If there’s one lesson you should learn from the various news stories about the idiocy of fraternities, it’s this: never, ever put anything in writing. Don’t put it in a notebook), don’t write it on a sign, and never, ever put it in an email. But apparently, AEPi at University of Chicago hasn’t learned that lesson, and the shit is about to hit the fan.
Emails between active brothers and alumni from the chapter between 2011 to 2015 were leaked to Buzzfeed. According to Chicagoist, “The emails show brothers using the n-word, referring to a Muslim woman as a “terrorist,” and describing an abandoned lot near the Hyde Park frat as “Palestine,” among other disturbing comments. One email from January 2013 details a member’s plan to organize a “Marathon Luther King Jr. Day” the point of which would be a marathon of day drinking, eating fried chicken and watching a film parody about the film genre Blaxploitation.”
Also released were a set of fake “house rules” regarding what kind of ladies could be brought home. From Chicagoist, the highlights include:
One of the rules says, “No fatties. No one wants to be or be friends with a fat girl fucker. Do not fuck or fuck with or do anything you can avoid doing with a fatty.”
Another says, “No crazies. Although good in bed, the legitimately insane have no place with a relatively sane man. Every girl is crazy to some degree, we are talking about the truly bat shit insane.”
One rule in particular sums of this fraternity’s priorities disappointingly well: “Conscious Cock-blocking is to be regarded as the worst of crimes.”
While the chapter is not recognized at the university, it is made up of students and of course university officials who are not happy. Michele Rasmussen, the Dean of Students, said in a statement, “The language used in these private emails is offensive, and it is not consistent with the University’s values or our strong commitment to ensuring that people with diverse backgrounds and perspectives can thrive on our campus.”
The chapter has released an apology on Facebook through a public Facebook group “Overheard at UChicoago,” saying:
Dear University of Chicago Community,
I’m Josh Benadiva, the president of AEPi.
We are disgusted by the emails sent to the fraternity listhost in past years, and regret that such hate was ever a part of the discourse in AEPi. The current Executive Board is doing everything in its power to investigate and confront the individuals of the fraternity who sent these emails. We whole-heartedly condemn this behavior and reaffirm that there is no place for these hateful and bigoted sentiments in our fraternity.
We can and will continue to do better. We have solicited additional educational resources from the University of Chicago and from our national fraternity organization to improve our educational program and will continue to do so. To our friends who feel hurt, betrayed, or let down, we ask for an opportunity to regain your trust and confidence.
Feel free to message me individually if you have any comments, questions, or really anything.
Oh boys. When will you learn?.
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