Tuesday, October 3, 2017 The Baylor Lariat
Sigma Chi hosts ‘Derby Days’ to support philanthropy MADISON FRASER Reporter The men of Sigma Chi hosted their annual philanthropy competition “Derby Days” this week, with the participation of the sororities of Baylor University. This is the second year that Sigma Chi has hosted the competition, which raises funds for their philanthropy, the Huntsman Cancer Institute. Through multiple events and competitions the fraternities raised $26,000, which was $6,000 above their goal. Two men of Sigma Chi paired up to coach each team that participated, which consisted of one of the eight sororities on campus. Sororities were encouraged to raise money and participate in events not only to benefit Sigma Chi’s philanthropy, but also their chapter’s philanthropy. At the closing ceremonies the first place organization, Alpha Chi Omega, received $1,500. The runner up, Pi Beta Phi, took home $750, and the third place recipient, Alpha Delta Pi, was awarded $500. “I love seeing the competitive nature of other organizations while still having fun for a great cause,” Agoura Hills, Calif., senior Megan Wilson said. “I have participated for
the past two years in Derby Days and fight very hard for my organization’s philanthropy as well as Sigma Chi’s. In the end, everything is for a great cause.” Opening ceremonies began Sept. 26, when the fraternity kicked off their four-day event with a banner-judging competition and a video presentation of the Huntsman Cancer Institute. The following day, at Baylor’s oncampus marina, the sororities battled in a tournament of corn hole, sand volleyball and canoe races. A variety of competitive events happened over the following days including T-shirt sales, online money donations, coin drop challenges, a flag football tournament at McLane Stadium and the competition concluded with a dodge ball tournament. The women of Alpha Chi Omega took home first place at the closing ceremonies on Friday and received $1,500 for their philanthropy, the Waco Family Abuse Center. Pi Beta Phi won $750 for their philanthropy, Read > Lead > Achieve, and the women of Alpha Delta Pi took home $500 for the Ronald McDonald Foundation. Through these events, the men were able to raise enough money for their philanthropy, which promotes
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PLAYING FOR CHARITY Kendall Levin throws the ball just before losing her flag to Kappa Kappa Gamma. Sigma Chi hosted its four-day philanthropy event “Derby Days” last week. Over the course of the event, the fraternity raised $26,000 for the Huntsman Cancer Institute.
the research for a cure and treatment of cancer. “Derby Days is a special event to us because of how much we are
able to help the Huntsman Cancer Institute, and the philanthropies of the sororities on campus,” Conway, Ark., junior Patrick Nabholz said. “It’s fun
LAWSUIT from Page 1 self-worth and preservation.” Lozano stated she was assaulted a second time by Chafin in April 2014 outside of Scruffy Murphy’s, where Chafin slammed Lozano’s arm against a vehicle. Lozano said she reported the assault to Baylor’s oncampus health clinic to address her physical injury and was referred to the counseling center. “After being physically assaulted on two separate occasions and receiving no support or guidance from [Baylor], [Lozano] fell into a state of hopelessness and despair which began to affect her studies,” the lawsuit stated. She alleges Chafin assaulted her a third time in the same month in which she reached out again to Williams and Yeary. According to Baylor, Lozano’s claims were time-barred and did not invoke Title IX because they were non-sexual assaults. They further stated the new claims alleging negligent hiring, retention and supervision did not constitute a viable claim under Texas law. In Thursday’s ruling, the court stated each of Baylor’s arguments regarding the university’s motion to dismiss were appropriate. “Because her arguments rely exclusively on when she learned of Baylor’s obligations under Title IX, the court cannot find that Plaintiff’s heightened-risk claims accrued late enough to bring her action within the applicable statute of limitations,” the order stated. The court further ruled Lozano’s heightened-risk claims did not apply under
THEFTfrom Page 1 the doctrine of fraudulent concealment. This doctrine requires plaintiffs to prove that defendants “actually knew a wrong occurred, had a fixed purpose to conceal the wrong and did conceal the wrong.” The court order noted that the Plaintiff never alleged any facts or attempted to suggest Baylor “deceitfully concealed its wrongdoing.” “The doctrine of fraudulent concealment, however, requires [Lozano] to show that [Baylor] did in fact conceal the wrong in question — that is, that she was in fact deceived into thinking that she was not injured by Baylor’s response to her reports of sexual assault,” the court said in the order. “As Plaintiff has not made any allegations or argument on that point, the Court must conclude that she is not entitled to the protection of the fraudulent concealment doctrine.” While the court concluded Lozano’s Title IX claims exceeded the statute of limitations, it also said Lozano’s negligence and gross negligence claims were not necessarily timebarred. The court concluded Baylor “could not be held responsible for the first or second assaults.” However, the court said it was conceivable that given the proximity, recency, frequency, similarity and publicity, the third assault was “foreseeable by Baylor.” “The Court, though troubled by Plaintiff’s allegations and injuries, cannot conclude that Baylor owed Plaintiff a general duty under Texas negligence law,” the ruling stated. The ruling discusses the rule regarding special relationships such as those between
