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Patrons Complained Service Was Slow. Then the Cops Came

Black patrons now say they were racially profiled by manager who thought they wouldn't pay

(Newser) - A night out at an Ohio Bahama Breeze for a group of sorority sisters ended with complaints of slow service, police on the scene, and now, a fired manager after some of the black patrons said they were racially profiled. WKYC reports on the June 19 incident, when about 40... More »

University Suspends Frats, Sororities After Blackface Pic

More photos have surfaced showing fraternity members dressed up as gang members

(Newser) - A California state university has indefinitely suspended fraternities and sororities after photos surfaced showing a fraternity member in blackface and others dressed up as gang members. The move at California Polytechnic State University was announced Tuesday by school President Jeffrey Armstrong, who said in a lengthy letter to the campus... More »

Sorority Kicked Off Campus for 'Reprehensible' Scavenger Hunt

Quests were 'morally questionable,' Lehigh says

(Newser) - A "reprehensible" sorority scavenger hunt that "involved the use of drugs and alcohol, sexual activity, and other activities that violate Lehigh University policy" counts as hazing even if participants took part willingly, the university has decided. The Alpha Chi Omega has lost its status and been booted off... More »

She Thought It Would Be a Tattoo. It Was a Branding

Women recount bizarre initiation of secret group within Nxivm self-help organization

(Newser) - It's called Nxivm, pronounced Nex-e-um, and thousands have gone through its various self-help and executive training seminars since the 1990s. As the New York Times explains in a lengthy story about the group, most people take a few classes and leave after that. But others become devoted adherents to... More »

Sorority Sisters' Spat Ends Up in Federal Courtroom

The feuding pair go to Penn State

(Newser) - It's not unusual for two college roommates to wind up not getting along. What makes this dispute at Penn State exceptional is that it's now in federal court. Also, it involves a colander that may or may not have had noodles in it. As the Philadelphia Inquirer reports,... More »

After Student Hospitalized, Duke Gets Tough on Sororities

All sorority activity was initially suspended

(Newser) - An "alcohol-related incident" Tuesday night left a Duke University student hospitalized in critical condition, prompting the school to clamp down on more than half the sorority chapters on the campus, USA Today College reports. The unnamed student, described only as a "new member," is expected to fully... More »

Mocked Over Selfies, Sorority Students Bite Back

Arizona Diamondbacks announcers made fun of them

(Newser) - Baseball announcers mocked a group of sorority students in the crowd this week and got a slice of humble pie for their effort, Jezebel reports. As described by SB Nation and Sporting News , Arizona Diamondbacks announcers Bob Brenly and Steve Berthiaume mocked a group of female students from Alpha Chi... More »

Sorority Sues Ex-Member Who Leaked Secret Handshake

Online post detailed Phi Sigma Sigma's private rituals

(Newser) - To the sisters of the Phi Sigma Sigma sorority, the group's secret handshake and knock are "sacred"—so sacred, it seems, that to reveal them is to risk a lawsuit. That's what happened to a former member of the sorority who listed that information, as well... More »

Police: Missing Student Entered Mississippi River

Jen Houle was spotted on video

(Newser) - A sad development in the case of a missing University of Minnesota student last seen around 1am Friday at the Blarney Pub & Grill: CBS Minnesota reports that police last night secured video footage that apparently shows Jen Houle entering the Mississippi River via a bridge located a few blocks... 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 »

It Costs a Heck of a Lot to Be in a Sorority

'New York Times' looks at what girls pay after they pledge

(Newser) - You've made the cut—now cut a check. The New York Times today dives into just how much it costs to be in a sorority. The upshot: a lot, and it's a total that frequently isn't conveyed to women swept up in the excitement of rush. The... More »

Source: Sorority Expelled Miss America for Hazing

Kira Kazantsev says she was wrongly accused

(Newser) - Kira Kazantsev was kicked out of the Alpha Phi sorority at Hofstra University last year, and it wasn't for banging plastic cups around , a source tells Jezebel . According to the source, the future Miss America and a friend were expelled from the sorority for hazing pledges, who were "... More »

UConn Boots Sorority Over 'Bacon Hazing'

Sophomore: I was told to 'lay on the floor and sizzle like bacon'

(Newser) - Another day, another Greek organization shut down on a college campus over hazing—but the case of the University of Connecticut's Kappa Kappa Gamma sorority is rather ... unique. Sophomore Hillary Holt is charging that she and others were hazed at the school's Sigma Alpha Epsilon frat house, and... More »

Hofstra Student Dead in Home Invasion

Armed intruder also killed in botched robbery

(Newser) - A Hofstra University student who lived in an off-campus house with her twin sister is dead after an armed burglar broke into the house overnight, reports the Daily News . The gunman also was killed. The details of what happened were unclear this afternoon, but the gunshots apparently began after police... More »

Princeton: We'll Suspend Freshmen Who Rush Frats

About 15% of school's student body is in a frat or sorority

(Newser) - So much for those wild and crazy first few weeks of college. In keeping with a belief that fraternities and sororities promote social exclusiveness, Princeton University says any freshman who joins, rushes, or pledges to a Greek organization starting this fall will face suspension. The Ivy League school has a... More »

Serial Rapist Attacking Alumnae of Dallas Sorority

Texas attacker has personal info on victims: cops

(Newser) - A serial rapist spotted on surveillance video appears to be stalking alumnae of a particular sorority in Dallas, police have revealed. Four members of Delta Sigma Theta have been raped in their homes in the last 11 months by an attacker who had personal information about them, reports the Dallas ... More »

Sorority Accused of Beating Pledges With Paddles make them feel like slave ancestors

(Newser) - Two chapters of an African-American sorority have been accused of beating pledges with wooden paddles and spoons, and one alleged victim says it was done so that pledges “feel what your ancestors went through in slavery, so you will respect what you came from.” Courtney Howard, a former... More »

Third Miami U Sorority Suspended After Raging Formal

Turns out sisters can be just as gross as frat bros

(Newser) - Miami University appears to be having a bit of a problem with its sororities: For the third time in a month, a spring formal turned truly disgusting, resulting in probation. This time it was the Zeta Tau Alphas who filled a bus with trash and vomit and harassed the driver,... More »

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