Calgary man handing back university degrees in protest of pro-rape chant

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Metro Calgary via Metro Halifax

CALGARY - Daren Miller said he “worked his butt off” to obtain degrees in economics and finance from Saint Mary’s University.

Calgarian Daren Miller reviews the degrees he earned at Saint Mary's University. He plans to turn them over in Halifax next week to protest a pro-rape chant at the school involving students during orientation week.

But next Monday the Calgary chartered financial analyst plans to march onto the institution’s Halifax campus, turn over his two scrolls and demand his name be pulled from graduation records in a show of solidarity against a pro-rape chant allegedly led by student representatives at the storied eastern Canadian university

A video of the chant shows a large group of students that appear to advocate in favour of non-consensual sex with minors.

“Y is for your sister . . . U is for underage, N is for no consent,” the group cheers.

Miller first learned of the video Friday.

“My initial reaction was complete horror with the zeal of these young men and, even more shocking, that there were these young women in the video,” he said, before pointing the finger squarely at the atmosphere of the university.

“There has got to be a sea change — an institutional shift — and stepping down of the leadership to allow fresh, new, young, Maritime blood to be able to come and figure out what’s going on,” he added.

To promote his cause, Miller said he’s essentially put his life on hold. He’s donating $20,000 — the inflation adjusted amount of his Saint Mary’s scholarships — to the Walk a Mile in Her Shoes event in Banff and will fly to Halifax early next week to turn over his degrees.

He said if the culture at the school he called home between 1990 and 1995 improves, he would proudly display his accomplishments again.

The father of two said his decision came almost immediately after viewing the chant, which broke out during Saint Mary’s orientation week.

“I immediately thought of them,” he said of his two young daughters. “I would never send them to Saint Mary’s, and I could not imagine them seeing my degrees framed or inquiring about them.”

A spokesperson for the school reached via email Monday did not indicate whether they would actually grant Miller his request to be removed from the graduation records.

“We are looking forward to meeting with him (Miller) and listening to what he has to say,” Steve Proctor said in a statement. “Whatever course of action is taken will follow from that meeting.”

Two of Saint Mary’s students will face a disciplinary hearing in the next 10 days in relation to the chant and could face a variety of penalties, including  fines, suspension or expulsion.

Jared Perry, president of the school’s student union, which oversees orientation week activities, has already resigned.

Organizations: Metro Halifax

Geographic location: Calgary, Halifax, Saint Mary Banff

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  • Dave
    January 02, 2014 - 20:00

    Miller is truly a man amongst men! I hope he is enjoying his 5 minutes of fame. Just wondering where the adults were during this mess?. Maybe a little oversite might have prevented this incident. The best the 'suits' could do is throw students under the bus to cover their own incompetence.

  • JCR
    September 17, 2013 - 11:44

    I think what this man is doing is commendable and if he feels this will make a difference more power to him, however, I don't think it will make a difference; no one really knows who this man is. I think his time and money and efforts would be better spent in educating kids from an early age about how horrible things like this are - teach them right from wrong - I think the responsibility lies with the parents. Also, I don't think you can paint everyone with the same brush. This was a terrible event; it has come out in the open - let's learn from this to ensure it does not happen again.

  • I Care
    September 14, 2013 - 18:54

    I care! I live here and do not want this type of chants or whatever you want to call it in my home town. Kids have lost their morals these days and we need to guide them back on track what ever way we can. When I watched this sick video,the Rehtaeh Parsons case came to my mind and I got chills. Attitudes have to change somewhere. RIP-Rehtaeh Parsons.

  • Pathetic
    September 12, 2013 - 09:11

    Mr. Miller just "happens" to be an independent consultant, which leads one to believe this is nothing more than a publicity stunt. If he's so passionate about social injustice towards women, why hasn't he done anything else?

    • Allan Fraser
      December 26, 2013 - 13:39

      How do you know he hasn't done anything else? And, if it is a publicity stunt (which i doubt) it is opening up more avenues of discussion. So, your negativity toward someone trying to do the RIGHT THING. Is sad. Tk Tsk

  • Interesting
    September 10, 2013 - 10:48

    Is he quitting his job that he got because of his degrees? Also would having your name stricken form graduation records void your professional credentials?

  • Interesting
    September 10, 2013 - 10:43

    Is he quitting his job that he got because of his degrees? Also would having your name stricken form graduation records void your professional credentials?

  • Really
    September 10, 2013 - 07:20

    Who cares