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UH Frat Suspended, and Wild Rumor Flies

Police investigating hazing allegations

(Newser) - The University of Houston still won't divulge details about hazing allegations that have left five students suspended and facing both expulsion and criminal charges. But given the school president's comments earlier this month—"I am shocked, dismayed, and deeply disappointed that allegations of this nature have arisen... More »

Vanderbilt's Jewish Frat Defaced With Swastikas

Police conducting hate crime investigation

(Newser) - Police are conducting a hate crime investigation after students found three swastikas spray-painted in a Jewish frat house at Vanderbilt University on Saturday, the Tennessean reports. The student president of the Alpha Epsilon Pi frat says students were "horrified" to discover the Nazi symbols, painted in an elevator and... More »

Penn State Frat's Nasty Facebook Comments Surface

A former Kappa Delta Rho member was the one who alerted police

(Newser) - "Lol delete these or we will be on cnn in a week." On CNN is exactly where the Penn State chapter of Kappa Delta Rho ended up following the fraternity's suspension over a secret Facebook page . That "lol" line is one of the comments Onward State... More »

Penn State Frat Suspended for Secret Facebook Page

Kappa Delta Rho page allegedly contained photos of nude, sleeping women

(Newser) - Penn State's Kappa Delta Rho fraternity has joined the ranks of suspended chapters after police say they uncovered a secret Facebook page that contained some pretty damning images: photos of partially naked, sleeping women; photos of drug deals; and photos of hazing. "It appears [the women] were passed... More »

Frat Had Sung Racist Chant for Years

Board of trustees apologizes for 'horrible cancer'

(Newser) - The racist chant that has gotten the University of Oklahoma's Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity bounced from campus is nothing new: The board of trustees for the exiled chapter released a statement last night acknowledging that "a horrible cancer entered into the OU chapter of SAE three to four... More »

Now Frat's Elderly 'House Mom' Has Video Problem

Meanwhile, OU loses a football recruit due to Sigma Alpha Epsilon video

(Newser) - More unfortunate news is streaming out of the now-shuttered Sigma Alpha Epsilon house at the University of Oklahoma. The Oklahoma Daily has uncovered a Vine video from 2013 that appears to show SAE's house mom, Beauton Gilbow, laughing and repeatedly saying the N-word. CBS News describes her as "... More »

University of Oklahoma Frat Closed Over Racist Chant

Video appears to show people in formal wear, on bus, chanting

(Newser) - Sigma Alpha Epsilon's creed is "The True Gentleman." The University of Oklahoma's chapter of the fraternity has now been closed after its members were allegedly caught being the very opposite. A nine-second video rife with racist slurs—including a reference to lynching and students chanting "... More »

UVa Sororities Fume Over Ban from Key Fraternities Event

National chapters' action prompts petition

(Newser) - Sorority members at the University of Virginia are taking a stand over a rule they argue is rooted in discrimination. This Saturday is bid night at UVa campus fraternities, an event in which the sorority sisters normally take part—but this year, national chapters are requiring many of them to... More »

Frat Trashed Resort to Tune of $75K: Manager

Other U-M Greek orgs blamed for $20K more in damages at 2nd resort

(Newser) - Members of six University of Michigan fraternities and sororities who may have watched Animal House one too many times are accused of causing nearly $100,000 in damage at two ski resorts last weekend, the Detroit Free Press reports. Smashed ceiling tiles, broken windows and furniture, filthy rooms, and ruined... More »

Brown Sanctions 2 Frats Over Parties, 'Sexual Misconduct'

Phi Kappa Psi kicked out for 4 years

(Newser) - Brown University has imposed tough sanctions on two fraternities that held unlicensed parties, including one where a student said she was sexually assaulted after drinking punch spiked with a date-rape drug. That fraternity, Phi Kappa Psi, has lost university recognition for four years and will lose its housing, reports the... More »

UVa. Reinstates Frat at Heart of Rolling Stone Story

Cops find no evidence that allegations occurred at Phi Kappa Psi

(Newser) - The University of Virginia today reinstated Phi Kappa Psi, the fraternity at the heart of the Rolling Stone article on campus sexual assault , saying in a statement that local police had failed to find "any substantive basis to confirm that the allegations" in the article actually took place. "... More »

'Sober Monitors' to Now Patrol UVa Frat Parties

New rules also ban premixed drinks and kegs, require guard at door

(Newser) - No kegs, strictly enforced guest lists, and at least three "sober and lucid" monitors is the new normal for fraternity and sorority parties at the University of Virginia. President Teresa Sullivan yesterday announced the changes to the university's Fraternal Organization Agreement and said the school would lift a... More »

Beyonce Sex Doll Sinks Ivy League Frat

UPenn's Phi Delta Theta suspended pending an investigation

(Newser) - A University of Pennsylvania fraternity has been suspended pending an investigation into a holiday card showing the mostly white group posing with what it says was a Beyonce sex doll. Phi Delta Theta's national leadership halted its Penn chapter this week amid concerns the image—criticized as racist and... More »

SDSU Frats: Parties Off, Anti-Rape Courses On

Leaders agree to suspend social activities

(Newser) - Shameful behavior at an anti-rape march last Friday appears to have been the last straw at San Diego State University, where fraternity and sorority socializing has been suspended. Leaders of the Greek system say partying will be on hold until members of the groups have attended sexual assault prevention courses,... More »

Death to the Fraternity System

We can't trust 'reform': Jordan Sargent

(Newser) - A report about an alleged gang rape at the University of Virginia shut down the school's fraternities until Jan. 9—but actually, "the right time to bring back the fraternities is never," writes Jordan Sargent at Gawker . It's time, he says, to do away with a... More »

Gang-Rape Report Shuts Down UVa Frats Until January

President calls on those with information to come forward

(Newser) - A Rolling Stone report on an alleged gang rape at a University of Virginia fraternity has prompted the school's president to suspend all frats until the spring semester. In an open letter to students and staff today, president Teresa Sullivan calls for "the collective strength of the members... More »

WVU Puts Frats on Ice After 'Catastrophic Emergency'

Sororities, too, after Nolan Michael Burch found unconscious

(Newser) - Two fraternity incidents in less than two weeks spurred West Virginia University to take rather drastic action yesterday: It suspended all frat and sorority activities. The moratorium was imposed after 18-year-old Nolan Michael Burch was found by police unconscious and not breathing Wednesday evening at the Kappa Sigma house; an... More »

'Fireball Whisky' Yanked Over Antifreeze Ingredient

Not to worry: Offending ingredient is deemed safe enough in US

(Newser) - Fireball Cinnamon Whisky is red-hot in the US and gaining traction abroad, becoming especially big at frat parties and recently declared the "most popular shot for college students," reports the Daily Beast . But a batch of the whisky that "Tastes like Heaven, Burns like Hell" has... More »

University Suspends All Frats After Pledge Dies

Clemson student Tucker Hipps fell from bridge

(Newser) - The unexplained death of a 19-year-old pledge at Clemson this week was the 15th "serious incident" involving fraternities at the South Carolina university in the space of a month, and the institution has now decided to suspend the activities of all 24 fraternities, a spokeswoman tells WYFF4 . The other... More »

Student, 19, Dies After 'Gathering' at Rutgers Fraternity

Police probe Caitlyn Kovacs' death

(Newser) - A 19-year-old Rutgers student has died following what reports call a "small gathering" at a fraternity house. Alcohol may have been a factor in Caitlyn Kovacs' death, which is currently under police investigation; an autopsy will reveal the cause. The New Jersey resident passed out at the Delta Kappa... More »

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