VANCOUVER (NEWS 1130) – A professor at the University of British Columbia is facing backlash for tweeting during Remembrance Day ceremonies, suggesting fraternity members shouldn’t have been among the groups laying wreaths at the school.
Dr. Marina Adshade, an economics instructor, posted her thoughts just after 11 a.m. on Nov. 11, tweeting at the president of the university and asking if there weren’t “other more representative groups on campus to play this role?”
@ubcprez wondering why frat boys are laying wreaths at the Remberance Day Ceremony at UBC. Surely there are other more representative groups on campus to play this role?
— Dr. Marina Adshade (@MarinaAdshade) November 11, 2019
Reaction was immediate, with many asking why any group should be singled out as worthy or not worthy of commemorating Remembrance Day.
One tweet said: “Every death is a tragedy to someone somewhere. Members of fraternities have experienced losses over wars and conflicts and they are simply paying their respects just like everyone else.”
Another points out Lt .John McCrae, who wrote the poem “In Flanders Fields”, was a fraternity member.
Adshade claims in another tweet the she has been receiving threats of sexual violence since the tweet.
This is not her first time in the headlines. Adshade also took to social media in September, claiming six female students were drugged in frat houses. An RCMP investigation has uncovered no evidence backing that claim so far.