MSUM gives sorority three years of probation

Mean girls! Cry

MSUM gives sorority three years of probation for bullying

MOORHEAD – A sorority at Minnesota State University Moorhead will be on probation for three years and was ordered to review its policies and procedures after a university panel found its members engaged in bullying behavior.

Sheridan Tihista, 22, of Fargo, leveled bullying allegations against the MSUM chapter of Gamma Phi Beta in August, claiming that her defense of a freshman sorority member caused other sorority sisters to turn on her.

Tihista was the 2013 Miss Montana and is a senior at MSUM. She joined the sorority in 2011.

The Student Organization Advisory Committee, which includes students and faculty, conducted a weeks-long review and recommended the sanctions. Steve Fox, the interim director of leadership and organizations at MSUM, wrote a letter to the Gamma Phi Beta chapter confirming the sanctions on Sept. 25.

The letter said: “Based on the preponderance of evidence, SOAC believes there is a level of bullying and cyber bullying happening within the organization.”

The bullying was determined to be in violation of university conduct policies.

However, the committee decided the conduct that took place did not constitute hazing.

Tihista told The Forum in September that the bullying started after the freshmen girl she mentored sent out atweet one of the other girls didn’t like. After that tweet, the girl was disciplined by the sorority, but Tihista said she faced harassment. The freshman lived in the sorority house on 10th Street South.

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Fargo man charged with stalking woman he’s accused of raping

Thanks LSS! Roll Eyes


A Fargo man was in jail Thursday morning after being accused of threatening, stalking and punching a woman who reported that he’d raped her after a night out with friends last December.John Sheku Conteh, 34, was charged Wednesday in Cass County District Court with gross sexual imposition, a Class A felony, and witness tampering, a Class C felony.

Court documents filed with the charges say the woman reported to police she’d woken up in a strange apartment in south Fargo the morning of Dec. 8 after a night out drinking with friends, with a man she didn’t know on top of her, raping her.

The man told her “you don’t remember” before eventually letting her go, she told police.

A state crime lab DNA test later connected Sheku to the sexual assault, court documents allege.

The woman contacted police again this summer to report Conteh had been following her throughout the summer months, grabbing her near a friend’s house and telling her, “It’s going to get worse” if she didn’t drop everything.

On Monday, she reported, she saw Conteh following her in his car as she drove to a friend’s house in the 1000 block of Monte Carlo Drive North.

This time, she said, she got out of the car and confronted Conteh, telling him to leave her alone.

The woman told police he punched her in the face and told he,r “It’s going to get worse. If I go to jail, there will be someone else to take my place.”

The woman had a black eye as she told police about the incident, court documents say.

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Police search for two armed robbers in early morning convenience store holdup

This is too close for comfort. Shocked

FARGO – Fargo police are reviewing surveillance video after an early morning holdup at the Casey’s convenience store on the south side of town.

Sgt. Jim Van Lith said at about 2:41 a.m., two robbers came into the Casey’s convenience store in the 2700 block of South University Drive and, showing the clerk a handgun, demanded money.

The two black men, who were wearing dark clothes and a cloth of some sort over their faces, took off on foot with the money, Van Lith said.

Police tried to track the robbers with a K-9 officer, but couldn’t find them, he said.

No one else was in the store at the time and no one was hurt, the sergeant said.

Detectives have a fairly good clothing description for the suspects, and they’re following up on that in their investigation, said Van Lith.

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Fargo Park Board says no tax dollars for Scheels

Oh, the humanity!  Shocked

FARGO — The Park Board has given the foundation that runs Scheels Arena the go-ahead to build a second ice sheet as long as the public doesn’t have to pay for any of it.

Essentially, this will be an extension of the current relationship the Park District has with the Metro Sports Foundation.

Board President Joe Deutsch reiterated before the vote Tuesday night that the district “wouldn’t put a dime” in the new ice sheet.

Board Member Matt Magness said that, while some residents fear the district would be “on the hook” for any new ice sheet, he wanted to reassure them that would not be the case.

The vote to allow the one ice sheet was unanimous.

Scheels Arena was built by Metro Sports Foundation in 2008 and given to the Park District to shield it from property taxes. Taxpayers, who have rejected other plans for publicly-funded ice arenas, were told tax dollars would not be used on the arena.

On Tuesday, board members did hear a proposal for adding two ice sheets involving $6.3 million in public funds, but they did not discuss that option. The option would also require the district to operate the two ice sheets.

The cost of one ice sheet is estimated at $2.9 million to $5.3 million. The cost of two is estimated at $9.1 million to $10.2 million.

The aim of any additional ice sheet is to provide more space for the growing youth hockey movement in the area. Today, there are 90 teams compared to 61 teams five years ago, according to the Metro Sports Foundation.

Scheels Arena is also home to the Fargo Force hockey team.

Some Fargo residents had told board members in September that they would organize to oppose any costly expansion of the arena. A board committee had also recommended the construction of just one ice sheet.

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Are you among the world’s wealthiest?


If you have $3,650, you’re among the wealthiest half of people in the world, according to Credit Suisse’s new report on global wealth.

