Lawsuit claims TCU faculty physically, verbally abused student

first_img + posts Facebook Robbie Vaglio ReddIt Robbie Vagliohttps://www.tcu360.com/author/robbie-vaglio/ Snow temporarily stepping down as honors dean Linkedin Robbie Vagliohttps://www.tcu360.com/author/robbie-vaglio/ TCU places second in the National Student Advertising Competition, the highest in school history What to watch during quarantine Previous articleEngineering professor dies, cause remains unknownNext articleNews Now 1/21 Robbie Vaglio RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Two students joined harassment and discrimination lawsuit against TCU TCU wants ex-professor’s discrimination suit dismissed World Oceans Day shines spotlight on marine plastic pollution center_img Linkedin printA lawsuit filed in federal court on behalf of a student accuses the Dean of the John V. Roach Honors College of physically and verbally abusing the unnamed student during a month-long course last summer in Washington, D.C. The suit, which was filed in the U.S. District Court in Dallas, also claims that faculty members on the trip conspired with Dean Diane Snow to make sure the student, identified only as Jane Doe No. 1, didn’t get credit for the course. The suit claims TCU discriminated against Jane Doe No. 1, “through a series of hateful and bigoted acts and adverse actions designed to dehumanize [her].” By creating a hostile environment to learn in, subjecting Doe to harassment and discriminating against Doe on the basis of disability, she claims TCU violated Title IV of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and Title III of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1970. Twitter Robbie Vagliohttps://www.tcu360.com/author/robbie-vaglio/ Facebook Welcome TCU Class of 2025 I am the executive editor of TCU 360 from Raleigh, North Carolina. If you walk by my desk in the newsroom you’ll immediately know I’m Post Malone’s biggest fan. I’m always looking for a good story to tell! If you have any story ideas, feel free to reach out! Go Panthers! Robbie Vagliohttps://www.tcu360.com/author/robbie-vaglio/ Twitter TCU gave a brief comment: “As a practice, Texas Christian University does not comment on the specifics of pending litigation. Like many universities in the country, TCU has a complex history that we are taking an active approach to examining and understanding.”Today TCU is focused on creating a respectful and inclusive community for all students. At this time, the university’s main priority is to address our student’s concerns, and we are investigating the matters outlined.”An attorney for the student said it was difficult to believe that such treatment could occur “in modern times.” “Upon investigation, including conversations with current and former students and others in the TCU community, we concluded this case demanded legal redress,” said Kevin B. Wiggins, a Dallas attorney with the firm of White and Wiggins. “Our examination of TCU’s history—based on its own records—reveals an institution with a sad and unrepentant history of racial discrimination punctuated by brief and abortive efforts to ameliorate its causes and effects.”As a member of the Honors College, Doe had the opportunity to study abroad either in Europe, Japan or Washington, D.C. last summer. She did not want to go to Washington, but she was persuaded to go when the university offered to pay 48% of the program fee, according to the suit. Doe was forced to sleep on the hotel couch because her roommates decided to take up all of the available space, but despite Doe’s best efforts to get the situation fixed, Snow said she was assigned to sleep on the couch, the suit said.“TCU’s conduct left the African American students knowing that ‘their life at the university [and university-sanctioned programs] [was] generally worse than the life of an average white student,” according to court documents.The suit said hotel staff feared she was being abused on the trip because she wasn’t allowed to use the bathroom in her hotel room and had to go to the hotel lobby, no matter the hour. When she complained to Frederick Gooding, an Honors College professor and a facilitator for the Washington program, he insisted that the treatment was her own fault, according to court documents.The suit said Gooding also didn’t act when Doe told him she had difficulty walking due to sores and blisters on her feet. When the students were walking between programs, Snow even “aggressively shoved” Doe to the front of the group when she noticed Doe was starting to lag behind, the suit said.The next day, when the group visited the National Museum of African American History and Culture, the suit accuses Snow of telling Doe to “experience the feeling of being crowded into a slave cargo ship” by taking the elevator.Diane Snow, dean of the Honors College, is accused of verbally and physically assaulting a student.The same day, when Doe’s mother visited Washington to support her daughter, Snow is accused of “harassing” her by asking her how she could afford to be there, according to the suit.