shooting and contacted BCSO. Otherwise, the incident might have not been reported, McKeithen said.

The victim said she thought she had been drugged at the time, and she did not remember the incident enough to report it, she told BCSO.

“She knows something happened, but she doesn’t know what happened,” McKeithen said.

UPDATE I: Students suspended after charges in Panama City Beach sex assault.

Two Alabama college students have been suspended after authorities discovered a cellphone video that allegedly shows them sexually assaulting a woman at a Florida beach while a large crowd of spring-break revelers watches.

Both students attended Troy University.

Delonte Martistee, a 22-year-old senior from Bainbridge, Georgia, and Ryan Calhoun, a 23-year-old sophomore from Mobile, Alabama, were arrested Thursday in Alabama on Florida warrants. Martistee remained in jail Sunday in Panama City. Calhoun was released on bond.

The sheriff’s office said additional arrests are expected.

Back in Alabama, Troy University Dean of Student Services Herbert Reeves said Sunday that both students have been suspended. Martistee was also removed from the track and field team, he said.

The university athletic department’s official website lists Martistee as a former Bainbridge High School athlete who has competed for Troy in the high jump, long jump and triple jump. He was a Georgia high school state champion in the triple jump and participated in football, basketball and soccer in high school, according to the site.

University of Michigan Cancels ‘American Sniper’ Screening … ‘Made Students Feel Unsafe’ (Update U-M football coach Jim Harbaugh To the Rescue, Movie Back On)

REALLY … Maybe the University of Michigan should change their name from the Wolverines to the “Weenies”.

AMERICA, DO YOU REALIZE YOU ARE BEING DESTROYED FROM WITHIN RIGHT?  University of Michigan spokesman Rick Fitzgerald confirmed to The College Fix on Tuesday the movie, American Sniper” was cancelled because it made students feel unsafe. GOOD GRIEF!!! Instead, the University was going to show Paddington the Bear.  What kind of gutless cowards exist on college campuses today that continually play the victim card? You people are going to do well in life, but then again, these are the same folks that live in your parents home until your 30. Hey Michigan, you might want to change your fight song to …  Hail! to the victors “victims” valiant. Hail! to the conqu’ring heroes “cowards”.

However,  University of Michigan sophomore Jason Weaver still has the right to call himself a Wolverine as he said, “It would be nice to see the university … take a stand against outrageous claims of ‘student exclusion. The film American Sniper in no way creates student exclusion any more than Saving Private Ryan”. You would be 100% correct. But we can’t have anything on a college campus that would properly depict radical Muslims Islamists as Nazi’s.

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What a sad state of affairs at our American Universities

University: ‘While our intent was to show a film, the impact of the content was harmful, and made students feel unsafe and unwelcome at our program’

A scheduled movie screening of “American Sniper” at the University of Michigan was abruptly cancelled Tuesday after nearly 300 students and others complained the film perpetuates “negative and misleading stereotypes” against Muslims.

“The movie American Sniper not only tolerates but promotes anti-Muslim … rhetoric and sympathizes with a mass killer,” according to an online letter circulated among the campus community via Google Docs that garnered the signatures.

The signers were mostly students, but also some staff, as well as the Muslim Students’ Association and the president of Students Allied for Freedom and Equality, a Palestinian solidarity group at UMich.

The online memo, titled a “collective letter from Middle Eastern and North African (MENA) and Muslim students on campus,” accused the public university of “tolerating dangerous anti-Muslim and anti-MENA propaganda” by showing the movie, the highest grossing film of 2014.

follows U.S. Navy SEAL Chris Kyle, who served four combat tours in Operation Iraqi Freedom and was awarded two Silver Stars, five Bronze Stars with Valor, two Navy and Marine Corp Achievement Medals, and one Navy and Marine Corps commendation, according to his official Facebook page. But the protestors see him differently.

As reported at the Washington Free Beacon, more than 300 students protested the decision to screen the film because it advanced “negative and misleading stereotypes” against Muslims. The online petition was started by a “Palestinian solidarity group” called the Students Allied for Freedom and Equality and the Muslim Students’ Association. And the university folded like a cheap suit. Um, “negative and misleading stereotypes” … the actions depicted in American Sniper are the truth. I am so sorry if Muslim students can’t handle the truth … what do you think that radical Muslim Islamists act like? So is it a misleading stereotype to depict radical Muslim as savage, beheading murders?

UPDATE I: Jim Harbaugh endorses ‘American Sniper’ after U-M cancels showing

THAN YOU COACH HARBAUGH … FINALLY SOME GUTS COME TO ANN ARBOR, MICHIGAN!!!

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Twitter – Jim Harbaugh

For four months, Michigan football coach Jim Harbaugh’s Twitter feed has been a combination of entertainment, opponent tweaks and comments on his team.

Tonight, he walked into a university controversy.

On Tuesday, the university canceled a scheduled Friday night showing of the movie “American Sniper” due to pressure from Muslim and Arab students after a student-led petition drive challenged its depiction of anti-Arab and anti-Muslim sentiments.

After 9:30 p.m., Harbaugh weighed in, with a message to his 215,000 followers.

UPDATE II : U-M reverses course, will show ‘American Sniper’ … Gutless Weenie UM administration tries to save face. 

After a day filled with intense controversy, the University of Michigan reversed course late Wednesday night and decided to show the movie “American Sniper” at its originally scheduled time and place.

