Female student, 60, sues college professor after sexuality course required them to ‘masturbate, document sexual abuse, fetishes and promiscuity to pass’


A woman taking a human sexuality course has  filed a lawsuit claiming she was required to masturbate, keep detailed sex  journals, reveal her fetishes and if she had been sexually abused – or she would  not pass the class.

Karen Royce, 60, who took the class in  Western Nevada College filed the suit on June 25 against class instructor Tom  Kubistant,  department chairman Robert Morin and college president Carol  Lucey.

She claimed the class assignments were invasive and constituted sexual harassment.

According to ABC,her lawyer Ken McKenna said: ‘Not only  was she shocked by the assignments  [and] the personal inquiries, but she  herself had been a victim of  sexual abuse.

‘One of his requests was that people  put in  writing if they’d had sexual-abuse experiences. How the  authorities for this  college could allow this man to conduct his class  in this fashion and in effect  say that’s OK with us is so outrageous  it’s beyond belief.’

Ms Royce took the class because she wanted to  pursue a career in social work and believed the course would help her to ‘gain  knowledge as to psychological theories  of human sexuality,’ which she believed  were ‘pertinent and necessary in excelling as a social worker’, according to the  suit.

She said she was not made aware that such  intimate details about her own sex life would have to be revealed in order to  pass the class.

Students did have to sign a waiver however  which acknowledged the course’s graphic content.

Ms Royce said Mr Kubistant required students to double the number of  times they masturbate each week and keep a journal, which they had to submit to  him.

She told KRNV: ‘I  raised my hand and said, “I don’t masturbate”. He said I had to do it at least  three times in order to get a grade in the class.’

'Victim': Karen Royce filed the lawsuit claiming what she was asked to do in the course was tantamount to sexual harassment

‘Victim’: Karen Royce filed the lawsuit claiming what  she was asked to do in the course was tantamount to sexual harassment

The lawsuit also states that Mr Kubistant  locked the door once the class started which he claimed was to bar  latecomers.

He then asked the students to compile lists  about different types of  sex and sexual positions, which he read aloud to the  class before assigning homework – three 250-word journal entries detailing each  student’s sexual thoughts.

‘I raised my hand and said, “I don’t masturbate”. He said I had to do it  at least  three times in order to get a grade in the class’

He also told them about the final exam paper,  which would be called A Sexual Case Study…You! in which they would have to  describe aspects of their sex lives, sexual exploration, sexual abuse they  experienced, promiscuity, masturbation and fetishes.

Ms Royce is believed to have tried to address  her concerns with Mr Kubistant but they were ignored, according to the lawsuit.  This was when she turned to school authorities.

Spokeswoman for Western Nevada College Anne  Hansen told ABC that after reviewing the syllabus and interviewing students an  investigator ‘found no evidence to support the student’s  complaint of sexual  harassment.

‘In fact, the investigator found that the  instructor was considered to be an  excellent and caring professor, who, with  the exception of that one  student, appeared to be universally admired by other  students who had  taken the course.’

Ms Royce dropped the course after four  classes. After the Office of Civil Rights said they would not be pursuing the  allegations any further, she decided to file the federal lawsuit.

Mr Kubistant did not reply to requests for  comment. He continues to teach at the college.

Man accused of waving machete after kindergarten graduation


A Lake Forest man who allegedly began waving a machete during a kindergarten graduation ceremony in Laguna Beach has been arrested on suspicion of exhibiting a deadly weapon, possession of drugs and driving under the influence, authorities said.

Juan Vigil Portillo, 31, was arrested Saturday  following the ceremony at Anneliese School, according to Lt. Jason Kravetz.

Police said they began receiving calls around 2 p.m. that a man had pulled into the parking lot of the school on Laguna Canyon Road as the kindergarten graduation ceremony was ending. Callers reported that he was drinking beer in his Toyota Tundra and acting strangely, Kravetz said.

When one of the teachers approached the man and asked him to leave, he allegedly pulled out a machete and swung it at her, Kravetz said.

The teacher called 911, but the man allegedly pulled away just as officers were arriving.

About 20 minutes later, police from nearby Irvine said they pulled over Portillo. Irvine police said they had received calls of a man driving erratically and swinging a machete at motorists.

Laguna Beach police responded with the teacher to identify the man. Police said they found methamphetamine in his possession during the booking process.

Shanghai subway to scantily clad women: No wonder you’ll be sexually harassed!