“Dr. Snow welcomed and treated the other TCU (white) parents with excitement, warmth and respect,” the court documents say.When Doe continued to struggle walking later in the trip, this time bleeding through her socks because of the sores and blisters, the suit said Snow insisted she go on a low-carb diet and mocked her physical appearance and weight.The suit said Snow also told Doe, who was 19 at the time, looked like Gooding, who is in his 40s. The pain and hostile treatment Doe was experiencing almost convinced her to leave the program, according to the suit, but Snow forced her to stay by threatening to make her repay the discount that was given to her to attend, revoke her credit for the course and kick Doe out of the Honors College and TCU.The suit said Doe decided to take pictures of the sores on her feet and send them to the office of Campus Life at TCU; the photos were then sent to the health center. Doe was advised to seek immediate medical evaluation of her feet.Her feet forced her to take rideshare options rather than walk in between activities, but court documents say Snow was disgusted with her for doing so, according to the suit.According to court documents, another student on the trip witnessed Snow saying she “hates [Doe].”A couple of weeks into the program, students began to notice bed bugs in their rooms. While some students were allowed to change rooms, the suit said Snow told Doe that she needed to stay in her room because “bugs live inside too” and to “stop talking about it.”Doe’s mother booked a room for her daughter in a different hotel, but she received no assistance from TCU. Snow told her it was against TCU policy and forced her to return to the bug-infested suite, according to the suit.Despite everything that was working against her, the suit said Doe was able to maintain good grades and excelled academically throughout the course. Later that week was Doe’s 20th birthday, and her colleagues wanted to throw a party for her because Snow spared no expense when another student celebrated his birthday earlier in the trip. According to the suit, Doe’s classmates planned her dinner when there was nothing planned on the schedule, but when Snow learned about this, she scheduled a family dinner to honor Aaron Chimbel, a former professor of journalism at TCU, current professor at St. Bonaventure University and dean of the Jandoli School of Communication.“Dr. Snow knew her family dinner was in direct conflict with [Doe’s] surprise birthday plans,” court documents said.One student confronted Snow about this, but she responded that Doe’s birthday dinner was “not optimal” and “over budget,” the suit said.Snow returned to the hotel that evening visibly intoxicated, according to court documents, and told Doe that “everything worked out the way it was supposed to,” regarding the birthday dinner. According to the suit, Doe contemplated suicide that evening. It was the first of three separate times she considered taking her own life.The suit said around Aug. 3, 2019, Snow, Chimbel and Russell Mack, an instructor of strategic communication at TCU, conspired against Doe to make sure she wouldn’t receive credit for the course. Snow accused Doe of plagiarizing assignments that she submitted to her, Chimbel and Mack, including her Honors College admissions essay, and questioned the value of her life again, according to the suit. Snow, Chimbel and Mack gave her poor grades on class participation and interactions with tour guides, as well, despite the fact that Chimbel and Mack praised her academic accomplishments during the trip, according to court documents.The experience in Washington changed Doe as she now struggles with mental and physical health deficiencies. The suit said she hurries off campus when she doesn’t have class and now lives in a hotel room. TCU’s Counseling and Mental Health Center diagnosed Doe with academic issues, depression, anxiety and suicidal ideation or self-harm, according to the suit.The suit claims she was also promised that there would be staff changes at TCU, but she still hasn’t seen any turnover.The lawsuit also claims that TCU committed fraud by misrepresenting the university’s DEI campaign that was meant to foster an inclusive campus, that Snow, Gooding, Mack and Chimbel acted grossly negligent and that TCU negligently hired and trained its employees. “This lawsuit has been filed to compensate this student for the injuries she has suffered and to encourage TCU to take seriously its responsibility to provide an academic environment in which minority students can thrive,” White and Wiggins, LLP said in a statement. ReddIt Photo by Heesoo Yang.last_img read more

Ecuador Destroys Fourth Coca Crop in 2012

first_img This is the fourth coca crop eradicated by the Ecuadorean authorities this year, according to government news agency Andes. Between March 13 and 15, Soldiers destroyed 30,740 plants in the province of Esmeraldas (in northern Ecuador), which came in addition to another four hectares in the region of Sucumbíos (in the northeast), both on the Colombian border. The crop was discovered on March 19, in a jungle area of difficult access in the locality of Sindiyacu, in the province of Orellana (in eastern Ecuador), the Defense Ministry indicated in a statement. By Dialogo March 22, 2012 The bushes were planted in an area of 2,200 square meters “in a dispersed way, showing a lack of care and maintenance,” the report added, indicating that the crop was affected by flooding. center_img Another 8,000 bushes were destroyed by the Army in Esmeraldas on February 25. Ecuadorean Military and police personnel have destroyed a crop of 1,800 coca bushes, the fourth so far in 2012, official sources announced on March 20. According to a report by the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), published in September, coca cultivation continues to be marginal in Ecuador, where 25 hectares were detected in 2010, compared to 61,200 and 57,000 in neighboring Peru and Colombia, respectively.last_img read more

Cops: Northern State Crash Kills Teen, Injures 4

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York A collision on the Northern State Parkway Friday night killed a Rosedale teenager and injured four others, State police said. Authorities said 17-year-old Justin McClyment was in the the front passenger seat of a BMW that slammed into a tree after colliding with another car just after 11 p.m. McClyment was pronounced dead at the scene, police said. The crash occurred on the eastbound lanes between Exits 30 and 31, police said. The other car involved in the deadly crash, a Chevrolet Malibu, collided with the BMW, sending the Malibu off the roadway and crashing into the center median before flipping over and landing on its roof in the westbound lanes. The driver of the BMW also lost control and struck a tree on the right shoulder, police said. The driver and passenger in the Malibu suffered minor injuries and were transported to North Shore University Hospital in Manhasset for treatment, police said. The driver and rear seat passenger in the BMW both suffered serious injuries and were transported to nearby hospitals for treatment, police said. None of the injured were identified. Police did not say what caused the crash. The investigation into the crash is ongoing. Anyone with information is asked to call State police in Farmingdale at 631-756-3300. All calls are confidential.last_img read more

Death toll in Turkish migrant boat sinking rises to 40

first_imgSeven people died and 64 were rescued when a boat carrying migrants from Pakistan, Bangladesh and Afghanistan sank on Lake Van in December.More than a million people reached Greece from Turkey in 2015-16, although the numbers later dropped sharply under a 2016 agreement between the EU and Turkey for Ankara to take migrants back in return for funds.Earlier this year, tens of thousands of migrants tried to cross into Greece via land and sea borders after Ankara said it would no longer stop them. Turkey, home to 3.6 million Syrians, the world’s largest refugee population, had said it would open the frontier because it was alarmed by the prospect of another wave of refugees fleeing war in northwest Syria. Topics : The death toll from a migrant boat sinking in Lake Van in eastern Turkey rose to 40, the local governor’s office said on Thursday, after nearly three weeks of search operations.The boat, which sank on June 27, is believed to have been carrying 55-60 migrants, according to Interior Minister Suleyman Soylu. Five people have been formally arrested in relation to the incident.Lake Van is near the border with Iran, from where migrants regularly cross into Turkey heading west toward Europe from Iran, Afghanistan and other countries.last_img read more

