I’m Kyle Scott and this is your Big 5 Report.
First up, St. Joe’s, where rookie softball players were allegedly hazed by older teammates all while head coach Terri Adams turned a blind eye, according to a lawsuit filed Wednesday against the school and head coach. From Philly.com:
The plaintiff, who is identified only as a 20-year-old Jane Doe from outside Pennsylvania, said in the suit she was forced to “hold a plank position in the middle of Church Road with traffic.” She was locked in a car until she drank a baby bottle filled with ketchup, hot sauce, mustard and other kitchen items, according to the suit. And she was forced to drink jello shots even after she informed upperclassmen that she was on medication and didn’t want to drink, the suit said.
What’s more, the alleged abuse occurred over a period of years and university employees including Head Coach Terri Adams, who is named as a defendant, knew about it and did nothing to stop it, according to the suit. Teammates called the plaintiff names and said she was gay and “should come out of the closet,” the suit said. Adams name called, too, referring to the plaintiff as “Sippy” and “Sippy S— in Pants,” according to the suit.
One particularly degrading act that Plaintiff recalls involved calling an upperclassman named by the nickname “Jersey Gem” and performing a sexually lewd dance referred to as a “Jersey Turnpike” in front of this upperclass member of the team. The term “Jersey Turnpike” refers to a sexually lewd act involving bending over ‘doggie style’ in front of another person and simulating intercourse.
During this initiation week in the Fall of 2013, Plaintiff refused to engage in certain other activities but was forced to witness her fellow freshman teammates engage in these activitiesincluding:
a.Being forced to simulate oral sex on wine bottles while video taped;
b.Being forced to simulate manual sex over their clothes; and
c.Being forced to pretend they were coach Terri Adams and simulate an orgasm
Upon information and belief, during this initiation week in the Fall of 2013, one of theincoming freshman became so drunk at an initiation week party that she required emergencyroom treatment for alcohol poisoning. Upon information and belief, Coach Adamsaccompanied this other teammate to the hospital and was aware of the multiple violationsof SJU policies at that time but failed to properly further report the incident within SJUand/or failed to properly act to protect teammates, including Plaintiff, from further violationsof policy and law
Live greater. That’s the Magis.
Meanwhile, on North Broad, a physics professor, Xiaoxing Xi, is being charged in an alleged plot to swap US tech secrets with his motherland. From 6 ABC:
Federal prosecutors say 47-year-old Xiaoxing Xi, an expert in the field of superconductivity, sought prestigious appointments in China in exchange for providing data on a device invented by a U.S. firm.
The Penn Valley resident is a naturalized U.S. citizen who was born in China.
Xi appeared in U.S. District Court Thursday on four counts of wire fraud. He has been released on $100,000 bond. It wasn’t immediately known if he has a lawyer.
Yeah, he’s fucked.
Finally, at Villanova, a student group filmed a documentary about life and poverty in Costa Rica, while an alumnus put the finishing touches on his film exploring the boundaries of sexuality and religion. This has been your Big 5 Report.