Sexist Emails Jolt Storied Princeton Eating Club

One showed sex act at club; another slammed 'gender equality'
By Matt Cantor,  Newser Staff
Posted Dec 2, 2014 11:15 AM CST
Updated Dec 2, 2014 11:18 AM CST
Sexist Emails Jolt Storied Princeton Eating Club
A person walks with an umbrella at Princeton University in Princeton, NJ, Monday, Dec. 9, 2013.   (AP Photo/Mel Evans)

At Princeton, much of undergrad social life is centered around groups known as eating clubs, and recently, members of one such club were treated to a pair of emails that got their senders—the Tiger Inn club's VP and treasurer—kicked out. One email showed a picture of a woman referred to as an "Asian chick" involved in a sex act at the club; another attacked the admission of women into Tiger Inn. "Ever wonder who we have to thank (blame) for gender equality,” the email asked. “Looking for someone to blame for the influx of girls? Come tomorrow and help boo Sally Frank," an alumna who took legal action prompting the once all-male clubs to allow women, the New York Times reports. Tiger Inn was the last to do so, in 1991. The emails were both sent to all club members on Oct. 12.

Princeton police say any investigation of the photo is essentially "on hold until a victim comes forward" (the Times points out that NJ law requires that the parties in a sexual photo consent to its distribution). The emails led to anger from club members as well as a survey, run by Tiger Inn's graduate board of governors, which asked respondents if they were concerned about the possibility of sexual assault at the club, among other questions. Following the survey, the board last week called the emails, from Adam Krop and Drew Hoffenberg, "offensive, disrespectful, and in direct violation of our core values," announcing the two seniors' ouster and efforts to improve gender issues at the club. The university is also investigating the photo, the Daily Princetonian reports. The former officers remain students. (More Princeton stories.)

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