Though they get leaked time and time again, fraternities are apparently still sending dumb, racist emails to each other over their listservs. This week’s installment comes from the University of Chicago’s AEPi chapter, a traditionally Jewish frat. Buzzfeed has the emails, which are full of references to Muslim students as terrorists, Palestine jokes, and several invocations of the n-word.
Ohio University’s Acacia fraternity chapter has been suspended pending a university investigation, The Athens News reports. The school began looking into the chapter after a student posted a short video of Acacia bros singing a dirty version of “Hey Jude” to sorority girls last week. The new lyrics, per the whistleblower, were as follows:
The Phi Gamma Delta fraternity at James Madison University did not wait one second of this new school year to start preying on “hot” freshman girls, according to a disturbing new rush guide that’s currently circulating on campus. The guide, sent to us by a tipster, includes the name, room number, and a 1-10 hotness ranking of several freshman girls in a particular dorm, so that potential new bros can find them and bring them to FIJI parties.
At a party in June at the University of Central Florida, a woman secretly recorded Sigma Nu brothers chanting “rape, rape,” “let’s rape some bitches,” and “let’s rape some sluts.” Upon receiving the video in July, UCF suspended the frat, but a university panel ruled yesterday that the bros didn’t do anything wrong.
The University of Central Florida suspended its Sigma Nu fraternity chapter last month after video surfaced of brothers chanting “rape,” “let’s rape some bitches,” and “let’s rape some sluts” at a frat party in June. The Orlando Sentinel reported last night that—surprise!—one of the bros heard chanting in the video has actually been accused of sexual assault.
Ten days ago, the University of Houston suspended its Sigma Chi chapter after what the school's president called "disturbing allegations of hazing within the fraternity." Exactly how disturbing could that hazing have been? Well, the rumor going around campus suggests that Sigma Chi was treating its pledges in a way that even a CIA black site might find a bit excessive: by waterboarding them with alcohol.
Fraternities in America have spent 2015 more or less acting as if the rules of law and decency do not apply to them. Of course, this is not without reason: for much of the last 200 or so years, our fraternities have been granted a unique pass that has treated their singular incubation of poisonous masculinity as a net positive for society.
After an email containing racist and misogynist language sent to a campus fraternity by one of its members surfaced this week, the University of Maryland announced that it was opening an investigation into the case. The email's author dissuades his fraternity brothers from inviting women of color to a party and not to concern themselves with issues of consent.