“It was a mistake to cancel the showing of the movie ‘American Sniper’ on campus as part of a social event for students,” the statement from E. Royster Harper, the vice president of student life, said. It was sent just after 10:45 p.m. to the media.

“The initial decision to cancel the movie was not consistent with the high value the University of Michigan places on freedom of expression and our respect for the right of students to make their own choices in such matters.

 

Sabrina Rubin Erdely, Author of Rolling Stone Magazine Article on University of Virginia Rape Offers Apology for False Story to all but the Fraternity

HEY SABRINA, YOU MISSED SOME ONE IN YOUR APOLOGY FOR FALSE RAPE STORY …

Rolling Stone magazine is in full retreat on their now completely discredited University of Virginia rape story where the so-called rape victim, Jackie, was assaulted at a UVA fraternity. The author of the article, Sabrina Rubin Erdely, is now offering an apology and Rolling Stone is asking what went wrong. Hmm, you mean besides everything? Rolling Stone has officially retracted the article, ‘A Rape on Campus,’ as nothing can ce corroborated; however, has the damage already been done? Sabrina Rubin Erdely offered an apology saying, “I want to offer my deepest apologies: to Rolling Stone’s readers, to my Rolling Stone editors and colleagues, to the U.V.A. community, and to any victims of sexual assault who may feel fearful as a result of my article.” Um, and I can’t actually believe I am saying this as I have no love for the fraternity system, but where is Rolling Stone’s apology to the  Phi Kappa Psi fraternity where the faux rape occurred? Could it be because the fraternity will most likely sue Rolling Stone for libel?

Rape is a terrible crime unto itself and affects a victim for the rest of their life. But to report such a sensational, false story like this and not have any journalistic integrity, no fact checking, no nothing what so ever, is a crime itself.

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Sabrina Rubin Erdely, the author of a now-discredited article in Rolling Stone magazine about a rape at a University of Virginia fraternity, issued this statement:

“The past few months, since my Rolling Stone article “A Rape on Campus” was first called into question, have been among the most painful of my life. Reading the Columbia account of the mistakes and misjudgments in my reporting was a brutal and humbling experience. I want to offer my deepest apologies: to Rolling Stone’s readers, to my Rolling Stone editors and colleagues, to the U.V.A. community, and to any victims of sexual assault who may feel fearful as a result of my article.

“Over my 20 years of working as an investigative journalist — including at Rolling Stone, a magazine I grew up loving and am honored to work for — I have often dealt with sensitive topics and sources. In writing each of these stories I must weigh my compassion against my journalistic duty to find the truth. However, in the case of Jackie and her account of her traumatic rape, I did not go far enough to verify her story. I allowed my concern for Jackie’s well-being, my fear of re-traumatizing her, and my confidence in her credibility to take the place of more questioning and more facts. These are mistakes I will not make again.

There seems to be more missing from the Rolling Stone mea culpa on this false rape article that they published, who is being held responsible for such a miscarriage of journalism? Who got suspended, who got fired … no one. So how are we to believe this will never happen again at Rolling Stone, because they said so? Sorry folks, but as private investigators Sam Spade, Humphrey Bogart, said in The Maltese Falcon, some one must take the fall.

So, there was a massive “failure of journalism” here, but none of the journalists who failed so massively will lose their jobs, and none of the journalistic practices that led to this failure will change.

Somehow, this is so America 2015. Leaders “take full responsibility” for failure, but rarely seem to pay a price for it. As we tell our children, “‘Sorry’ is not a magic word.” That is, it’s great to say “I’m sorry” when you’ve done wrong, but saying the word does not erase the consequences of the deed. You have to show by your actions that you mean it.

The editors who handled that UVA story will remain in place. Unbelievably, even the writer who wrote the catastrophic lies will not suffer any professional penalty at the magazine.

Saturday Night Live Mocks NCAA Basketball Final and the Student Athlete Hypocrisy … “It’s like I tell all my players, college is the most important year of your life.”

CLASSIC SARCASM FROM SNL ON NCAA COLLEGE BASKETBALL.

 Saturday Night Live nailed last night’s cold opening … as SNL not only mocks NCAA college basketball and the notion of the student athlete, but gets it 100% correct. Just minutes after the second game of the NCAA Final 4 ended that saw the previously undefeated University of Kentucky Wildcats fall to the Wisconsin Badgers, 71-64, SNL began their cold open with a complete mockery of the NCAA’s so-called “student-athlete”. The best line of the skit was when Taran Killam, playing Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski said,  “It’s like I tell all my players: college is the most important year of your life.” The premise of the sarcastic skit was that Duke was holding out freshman center Jahlil Okafor from Monday night’s NCAA College basketball game, not because he was hurt, sick or tore an ACL, but because he has a big Biology test on Tuesday to study for. Ha, ha, ha … that is just too funny.

When asked whether Mike Krzyzewski/Taran Killa was relly going to hold Okafor out of the Championship game because of a Biology exam he said, “Of course I am, guys these are student-athletes [emphasis on student]. Students! If they only came to college to play basketball, then we all would look pretty silly”.

The only thing that would have made this funnier and even more truthful was if they used Kentucky head coach John “one and done” Calipari instead of Mike Krzyzewski, but UK lost, so that ended that.

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