A few random stories from the past week, followed by updates on three stories we posted earlier.
The members of Kappa Alpha Theta at Wisconsin are in hot water for apparently interrupting a presentation of the Vagina Monologues on campus. According to the Wisconsin State Journal, two bus loads of sorority members and dates were unloading in front of the lounge hosting the play, and several began pounding on the glass window of the venue. They were apparently intoxicated, and on their way to the chapter’s semi-formal in an adjacent space. Campus official s are investigating.
The national fraternity of Lambda Chi Alpha has revoked the charter of the chapter at The College of William and Mary. The Flat Hat newspaper describes the reason as repeated issues of alcohol abuse and hazing, including a report of forcing new members to run for six hours in the middle of the night.
Several sources have reports on a fight attributed to Delta Kappa Epsilon at an apartment complex at Arizona State. Five individuals have been arrested, members of the chapter were injured, and shots were fired. Here is coverage from azfamily.com, KPHO Phoenix, and ABC News. Arizona State closed on-campus fraternity/sorority housing this year, and neighbors claim that has lead to increased problems in the area.
The Sigma Tau Gamma chapter at Valparaiso has been closed down by the fraternity’s national board (Valpocommunity.com). The reasons for the closure are not listed in the article.
“Oregon State University has suspended the Kappa Sigma fraternity for two years because of student-conduct violations.” (SFGate.com) “Kappa Sigma president Billy Anderson told the Gazette-Times that to his knowledge the suspension stemmed from an incident that occurred at the fraternity on St. Patrick’s Day weekend in 2012.” The article also describes a series of other concerns with the chapter. This is the first fraternity closure at Oregon State in ten years.
The Richmond Times-Dispatch has a story on a dispute in the claims around the arrest of four student members of Alpha Phi Alpha for hazing at Virginia State University. In the article, the alleged victim claims that at least one of the men “did not haze him and wasn’t present when it occurred.” The article raises questions of the actions of the prosecutor in forcing guilty pleas at the initial hearing following the arrests.
- Update (May 13th) – (Richmond Times Dispatch) The charges have been dismissed for three of the individuals involved in this case. One student (the former student body president) continues to challenge the charges, and the process used by the local prosecutor.
An 18th suspect has been arrested for hazing in relation to an incident involving Alpha Phi Alpha at Jacksonville State in November 2011 (myfoxal.com).
Chico State continues to work through a variety of issues surrounding alcohol usage and accepting new rules on campus (ChicoER.com). The latest news is that Sigma Chi and Pi Kappa Alpha and Gamma Phi Beta have been suspended pending investigation of policy violations. In November, the University President suspended all fraternities and sororities in an effort to refocus behavior and implement new policies and expectations.