Sorority suspended for scavenger hunt that university calls ‘morally questionable’

first_imgLehigh University(BETHLEHEM, Pa.) — A sorority at a university in Pennsylvania has been banned from the campus for more than two years after an investigation revealed that drugs, alcohol and sexual activity were part of a scavenger hunt run by the Greek organization, the university said.Alpha Chi Omega’s Theta Chi chapter has lost its recognition from Lehigh University, which is about 60 miles north of Philadelphia, and will be banned from campus through May 2020, the university said in a statement to ABC News.“Lehigh University expects all students to uphold community standards,” the statement said. The scavenger hunt “failed to meet these standards.”The event was held in early December 2017 and called Road Rally, according to a post on a blog for the Lehigh Greek community, which the university confirmed is accurate.After the university received reports of the incident, it placed the chapter on interim suspension on Dec. 12, the blog said. The national organization of Alpha Chi Omega went to the university to conduct its own investigation, which led to the sorority’s headquarters putting the Lehigh chapter on probation, according to the blog.Alpha Chi Omega’s national headquarters did not immediately respond to ABC News’ request for comment. However, according to The Associated Press, the national organization conducted an investigation resulting in probation and individual punishments..Lehigh University’s investigation led to its discipline committee on March 5 finding that the campus chapter of the sorority had violated several terms of the university’s code of conduct, including on hazing, respect for community and respect for self, according to a statement by the committee posted on the Greek organizations’ blog.On the hazing charge, the discipline committee found that the sorority “created a situation that occurred on and off campus involving morally questionable quests such as a scavenger hunt” and treasure hunts. The actions that were part of such hunts “may not have been required for affiliation” in the sorority but “are clearly considered a rite of passage and a consistent part of membership.”In explaining its decision to temporarily end the sorority’s recognition by the university, the panel said “the incident was a significant reprehensible event that the entire chapter was aware of and leadership endorsed.”“There is credible information that this event has been going on for years,” the committee said, adding that it is “deeply concerned about the escalated nature of the content of this year’s list.”The sorority has the right to appeal, according to the disciplinary committee statement posted on the Greek community blog.Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

That bad attitude? Blame the birth month

first_imgLos Angeles Times:If you don’t believe in horoscopes, you’re in step with science. But that’s not the same as saying the season of your birth cannot affect your fate. Hundreds of studies, published in peer-reviewed journals, have suggested that the month a person is born in is associated with characteristics such as temperament, longevity and susceptibility to certain diseases.Scientists say that even though some of these findings are probably spurious — if you dig around in data, you will eventually find correlations just by chance — other effects are very likely real, triggered not by the alignment of the planets but by exposures during prenatal and early postnatal lives.Read the full story: Los Angeles Times More of our Members in the Media >last_img read more