For women in Shanghai looking to beat the heat this summer with skimpier clothes, the city’s subway authorities have a message: dress appropriately or be ready to deal with the inevitable sexual harassment.

The controversy online started on June 20 when someone posted on the Shanghai Number 2 Subway Line official Weibo account – Chinese version of Twitter – a picture of a female passenger wearing a revealing dress with the comment: “If that’s what you wear on the subway, then no wonder you will be sexually harassed! There are perverts riding the subway every day and we can’t catch them all. Girls, you’ve got to respect yourself!”

Outrage over the comment was swift and voluminous, quickly becoming the second-most discussed topic on Weibo with nearly 16,000 forwards and 7,000 comments tagged to the original post alone.

No right to judge! The overwhelming number of comments condemned the message and its insinuation that revealing dress could be viewed as an invitation for harassment; branding it blatant gender discrimination.

“It’s a woman’s business to choose what to wear, if laws or your regulations do not forbid her from dressing like this, you [the Metro] have no right to chastise them,” wrote one commentator. “If your logic were right, then all men would harass women in the swimming pool.”

“You have the right to judge whether people are dressing elegantly or not.  And you have the right to like it or not,” wrote another critic of the Shanghai Metro. “But you have no right to harass anyone!”

Some people also raised questions about the fact that the Shanghai Metro staff took a photo of the unwitting passenger in the first place, and, adding insult to injury, used the photo in its controversial public service announcement.

Zhejiang Province Police

The Zhejiang province police department’s diagram meant to give women guidance on how men’s lurking eyes can lead to sexual harrassment.

“First I think the Metro has no right to insult others, especially their passengers. It’s a matter of professional decency,” wrote Hao Junbo, a lawyer on Weibo. “If the Metro published this person’s picture without approval beforehand, it violates the passenger’s rights.”

Responding to the criticism, Lan Tian, a press officer for Shanghai Shentong Metro Group, the authority that runs the Shanghai subway, justified the company’s comments to the Chinese state newspaper Global Times.

“As the city’s subway operator, we have the responsibility to warn women of the potential danger of sexual harassment on the subway,” he told the Global Times. “At the same time, we are not justifying any kind of sexual harassment or inappropriate behavior.”

Nevertheless, perhaps inspired by the general sentiment expressed online, a couple days later on June 24, several women went to another subway station in Shanghai to protest the Weibo post by the Shanghai Metro.

Donning black veils that covered their faces and holding signs that said things like, “Just because I’m slutty doesn’t mean you can be dirty,” the girls rode the subway in an attempt to call attention to the issue.

Interestingly, this time though, online sentiment was against the protestors, with many arguing that women should in fact dress more conservatively while riding the subway. A recent online poll by Sina Weibo found that 55 percent of over 10,000 people agreed with that sentiment.

Man has something wiggling in his eye from eating raw food, a 5 inch live worm to be exact


A doctor in India has pulled a live five-inch long worm from the eye of an elderly patient who was complaining of persistent pain in an operation reminiscent of a far-fetched alien movie plot.

When Dr V. Seetharaman examined 75-year-old patient P.K. Krishnamurthy at Mumbai’s Fortis Hospital this week, the eye expert was shocked by the highly unusual sight of the writhing parasite and had to operate speedily to remove it before serious damage was caused.

“It was wriggling there under the conjunctiva,” Seetharaman told AFP, referring to the thin membrane lining the eye. “It was the first time in my career of 30 years that I had seen such a case.”

Krishnamurthy had been suffering for more than two weeks with redness and irritation before the doctor pin-pointed the threadlike creature under a microscope on Wednesday.

“He was also confused and very much disturbed,” said Seetharaman.

The specialist removed the five-inch worm by making a small opening in the conjunctiva — a 15-minute operation that was observed by the patient’s horrified wife, Saraswati.

“It just kept moving and jumping; it was scary for a bit,” she told the Mumbai Mirror.

The patient was relieved of his symptoms while the worm, which was alive for another 30 minutes after surgery, was sent to the hospital’s microbiologists to be identified.

Seetharaman had previously only heard of worms of about two to three centimeters being removed. “Probably this is a record,” he said.

He suggested the creature could have entered the patient from a cut in his foot or from eating raw or improperly cooked food, before entering the bloodstream and travelling to the eye.

“If the worm was not removed it could have gone into the layers of the eye and caused visual loss,” he said. “It could have entered the brain and caused major neurological problems.”

