When I started this last week, I was wondering if there would be enough happening each week. It appears that I don’t have to worry about running out of stories. The American press loves to write about fraternities and sororities and/or hazing, and we seem to be willing to give them a lot to write about. Plus, we have a Canadian hazing story this week.
Clemson – The Independent Mail (Anderson, SC) reports that Eli Ker, Clemson’s Associate Director for Fraternity and Sorority Life, has been dismissed from his job and charged criminally with “breach of trust with fraudulent intent.” “According to an arrest warrant, Ker “did unlawfully convert” $33,820.44 from the Panhellenic Recruitment account” for personal use. T.J. Sullivan has posted his thoughts on his blog.
University of North Carolina – The Daily Tar Heel reports that UNC is investigating nine reports of alleged hazing. This appears to be a positive step, and reflects recent policy and enforcement changes. (IFC President Jack) “Partain attributed the recent reports to a greater willingness of people to report violations because of an enhanced trust in the disciplinary system. ‘Now they’re seeing it as an effective system, and they’re using it,’ he said.”
Loyola (IL) – In a truly silly story from Courthouse News, a landlord in Chicago is trying to circumvent local zoning laws in order to allow him to rent to a Sigma Pi chapter at Loyola. His argument is that since Sigma Pi’s open motto is “In the Service of God and Man,” the house should be considered a monastery, thus free from following the zoning ordinance.
Yale/DKE – Boston.com reports that the Connecticut Supreme Court has ruled that a lawsuit against Delta Kappa Epsilon related to an accident that killed four students can go forward. The accident happened in January of 2003, and involved pledges returning to campus from New York City. It is reported that it took place during “Hell Week” and that the driver was “sleep-deprived.” This is the same chapter that was suspended by Yale last year following videotaped chanting and marching by pledges, including the now famous, “No means yes, and yes means anal.”
Boston Univ. Hockey – While not directly connected to fraternities/sororities, this story shows what can happen within a campus culture when a group sees itself as invincible, and no one takes the steps to stop the behavior at an early stage. From Deadspin, the article describes the findings of a BU task force investigating the behavior of the Hockey Team. The report follows the arrest of two players for sexual assault, and describes a “culture of sexual entitlement” within the team. Here is a link to a blog from a writer covering BU Hockey. That post lists all 14 recommendations from the task force. Here is an article from the Boston Globe.
Penn State/Omega Essence Update – The Centre Daily Times reports that criminal charges are moving forward for the three students charged with hazing in the Omega Essence (little sisters of Omega Psi Phi) situation from the Spring.
Wilfred Laurier University/Baseball – CTV is reporting that the Wilfred Laurier University (Waterloo, Ontario) Baseball team has been suspended for four games based on hazing allegations. “Alcohol was involved and there were other issues of de-humanizing, degrading behaviour.” A decision on the rest of the season will come as the investigation unfolds.