employer and employee or parent and child, in which there exists a duty on actors to control third person conduct. Lozano’s lawsuit argued such a special relationship exists between Baylor and its students, but the court disagreed. According to Judge Pitman, intermediate Texas courts have declined to define a special relationship between private university and adult students. Citing a 2003 ruling in Freeman v. Busch, the court said “no special relationship exists between a college and its own students because a college is not an insurer of the safety of its students.” “Because the Court is bound to follow state negligence law, it concludes that Baylor had no duty to Plaintiff and therefore cannot be held liable for either negligence or gross negligence,” the court ruled. Lozano’s lawsuit alleges Baylor breached its duty as an employer to “adequately hire, train, and supervise employees,” specifically Post, Yeary and Lebby, concerning Title IX policies and procedures. Lozano alleges Baylor failed to “properly hire, train and retain officers, staff and faculty as to proper methods to deal with reports of assaults, investigate same and accommodate victims accordingly.” In doing so, Lozano said Baylor failed to comply with federal and state law and in turn caused her to suffer damages as a direct result. The court granted Lozano’s motion to amend her claim for negligent hiring, retention and supervision. The amended complaint must be filed by Oct. 13, 2017.
SALARY from Page 1 Dinner was provided at 5:30 p.m. and the presentation began at 6 p.m. During the following two hours, each participant was given a booklet filled with different activities, examples and tips to follow along with. Hands-on exercises were also performed with each of the four “Negotiation Steps.” Attendees were encouraged to interact with each other and share their
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to see everyone come together like this for great causes.”
thoughts, fears and ideas on how to better themselves when it comes to succeeding in the workforce. “The workshop altogether was very encouraging and informative,” Danbury, Conn., junior Brianna Sullivan said. “It’s important for women to learn these skills and know that it’s OK to speak up about salary and how valuable we can be in the workforce.”
Lisa Shaver, director of gender studies and associate professor in the English department, encouraged students to consider picking up a minor in women and gender studies if they enjoy discussing issues and dialogue regarding women’s rights and issues in society. Shaver also invited attendees to become a part of the American Association for University Women (AAUW) student group
on campus which is being formed in the near future. The group will encourage the empowerment of women in the Baylor community through education, philanthropy, advocacy and research. The Start Smart Salary Negotiation Workshop opportunity will be held again for Baylor students at a later date in Spring 2018.
burglaries occurred on campus and none of the stolen vehicle cases occurred on campus. The majority of the motor vehicle burglary and stolen vehicle incidents happened off campus. Prosper sophomore Michael Pendley said his house was broken into in February while he and his roommates were sleeping. The suspects took guns and Pendley’s car. “They broke in early Sunday morning,” Pendley said. “The suspects were caught one week later when my car was spotted on the street while they were in another house robbery.” Calabasas, Calif., senior Laura Sullivan said that she had her purse stolen out of her car while it was parked in her driveway. She said that there was a device found on the bottom of her car that was able to unlock her car without damaging it. Coppell sophomore Summer Maccubbin has also experienced vehicle theft issues. However, instead of taking her purse or wallet, the suspect stole both of the side view mirrors off of her car. She called Waco PD to see if they could do anything about it and they tested the vehicle for fingerprints, but they said that the thief was wearing gloves, Maccubbin said. “A new sideview mirror costs like $400 to replace,” Maccubbin said. “But at least they didn’t take anything.” The Baylor Police Department (BUPD) offered crime prevention suggestions in the safety notification. To prevent against vehicle thefts, BUPD said not to leave keys in a vehicle, always lock vehicles and place mopeds in a secure place such as a garage or backyard. To prevent against motor vehicle burglaries, BUPD said to always lock vehicles and close windows and place valuable items in the trunk or take them with you. To avoid residential burglaries, one should always lock their doors and windows, close blinds or curtains and leave a light or other electronics on to give the appearance that someone is home. Students should not post on social media when they will be absent from their residence for an extended amount of time, BUPD said. If an emergency situation or suspicious activity occurs, immediately call BUPD at 254-710-2222 or 911, Baylor said in the email.