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