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While covering Student Government elections, Coastal Carolina’s student newspaper, The Chanticleer, decided to mention their Kappa Sigma chapter in a less than positive light. According to the paper, Kappa Sig was under investigation for “hazing and sexual assault.” The problem? There was no sexual assault.
Kappa Sig was suspended in 2014 after an investigation into hazing occurred. While that’s pretty shitty for the chapter, The Chanticleer took it a step further by accusing the brotherhood of assault. Since a brother was running for SGA President (good for him), it was only fitting that a school publication take the opportunity to run his chapter’s already tarnished name through the mud one more time.
As complaints rolled in, the publication decided to issue this heartfelt apology. You can really see how terrible they feel about all of this.
Correction. In The Chanticleer Issue 16, in the article, 'The Race for SGA President' pic.twitter.com/hebfBUBcqi
— The Chanticleer News (@thechanticleer) February 24, 2016
No, wait a minute. There’s no apology. Just a lot of finger pointing and assuming. This reads more like “Not my fault, that lady said hazing and we ALL know that hazing is Greek code for rape.” Deplorable. They also decided to throw in the Phi Kappa Phi and TKE chapters just for good measure. Can’t have anyone focus on the point of a redaction like this.
It makes me sick to see any chapter have to deal with bad press, especially when that bad press is the result of a bold-faced lie. What makes me even more sick is that instead of actually saying “we’re really sorry we called you rapists,” these cats decided to post a shitty little Twitter picture that amounted to nothing but more bad press. Would an apology change anything? Not really, but it would at least mean that this student group had the basic human decency to admit their faults and try to make amends with a group of their peers.
A big round of applause to this chapter for calling these hacks on their bullshit. I hope their candidate went in and gave ‘em hell. Stay vigilant, guys, and don’t let lying media keep you down..
Image via Twitter/@CCUKappaSigma