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5 Horrific Things Fraternities Have Done Just in the Last Week

March 19, 2015 in Blogs

By Kali Holloway, AlterNet

Pernicious fraternity culture goes way beyond the racist SAE chant.

About a week ago, video footage surfaced of members of Sigma Alpha Epsilon gleefully singing a song they had clearly been taught by other members of SAE – who had no doubt been taught it by those who came before them – called “There will never be a n*gger in SAE.” We know that there was likely a proud tradition of SAE members singing this song, because everyone clearly knew the words during the boisterous rendition. Also, for anyone who knows anything about fraternities, the idea that a frat would be engaging in awful behavior – racist, sexist or otherwise, because there are really too many varieties to list here – should come as no surprise. Yes, I’m sure there is at least one frat that is not just plain awful. #NotAllFrats or whatever. But they are mostly just The Worst.

Anyway, after very nearly two centuries of frats behaving terribly in America, this one video seems to have opened the floodgates for recognition of their bad behavior. In the week since the Oklahoma University SAE “scandal”  – if we’re calling video footage of things everyone already knows about a “scandal” – frats have been getting busted left and right on being, to reiterate, actual living nightmares. Here’s a roundup of some of the embarrassing Greek activity over the last few days:

1) Pi Kappa Alpha Member Found Dead, University of South Carolina Suspends Chapter

The body of an 18-year-old member of Pi Kappa Alpha fraternity at the University of South Carolina was found in the chapter’s house on March 18. There’s no official cause of death yet, according to local NBC affiliate WISTV, but an autopsy and toxicology test are currently underway. The body was found the morning after neighbors reported the house held a large party, and St. Patrick’s Day decorations were still up in places. USC will not identify the young man before receiving “official confirmation” from the coroner’s office. The frat, in the meantime, has been placed on “administrative suspension.”

2) Another Chapter of the Same Frat Was …read more


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