Update on the latest sports

first_imgReds put Senzel on IL, reinstate MoustakasUNDATED (AP) — The Reds put outfielder Nick Senzel on the injured list and reinstated third baseman Mike Moustakas (moos-TAH’-kahs) to face his former team before Wednesday’s doubleheader against the Kansas City Royals. Senzel missed time earlier after reporting symptoms of Covid-19.Moustakas has been out since Aug. 4 because of an injured left quadriceps. He is hitting .238 through seven games.The Reds made even bigger news in the TV booth in Game 1 of Wednesday’s doubleheader with Kansas City. Broadcaster Thom Brennaman used a gay slur during the broadcast.Brennaman used the slur moments after the Fox Sports Ohio broadcast returned from a commercial break before the top of the seventh inning. He did not seem to realize he was already on air. Brennaman apologized on the air during the fifth inning of the second game before leaving the booth.In other MLB news:— Blue Jays rookie right-hander Nate Pearson has been placed on the 10-day injured list after complaining of elbow tightness following his fourth big league start. Pearson has a 6.61 ERA despite throwing five shutout innings against Washington in his major league debut. NFL-NEWSNFL installs coronavirus committee Associated Press Update on the latest sports — Jayson Tatum pumped in 33 points and the Celtics beat the Philadelphia 76ers, 128-101 to take a 2-0 series lead. Tatum scored a career playoff high for the second straight game after scoring 32 points in the opener Monday. Kemba Walker added 22 points and Jaylen Brown had 20 for the Celtics, who shot 51% from the field and committed just two of their seven turnovers in the first three quarters. Joel Embiid (joh-EHL’ ehm-BEED’) had 34 points and 10 rebounds for the 76ers.— The Jazz and Nuggets are tied at a game apiece after Donovan Mitchell scored 21 of his 30 points in a big third quarter that carried Utah past Denver, 124-105. Mitchell was 10 of 14 from the floor and helped the Jazz increase the lead to 31 in the fourth. His performance was on the heels of scoring a Jazz playoff-record 57 points in a 135-125 overtime loss in Game 1. Jordan Clarkson had a playoff career-high 26 points for the Jazz, who had 32 assists and hit 20 3-pointers.NHL PLAYOFFSBolts, B’s advanceUNDATED (AP) — The Tampa Bay Lightning, Boston Bruins and Colorado Avalanche have advanced to the second round of the Stanley Cup playoffs by earning Game 5 victories. In other college football news:— Notre Dame canceled its Wednesday football practice and might take Thursday off, The decision is in response to the school’s decision to go to online classes because of a coronavirus outbreak on campus with 150 students have tested positive. — Wake Forest all-conference wide receiver Sage Surratt has opted out of the coming season to prepare for the NFL draft amid the coronavirus pandemic. PGA-NORTHERN TRUSTInjured Koepka withdraws from Northern Trust, ending season Brayden Point’s goal 5:12 into overtime ended the Lightning’s 5-4 win over the Blue Jackets. Oliver Bjorkstrand gave Columbus a 4-2 lead early in the third period, but Tampa Bay knotted the score on goals by Kevin Shattenkirk and Anthony Cirelli over the final eight minutes of the period. Point’s goal was his second OT tally of the series. He also ended the five-overtime marathon in the opener.Andrei Vasilevskiy (va-sih-LEHV’-skee) stopped 37 shots for the Lightning, who were swept by the Blue Jackets in the first round of last year’s playoffs.The Bruins closed out their series by scoring a pair of second-period goals to beat the Hurricanes, 2-1. UNDATED (AP) — The NFL says it will consult an advisory committee made up of former coaches, general managers and players on such issues as postponing, moving or even canceling games this season due to the coronavirus pandemic. The league will consider playoff games in a bubble environment, noting that “all options are on the table.”The league sent game-day and travel protocols to the 32 teams this week. The extensive in-stadium specifics include rules for the field, sidelines, locker rooms, tunnels, entrances and training rooms.In other NFL news:— Patriots coach Bill Belichick says he is open to using a two-quarterback system this season. The Patriots have three quarterbacks on the roster with different skill sets — former MVP Cam Newton, veteran backup Brian Hoyer and second-year player Jarrett Stidham. — A Florida appeals court has ruled that police violated the rights of Patriots owner Robert Kraft and others when they secretly recorded video of them paying for massage parlor sex acts. The court decided that Kraft’s rights were violated under the 4th Amendment to the Constitution, which protects against unreasonable searches and seizures. Prosecutors could appeal to the state Supreme Court but if this ruling stands, charges against Kraft and others might be dropped.COLLEGE FOOTBALL-NEWSGeorgia Bulldogs planning to have fans between the hedges UNDATED (AP) — The Georgia Bulldogs are planning to have fans between the hedges this season.Mirroring other schools in the Southeastern Conference, the school announced a ticket plan that would allow 20-25% capacity at Sanford Stadium. That translates to crowds of about 18,500 to 23,000 for Georgia’s four home games. Cards split with CubsUNDATED (AP) — The St. Louis Cardinals and Chicago Cubs split a pair in a seven-inning doubleheader at Wrigley Field.Matt Carpenter belted a grand slam and five pitchers combined on a two-hitter as the Redbirds rolled to a 9-3 win over the Cubs. Tommy Edman had three hits and Kolten Wong scored four runs in Game 1 of the doubleheader. Redbirds starter Jack Flaherty gave up a leadoff homer to Ian Happ and recorded just five outs in his first start since a season-opening win over Pittsburgh.In the nightcap, David Bote (BOH’-tee) hit a tiebreaking two-run single in the seventh and final inning to send the Cubs past the Cards, 4-2. Winning pitcher Adbert Alzolay limited the reigning division champions to an unearned run and two hits while fanning six over five innings after being recalled from the team’s training site. NORTON, Mass. (AP) — Brooks Koepka (KEHP’-kuh) has withdrawn from The Northern Trust with what he described as nagging hip and knee injuries. Koepka was No. 97 in the FedEx Cup standings and would have needed a good week at the TPC Boston to reach the top 70 and advance in the PGA Tour’s postseason. Koepka started the year ranked No. 1 the world but hasn’t won in more than a year. US OPEN-DOUBLESBryan twins not in US Open doublesNEW YORK (AP) — Bob and Mike Bryan are not on the entry list released for men’s doubles at the U.S. Open. This possibly signals the end of the 42-year-old American twins’ record-breaking careers. center_img Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditNBA-SCHEDULERaptors top Nets againLAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (AP) — The Toronto Raptors are up two games to none in their NBA first-round series against Brooklyn. The Bryans won five of their 16 Grand Slam doubles titles together in New York, most recently in 2014. — Brad Keller pitched hitless ball into the sixth inning and extended his shutout streak to 17 2/3 innings while leading the Royals over the Reds, 4-0 in the first game of a doubleheader. Keller has won all three of his starts this season after coming back from a positive test for COVID-19. — The Reds turned the tables in the nightcap as Trevor Bauer fired a one-hitter in a 5-0 shutout of Kansas City. Jesse Winker and Eugenio (eh-oo-HEH’-nee-oh) Suarez homered off Matt Harvey, who was making his first major league start in a year.— The Mets coughed up a 3-1 lead in the eighth before Michael Conforto slammed a two-run homer in the ninth to send New York past the Marlins, 5-3. The Mets’ bullpen blew a win for Jacob deGrom, who struck out seven and allowed four hits over six scoreless innings.— The Braves and Nationals were rained out in Atlanta. The game is now part of a Sept. 4 doubleheader at Truist Park.MLB-NEWS Grubauer blanked Arizona until Clayton Keller scored with 13:09 remaining.Darcy Kuemper (KEHMP’-pur) allowed six goals on 30 shots before being replaced by Antti Raanta (AN’-tee RAHN’-tah) in the third period.Elsewhere on Wednesday’s Stanley Cup Playoff schedule:— The Canadiens and Flyers are on the ice in Toronto as Philadelphia tries to close out the series in five games. Later on, it’s the Canucks and Blues in Edmonton. St. Louis has won the last two games to even the series at two games apiece.MLB-SCHEDULE — Browns starting linebacker Mack Wilson suffered a hyperextended left knee during practice and could miss significant time while recovering. His injury came one day after his high, hard tackle on running back Nick Chubb gave the Browns’ star running back a concussion. — The Dolphins say linebacker Vince Biegel suffered a torn right Achilles’ tendon during Tuesday’s practice. Biegel led Miami with 13 quarterback hurries and tied for the team lead with seven tackles for a loss. — The Chiefs will be without starting cornerback Bashaud Breeland for the first four games of the season because of off-the-field issues earlier this year. A person familiar with the situation told The Associated Press on Wednesday that the league intends to suspend Breeland following his arrest in April on multiple charges that included resisting arrest, marijuana possession and driving without a license.