In the News: Boys can now be in sororities at Harvard
Harvard’s chapter of the all-female sorority Kappa Kappa Gamma has established a new, gender-neutral social club and changed its name to Fleur-de-Lis. The Harvard Crimson reports, “Kappa—the third sorority to come to Harvard—is the first campus sorority to go co-ed since the College announced its social group penalties in May 2016. The sanctions, which took effect with the Class of 2021, bar members of single-gender final clubs and Greek organizations from receiving campus leadership positions, varsity athletic team captaincies, and College endorsement for prestigious fellowships like the Rhodes.”
While the club will accept any gender, a press release from the chapter president says the club will remain female-focused.
Yale psychiatrist attempts to diagnose Trump
Yale School of Medicine psychiatrist Bandy Lee was brought to D.C. last month to brief lawmakers on the mental state of President Trump.
The Yale Daily News reports, “On Dec. 5 and 6, Lee met with more than a dozen congressmen, including one Republican senator, Politico reported. In her presentation, Lee relied on the assessments of 27 mental health professionals, compiled in the book she edited, ‘The Dangerous Case of Donald Trump.’ Though she could not diagnose Trump without a formal evaluation, she said, Trump’s recent behavior shows that he may be a danger to the American public.”
Lee has previously urged Congress to conduct a mental health evaluation on Trump and had a letter to the editor piece published in the New York Times saying Trump has put the world in danger.
Quote of the Week:
“If there are just males working on technology, we are never going to produce technology that will cater to the world, which is the ultimate goal of computer science.”
– Jane Lee, Dartmouth student on attending the 2017 Grace Hopper Celebration, the largest gathering of female technologists in the world
Tweet of the Week:
I know it's fun to imagine Oprah running for president in 2020 but one of our biggest issues now is having a president with lack of political experience & knowledge. So, I present Women That Have Political Experience (That You Should Support & Encourage to Run in 2020): a thread
— dani (@_danidelion_) January 9, 2018
– has been first lady
– focuses on children’s health and support for military families
– graduate of Princeton University and Harvard Law School
– campaigned for her husbands election and re-election
– called for tech companies to hire more women pic.twitter.com/OBASY1wVcS
— dani (@_danidelion_) January 9, 2018
Parents of Fraternity Hazing Victims to Attend Two-Day Retreat
Over a dozen parents will connect and plan for future action to stop hazing.
When sending their children off to college, parents want them to learn and have fun. They don’t expect them to be involved in a fatal hazing incident. Sadly, that is a tragic reality for some families.
Three years ago, Tucker Hipps passed away at just 19 years old during a hazing incident. A Clemson University sophomore at the time, he wanted to join Sigma Phi Epsilon, a campus fraternity. But on a morning run with some of the fraternity members on September 22, 2014, he was allegedly forced by a fraternity member to walk over a narrow bridge crossing Lake Hartwell. He then fell from the bridge and died from his injuries.
His mother, Cindy Hipps, is hosting the inaugural Parents Anti-Hazing Retreat in Greenville, South Carolina this Friday and Saturday. Over a dozen parents who have lost children to hazing will attend the private event where speakers and activities are scheduled. Two of the speakers include author and journalist Hank Nuwer and Kevin Kruger, president of NASPA Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education.
Hipps has already taken legal action herself. In 2016, the Tucker Hipps Transparency Act was signed into law by former South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley. This law requires tracking and public reports of misconduct by fraternities and sororities at public universities.
Parents from all over the country will attend the two-day conference this weekend to connect with other parents and help plan what action could be taken to stop future hazings from happening to other students.
Today’s Frat Suspension: AR -15 Found in Washington U. Phi Delta Theta House
The frat is permanently suspended from campus and the student responsible for the weapon has been removed.
A fraternity at Washington University (St. Louis), Phi Delta Theta, is permanently suspended after the discovery of firearms in the fraternity house and violations of the fraternity’s previous primary suspension.
Washington University Police Department found an AR-15 semi-automatic weapon in the fraternity’s on campus house, and a handgun in a car parked in a University garage. The discovery of the weapons came after an anonymous sources provided a photo of the weapons on social media with a partial Phi Delta Theta flag visible in the background.
The owner of the weapons, a student at Wash U and member of Phi Delt, has been removed and suspended from campus.
Words fail at the stupidity of an AR-15 in a fraternity house at Washington University https://t.co/CdVabZF8zd
— Mark Osmack (@mark_osmack) February 21, 2018
The fraternity was under investigation and temporary suspension from Wash U after allegations of a hazing incident in spring 2017. Phi Delt worked to maintain the University’s recognition after the decision was made for the fraternity to uphold a year long suspension beginning in December 2017.
According to independent newspaper of Wash U, Student Life, another investigation into the fraternity began in February due to unsanctioned social events.
Vice Chancellor of Public Affairs, Jill Friedman, stated that the University’s decision to permanently suspend the fraternity comes after multiple violations under the previous suspension.
“There have been concerns about their activity under that temporary suspension,” Friedman said. “The decision on this permanent suspension was in consideration of these concerns and made overwhelmingly on other violations [apart from the firearms].”
Purdue Fraternity Kickstarts Fundraiser After Tragedy Strikes House Mother
Look! It’s a positive fraternity story!
Purdue University’s chapter of Zeta Beta Tau took matters into their own hands when tragedy struck their house mother, Vanessa Trail.
On Feb. 5, Trail was at home with her children and husband, Jason, when their house succumbed to a fire. While Trail and her children were able to escape the house with severe injuries, her husband did not survive.
Zeta Beta Tau members created an online fundraiser for Trail and her children. With a GoFundMe account and a social media campaign, the fraternity has managed to raise over $19,000 for their house mother in just two weeks.
Matt Mosomillo, the creator of the GoFundMe fundraiser, made it known that, after all Trail and her family had done for the fraternity, it was time for the chapter to return the favor.
“Both of these people always had a smile on their face while doing their jobs, and they were such a pleasure to have around our house,” Mosomillo said. “A conversation with either of them could brighten any brother’s day. For all that they have done for us, it is only right we try to give back to their family in any way we can in this time of need.”
The campaign has generated nearly 1,000 shares and is very close to their fundraising goals as of the writing.
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