La Sierra University has led North American Adventist institutions in implementing federal Title IX mandates, though as I reported in May, the institution's implementation was not without challenges. Within the first year of the university's opening its Title IX office, some students alleged that La Sierra was slow in responding to charges of sexual assault and that university leadership mishandled Title IX claims, leading to a website and petition urging change.
Brian Robak, a videographer and media director at Oregon Conference's Big Lake Youth Camp fell to his death while hiking on Mt. Washington on June 30 according to the Deschutes County Sheriff's Office. The Sheriff’s Office was notified at 3:32 Friday morning that Robak had not returned to camp after a solo hike. Oregon's National Guard rescuers found Robak’s body during an air search Saturday afternoon. He was 28 years old.
Kevin Canavan, a student at Pacific Union College and an employee at Camp Wawona has been found deceased according to a release from the Central California Conference of Seventh-day Adventists. Canavan went missing on July 5, last seen in a nearby river with several others during a day-off outing.
In a statement issued this evening, the Central California Conference announced the tragic discovery: