McGill University has rejected the request of a Muslim female student to start women-only hours in the workout facilities on campus, CBC News reported. The request has prompted widespread campus debate in recent weeks. McGill's deputy provost for student life and learning, Ollivier Dyens, said, "We don't believe in the segregation of our services, we don't believe in separating some groups from others on campus. It's always been clear, McGill is secular and coed, and this is what we promote." McGill does have some hours for women only in the pool, but officials said that because people wear bathing suits, issues of modesty and privacy are greater there.
University of Georgia Greek leaders have announced that they will no longer approve costume themes for parties that involve antebellum hoop skirts, The Athens Banner-Heraldreported. The move followed discussions between administrators and Greek system leaders about the recent video of a University of Oklahoma fraternity's racist chant. Fraternities at the university have in recent years moved away from events in which some members dressed as Confederate soldiers.
Two white journalism students at Ryerson University, in Toronto, were barred by a student group from attending a campus event because of their race, The National Post reported. The students had been assigned by a professor to attend an event of the Racialised Students’ Collective, and were asked upon showing up whether they had been "marginalized or racialized." When they said no, they were asked to leave. The professor said that the event was advertised as open to the public. News of the students' exclusion has prompted widespread debate in Canada, and that discussion is spreading elsewhere. Members of the collective said that they needed a "safe space" to discuss their concerns.
Zaytuna College has become the first accredited Muslim college in the United States, after the college commission of the Western Association of Schools and Colleges granted its approval, The Los Angeles Times reported. Zaytuna is based in Berkeley, Calif.
For the first time in almost 40 years and just the second time in history, the University of Alabama's Student Government Association has a black president, AL.com reported. With his election, Elliot Spillers, a junior business management major who is enrolled in the university's honors college, becomes the first African-American to lead the student government since 1976. The development comes about 18 months after the university faced significant criticism over the segregation of its sororities.
Spillers's electoral triumph was noteworthy for another reason, too, the Alabama publication reported: he was elected without the support of "The Machine," which the university's student newspaper has described as a secret coalition of Greek organizations that are thought to control student institutions.
Officials at Wheaton College in Illinois are criticizing a skit by members of the football team who dressed up in Ku Klux Klan robes as part of an off-season event in which team members do comic sketches, The Chicago Tribune reported. The students -- who also used Confederate flags -- say that they were trying to mock racists, not be racist. But many are concerned that the students didn't know how offensive their costumes and props were to many on campus.