Frat-house accidents and sexual assaults are getting so common they’re impossible to ignore—but how did it get this bad, and why does it keep happening? In an extensive Atlantic piece, Caitlin Flanagan looks at the history of fraternities and their myriad ways of avoiding legal obligations for what goes on behind closed doors. Read more on Newser…
After a Baruch College student died in a totally messed up hazing ritual a few weeks ago, the school has taken action by placing a lifetime ban on the frat behind the incident, Pi Delta Psi. Chun “Michael” Deng, a 19-year-old freshman, died on December 8 after participating in an awful, dangerous hazing game at a frat retreat in the Poconos. Baruch College’s president, Mitchel Wallerstein, announced the ban on Wednesday. According to Wallerstein, the school is conducting a review, and some students aren’t too keen on cooperating. The Huffington Post has explored whether Deng’s death could have been prevented, considering the fact that he was surrounded by over 30 frat brothers when he was injured and wasn’t taken to the hospital right away. Their findings are pretty sobering. Check out their video after the jump… [Huffington Post] Keep reading »
Even among the awful hazing stories that seem to make headlines way too often, this one sticks out as particularly atrocious.
Chun Hsien Deng, a 19-year-old Baruch College freshman, died of “major brain trauma” on Monday after partaking in a fraternity hazing ritual on a retreat in the Poconos. Deng was there with around 30 members of the fraternity Pi Delta Psi. Apparently, they played a game called the Glass Ceiling, which consists of blindfolding someone and placing a heavy object on their back. Then, someone calls for the person and he tries to make his way toward them, still blindfolded, while other members of the frat try to tackle him. Keep reading »
In the mid-’90s, Todd Phillips made a documentary about the secret life of frat houses for HBO. The cable channel opted never to air the special, but it was recently unearthed and thrown up on YouTube. As you might imagine, much of what Phillips and his doc team unearth is pretty appalling. Frat pledges are urged to do rather inhuman and disgusting things — like intentionally puking and biting the heads off of live rats — in order to be accepted into particular fraternities. And the usual binge drinking, misogyny and bad behavior run rampant. It’s kind of mesmerizing. [NYMag.com]
We love Martha Stewart. We’re gaga for her Encyclopedia of Sewing and Fabric Crafts, we want a made-to-order kitchen just like hers, we even support her less domestic pursuits like pole dancing and brownie-baking with Snoop Dogg. Her latest video really got a laugh out of us editors.
Macy’s sent Our Lady of Cleanliness to makeover a typical frathouse as part of their mockumentary-style Fashion Intervention campaign. Watch the video … Keep reading »
After years of studying and not getting laid just so they could get into Yale, some Zeta Psi recruits have officially blown their chances of ever enjoying a woman’s touch. The freshmen frat wannabes posted a picture on Facebook of themselves in front of the Women’s Center on campus with a sign that read, “We Love Yale Sluts”. The misogynistic mayhem culminated with a chorus of, “Dick! Dick! Dick!” (We’d expect more from the Ivy League, but bare in mind this is G.W. Bush’s alma mater.) Needless to say, the women on campus have pledged to never put out for Zeta Psi and the administration is debating whether they will sue for the inflammatory sign. Looks like sluts aren’t just well loved, they also rule the school. [Yale Daily News]
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