Don’t fret, Obama is working to make everyone equally poor, because that’s only “fair” in his mind and those of his fellow travelers.  Angry

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Turkey Hunt In Fargo

I saw several eating birdseed around the feeder outside the nursing home on the first day of the hunting season; they know. Cheesy

There will be fewer turkey hunters in North Dakota this fall.The Game & Fish Department is making 3,800 licenses available, 215 fewer than last year.Experimental turkey bow hunting seasons will be held in Fargo and Bismarck.

Hunters need a state license and a city archery permit.

The fall turkey season starts October 11th and runs through January 4th.

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Studio 54 founder pens book about club’s dark side

It’s hard to believe Studio 54 had a “dark side.” Roll Eyes

While Ian Schrager — the Studio 54 co-founder-turned-high-end hotelier — plans a Rizzoli coffee-table book on his iconic disco, another of the club’s owners has written a behind-the-scenes memoir of its sex-and-drugs dark side.
“My book is the true story about Studio 54,” says Mark Fleischman, who bought the club from Schrager and Steve Rubell in 1981 when the original duo served time for tax evasion.
“Steve died in 1989 and Ian appears to be sanitizing what occurred,” Fleischman contends. “From my point of view, Studio 54 was the epicenter of the drug culture in New York.”
Fleischman relaunched the club and “threw myself into it wholeheartedly, entertaining the biggest stars of the world with Champagne and cocaine,” including John Belushi, Andy Warhol, Keith Richards, Robin Williams and Christopher Reeve. “My best friend was Rick James.”
VIPs gathered in Fleischman’s office, where there was so much white powder, he hired a staffer whose speciality was chopping “perfect” lines. “There were so many people at a long desk, you needed 30 or 40 lines of coke,” said Fleisch­man. “That takes a lot of time. You don’t want to make them uneven. I had a staffer — a very pretty girl” lining up the blow and Champagne.

On the sex front, “the ongoing ‘Sodom and Gomorrah’ scene was so hot that Alec Baldwin, who worked as a busboy back in the day…said he finally had to quit because seeing the sexual interplay night after night left him perpetually horny.” (A Baldwin pal denies that happened.)

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Divorce trial of billionaire Continental CEO

The shysters will rake it in! Angry

OKLAHOMA CITY – Thursday marked the end of the epic nine-week divorce trial of Oklahoma’s richest man, oil magnate and Continental Resources Chief Executive Harold Hamm. With billions of dollars of company wealth at stake, the unusually secretive trial could end with the largest divorce judgment in history.

During the proceedings, lawyers for Harold Hamm and his wife of 26 years, Sue Ann Hamm, presented starkly different views of how much wealth should be divided by the court. The money is mostly tied up in a 68 percent stake in Continental, whose shares are in Harold’s name.

Expert witnesses for Sue Ann Hamm, a former attorney at Continental, pressed the court to divide as much as $17 billion in wealth that has accrued in Harold’s shares of the company since 1988, when she married Harold.

Such a multibillion-dollar award could force Harold Hamm to liquidate a significant portion of his Continental shares, eroding his control of one of America’s fastest-growing energy companies. Continental is a leading driller in the Bakken oilfield of North Dakota and Montana.

Harold’s side contends his wife deserves almost none of it. According to a filing in the case, his position was that “virtually all of CLR’s (Continental’s) appreciation is the result of passive factors,” which under Oklahoma law means he should get to keep the wealth.

Harold, widely regarded as one of the most successful CEOs in the current U.S. shale-drilling boom, has argued that his “active” contributions to Continental’s growing wealth during the marriage have been minimal.

If Oklahoma County Judge Howard Haralson agrees with Harold’s argument that Continental’s wealth accrued through factors beyond his control, such as rising oil prices, he may not have to share the wealth with Sue A

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Higher Education

Stark forgot to include higher taxes! Angry

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Two Arrested with Pot and Cash in Moorhead

All the stoned slackers took offense at my comment on valleynewslive. I thought stoners were supposed to be mellow. Grin

The Moorhead Police Department busted two Fargo men with marijuana and cash during a recent traffic stop. Thomas Lloyd Schultz and Jesse Wayne Kuehl, both 26-years-old, were arrested during a traffic stop as a result of an ongoing drug investigation.Police seized 1 ½ pounds of Marijuana ($5,000 value), $2,725, and a 2002 Oldsmobile Intrigue. Both men are being held in the Clay County Jail pending a Long Form Complaint for Felony 4th and 5th Degree Controlled Substance, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, and Conspiracy.

Moorhead Police Lt. Tory Jacobson says Schultz and Kuehl are part of a group that has been trafficking large amounts of Marijuana into the Fargo-Moorhead area from the West Coast of the United States. Multiple arrests have been made within the past year related to this organization. The investigation into the members and activities of this group continues.

Moorhead Police arrested Thomas Schultz earlier this summer during a traffic stop. On June 17, police seized just under 5 pounds of Marijuana, $10,660, and a 2006 Chevrolet Corvette.

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