Fourteen deaths reported in Uganda Ebola outbreak

first_img The Uganda Virus Research Institute in Entebbe confirmed the Ebola virus findings in patient samples. Among the dead are a healthcare worker and several members of the same family, and Ebola cases, including the fatal ones, have now reached 20, the agency said. The outbreak is centered in Kibaale district, in the western part of the country. Nine of the deaths occurred in a family from Nyanswiga village, the WHO said. Other fatalities include a clinical officer who treated a patient and the woman’s 4-month-old child. The outbreak area is about 136 miles west of Kampala, Uganda’s capital and second-largest city. Of the 20 patients, 2 are hospitalized in stable condition: a 38-year-old woman who cared for her sister—the clinical officer who died—and a 30-year-old woman who helped bury the index patient, according to the WHO. Both women were hospitalized on Jul 23 with fever, vomiting, diarrhea, and abdominal pain, but so far no bleeding that is often seen in viral hemorrhagic fever (VHF). Jul 30 AP story The Ebola virus is highly contagious, and infections carry a high fatality rate, ranging from about 50% to 90%. Initial symptoms include fever, headache, joint and muscle aches, sore throat, and weakness, followed by diarrhea, vomiting, and stomach pain, according to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Hallmarks of Ebola infection include internal and external bleeding, and there is no vaccine or specific treatment for the disease. Jul 30, 2012 (CIDRAP News) – An Ebola outbreak in Uganda that has killed 14 people has mobilized global efforts to contain the disease, the World Health Organization (WHO) said yesterday. CIDRAP’s comprehensive VHF overview The hospital in Kibaale has set up a temporary isolation ward for suspected, probable, and confirmed cases, and Doctors Without Borders is assisting with the set-up. Though the health ministry and Mulago Hospital in Kampala has helped staff the isolation center, the WHO said more workers are urgently needed. National VHF surveillance systems and rapid diagnostic capacity can limit the extent of disease outbreaks, and more efforts are needed to build and maintain VHF networks across Africa, the group concluded. Several species of bats were found in vacant houses and in several classrooms of the village schoolhouse that the girl attended, and testing the bats for Ebola virus is ongoing, according to the EID report. See also: The report said rapid detection, high clinical suspicion, and appropriate use of isolation by hospital staff probably limited the size of the outbreak in the girl’s case. The authors noted that the CDC Viral Special Pathogens Branch and the Uganda Virus Research Institute have established a permanent high-containment lab that can test for filoviruses and other causes of VHF in the country. The WHO said in a Twitter post today that one of the patients died at Mulago Hospital after transferring from the district hospital, but that no infections have occurred in Kampala. According to the Reuters report, the transferred patient who died there was a local health worker. Jul 30 Reuters story WHO and CDC experts are in Kibaale to assist with response activities, the WHO reported. Medical teams are identifying all contacts who may have been exposed to confirmed or suspected patients since Jul 6 for follow-up, and the groups are mobilizing supplies and logistics to help treat patients.center_img The authors wrote that the girl’s exposure was probably zoonotic and occurred near her residence, given her relatives’ reports that the girl did not travel and that another family member had serologic evidence of infection that wasn’t related to the girl’s case. Jul 27 EID report The WHO said in its Twitter posts that Ebola outbreaks are normally very localized, and the risk of international spread is very small. It does not recommend any travel or trade restrictions. WHO Twitter feed Identification of the disease in many cases may have been delayed, because doctors initially thought the patients’ symptoms weren’t typical for Ebola, and some people put off medical care because they thought the infections were caused by “evil spirits,” Reuters reported. May 16, 2011, CIDRAP News Scan “Ugandan girl dies of Ebola fever” Uganda’s health ministry and its partners are finalizing national and district response plans, and the ministry has reactivated a national taskforce to address the Ebola outbreak. Meanwhile, a district task force in Kibaale has been formed and is coordinating the field response, as bordering districts raise their alert level and increase surveillance for new infections. A reporter from a local radio station said some of the hospital’s staff had fled the facility but are returning now that authorities have provided them with protective gear, Reuters reported today. The 2011 investigation into the girl’s death found evidence the Sudan Ebola subtype, which has been linked with large hemorrhagic fever outbreaks in Africa. Follow-up of 25 close contacts of the girl found no other infections, but blood tests on a juvenile relative found evidence of a past Ebola infection, which didn’t appear to be temporally related to the girl’s infection. Stephen Byaruhanga, health secretary of Kibaale district, told the Associate Press (AP) today that six more suspected patients have been admitted to the hospital, raising fears that the outbreak could involve more villages. The health ministry has urged the public to take precautions to curb the spread of the disease, and today Uganda’s president Yoweri Museveni issued a public statement urging people to avoid shaking hands, having casual sex, and participating in burials, according to the Reuters report. Jul 29 WHO statement Previous Uganda casesUganda’s last reported Ebola case occurred in May 2011, in a 12-year-old girl from Luwero district who died from the disease and whose illness and lab findings were described in a Jul 27 report in Emerging Infectious Diseases (EID) by CDC researchers and their partners in Uganda. Prior to that, a 2007 Ebola outbreak in Uganda killed 37 people. That outbreak was the first to involve the newly discovered Bundibugyo subtype. A 2000 Uganda outbreak involved 425 cases, 224 of them fatal.last_img read more