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California is now the first state to require college students on campus to receive active consent before they can engage in any sexual activity. Governor Jerry Brown announced Sunday night that he signed the affirmative consent bill that defines when "yes means yes" and adopts requirements for colleges to follow when investigating sexual assault reports.  Rather than using definitions of nonconsent such as “no means no,” the bill chooses to define active consent, which is described as “an affirmative, unambiguous and conscious decision” by each party to engage in sexual activity. The law...
Clemson University in South Carolina suspended all fraternity activities this past Tuesday after a Sigma Phi Epsilon pledge died during a fraternity run. The school cited the alarming number of other fraternity offenses in the past month as other reasons for the suspension.  Sophomore student Tucker Hipps, 19, was found dead in a nearby lake under a bridge just a day before the suspension. His head injuries suggest that he probably fell more than 20 feet from the bridge and hit rocks in the shallow lake, according to police reports. Hipps apparently went for a jog with the fraternity around...
University of Washington students won "Best Product Concept" at the Microsoft Research Faculty Summit - Design Expo 2014 for their non-working prototype called Vive, a smart bracelet that notifies friends when you've had too much to drink. The prototype bracelet contains integrated sensors that detect your personal alcohol levels and dehydration. It connects to a Smartphone app via Bluetooth, and when users tap their bracelets together, they get friend requests. As a security feature, users can only see each other on the app when both parties approve their friend requests. When the bracelet...