Dr S. Narayani, the hospital’s medical director, agreed it was an extremely rare case. “We have a very active ophthalmology department and we have not come across a case like this in the last 10 years,” she said.

Tulsa’s Most Expressive Arrestee Adds To His Collection Of Marvelous Mug Shots


Meet Robert Mrah.

The 42-year-old was arrested last night for public intoxication, a fairly frequent occurrence for the Oklahoma man. After spending the evening in the Tulsa jail, Mrah was released from custody this afternoon.

Mrah’s latest collar resulted in a new mug shot (see upper left) for his growing body of police portraiture. The other three expressive images were snapped within the last nine months.

Who thought of this dumb idea? Boy, 12, badly injured in ‘salt-and-ice’ challenge


A 12-year-old boy, who participated in a “salt-and-ice challenge” last  weekend that he, his twin brother and friend learned about on Facebook and in  watching You Tube videos sustained serious second-degree cold injuries on his  back that required treatment at the West Penn Burn Center.

The unidentified youth lay on his stomach during a sleep-over at his house as  his brother and a friend put salt in the form of a cross on his back, then put  ice cubes atop the salt before applying pressure. The process causes almost  immediate pain. The ill-advised challenge is to see how long you can withstand  the pain.

Ariel Aballay, director of the Burn Center, held a news conference today to  alert parents of the serious injuries the challenge can cause, noting that  videos of people taking the challenge are well represented on You Tube. In just  moments, the challenge can cause first-degree cold injuries of redness that can  take a few days to heal. The Pittsburgh youth’s injuries caused severe  blistering and require drug treatment with a lotion that must be applied four  times a day for months. He is lot allowed to swim or go outside without a shirt  and even must have his back washed if he sweats for the rest of the summer.

“The injury is similar to frostbite that can result in mild cold injury but  it also could increase in severity based on the time the ice is applied,” Dr.  Aballay said. “The longer, the more serious the injury. This patient went for a  few minutes, but there have been cases that went for six or seven minutes that  resulted in third-degree injuries.

“Hopefully his wound will heal” without scarring, he said.

His mother said her son withstood the challenge for 20 minutes, eventually  losing any sense of pain or feeling. She asked that her name not be used, but  stressed the need to let the public know the potential consequences of the  challenge that many children and young adults are attempting.

Her twin sons and a friend undertook the challenge about 3 a.m. June 22. By  the next afternoon, his skin had blistered, prompting his mother to take him to  the emergency room, where doctors initially thought the injury would lead to  scarring.

She returned him to the burn center on Monday for additional treatment.

“I want parents to go to Facebook and YouTube to be aware of it and all the  other Internet challenges,” she said. “Kids are so impressionable and you can  tell them no until you are blue in the face.”

Do you ever wonder … What Do You Eat With a $168,000 Bottle of Wine?


The most expensive wine ever sold directly from a winery will go on sale this week, from the venerable Australian vintner Penfolds. The limited edition release of the 2004 Penfolds Block 42 Cabernet Sauvignon is priced at $168,000 a bottle.

The wine’s distinctive price comes from its rarity. The wine was made from the oldest producing cabernet sauvignon vines in the world, transplanted from France to Australia in the 1830s.

Later planted at the Kalimna Vineyard in the Barossa Valley, northeast of Adelaide, the vines today provide unequaled juice, but little of it. Only 12 bottles of the 2004 vintage will be sold.

To add further cachet, Penfolds commissioned an ampoule of scientific grade glass to hold it from three Australian artists: Nick Mount, who designed and hand-blew the glass; silversmith Hendrik Forster, who prepared the precious metal detailing; and furniture craftsman Andrew Bartlett, made the bespoke Jarrah cabinet.

“Wine and art are intrinsically linked,” says Matt Lane, Penfolds’s U.S. representative, making the ideal buyer, says Lane, is “a big time, serious wine collector, of course, but also the art aficionado who wants to collect a unique sculpture.”

The other attribute of the ideal buyer — profoundly deep pockets — is indicated by the 12 bottles’ allocation for sale: three will go to Russia, London and Dubai, three to the rest of Asia, two to North America, and two to Australia. (One bottle will be donated to a charitable organization for auction, while the remaining one will be kept at Penfolds as a showpiece.)

“I can see a billionaire CEO buying the Penfolds ampoule,” says Lane. “Larry Ellison might want to drink it in celebration of buying 98 percent of Hawaii’s pineapple island, Lanai.”