— The Giants have signed veteran placekicker Graham Gano (guh-NOH’) the same day it put receiver and special teams star Cody Core on injured reserve with a torn Achilles tendon. New York has been without a placekicker since releasing Chandler Catanzaro on Monday. — Punter and kicker Kaare Vedvik got the boot again, this time by the Bills. Buffalo used the open roster spot to sign Australian-born punter Lachlan Edwards, who spent the previous four seasons with the Jets. August 19, 2020 Boston trailed 1-0 entering the final five minutes of the middle stanza before scoring twice on the power play, the first from David Krejci (KRAY’-chee) with 4:40 left. Patrice Bergeron put the B’s on top for good with just 3.2 seconds remaining in the period.David Pastrnak (PAHS’-tur-nak) had two assists in his return to the lineup. Pastrnak was injured in the series opener.Jarolslav Halak (YAH’-roh-slahv hah-LAHK’) made 23 saves and was perfect after Haydn (HAY’-dehn) Fleury beat him midway through the first period.Nathan MacKinnon’s two goals and two assists were among the Avalanche highlights in a 7-1 drubbing of the Coyotes. MacKinnon scored twice in 58 seconds of the second period to put Colorado up 5-0.Nazem Kadri (KA’-dree) also scored twice for the second straight game to finish with five goals in the series. J.T. Compher had a goal and an assist to back Philipp Grubauer, who turned back 23 shots. Elsewhere around the majors:— Tampa Bay and the Yankees were tied 2-2 until Mike Brosseau and Willy Adames (ah-DAH’-mehs) laced RBI singles in the eighth inning to give the Rays a 4-2 win in the Bronx. Ji-Man Choi and Mike Zunino smacked solo homers for the Rays.— Aaron Civale tossed a five-hitter and Carlos Santana smacked a three-run homer for the second straight day to lead the Indians’ 6-1 win at Pittsburgh. Domingo Santana added a three-run double to support Civale’s first career complete game.— The Red Sox ended their nine-game losing streak as Rafael Devers (DEH’-vurz) homered and collected three RBIs in a 6-3 decision over the Phillies. Devers finished with three hits and Jackie Bradley Jr. drove in two runs to help Boston avoid its first 10-game losing streak since 2014. Phillies starter Jake Arrieta surrendered four runs on five hits over 4 1/3 innings.— Randal Grichuk (GRIH’-chuhk) has six homers in his last four games after belting two more in the Blue Jays’ 5-2 downing of the Orioles. Grichuk hit a solo shot in the second inning and put Toronto ahead for good with a two-run drive in the sixth. Fred Van Vleet contributed 24 points and 10 assists as the Raptors knocked off the Nets, 104-99. Norman Powell also had 24 points on 11 of 17 shooting off the bench.Kyle Lowry had 21 points, grabbed nine rebounds and forced a big turnover in the closing seconds for the second seeded Raptors.The Nets led by as many as 14 in the first quarter, and the Raptors didn’t go ahead until the three-minute mark of the fourth.Garrett Temple led the Nets with 21 points.In other NBA first-round action:last_img read more

If success is measured in smiles, the Save On Foods Nelson International Novice Shootout was very successful

first_imgThe Nelson and District Community Complex and Civic Centre Arenas were filled with future superstars of the ice at the annual Save On Foods Nelson International Novice Shootout.The tournament, hosted by Nelson Minor Hockey, attracted more than 500 people to the Heritage City for the annual tournament for boys and girls between the ages of five to eight years. Nelson Minor Hockey had three teams in the mix — Nelson Ice Knights, Nelson Leafs and Nelson Chargers — with other teams from Spokane, Creston, Beaver Valley, Trail and Castlegar also entered.The Nelson Daily dropped by the tourney to snap a few pictures of the stars in action.last_img