Wilfrid Laurier TA reprimanded for showing gender neutrality debate video

Wilfrid Laurier University reprimanded a teaching assistant for showing her first-year communications tutorial class a video debate featuring controversial University of Toronto (U of T) psychology professor Jordan Peterson. Lindsay Shepherd was sanctioned after she screened an episode of The Agenda, a TVO current affairs program, where Peterson—known for his stance on issues such as genderless pronouns—debated Nicholas Matte, a sexual diversity studies professor at the U of T, according to a CBC News article. She told CBC that she explained to her students it is important to listen to both sides of an issue before forming an opinion on it.  “I very clearly stated, watching debates like these are so important for getting yourself out of speech bubbles,” she told […]

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Laurier baseball players appeal hazing suspension

The Wilfrid Laurier men’s baseball team has filed an appeal against the university’s decision to suspend the team following a hazing incident earlier this year, according to Fran Smyth, a lawyer and parent of one of the team members. The team was suspended four games earlier this season because of a rookie initiation party. To minimize the suspension, the team made a presentation to the university’s athletics director and the interuniversity athletics co-ordinator apologizing and pledging to raise awareness of hazing-related issues. “We want some changes instituted so that no other team or player at WLU ever has to go through this type of treatment ever again,” Smyth said, adding that the university mishandled the entire hazing complaint and that […]

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