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Big Brother is watching you.
SAE’s national organization visited Ohio’s chapter after hearing allegations of an alcohol violation and receiving hazing tips, and the national representatives treated the situation as if every member of the house was pledging the FBI. I know membership reviews are supposed to be long, hard looks at chapter conduct, but these guys simply tussled on their front porch and had some booze in the house. However, the response was just above “lock ’em up and throw away the key.”
Taking a page right out of Orwell’s classic, nationals installed cameras, members were subjected to hair follicle drug tests and GPA reviews, and anyone who wouldn’t take the test was considered as refusing to participate and was thus part of the problem. As one brother put it, “I didn’t want to get 120 hairs taken off my head every three months to be in a fraternity.” I feel you, man. Some of us thin out a bit on top in college. We need all the hairs we can get. Drug testing for membership in an organization that’s clearly getting bent over and shown the 50 states by nationals sometimes isn’t worth that.
32 members were also suspended, according to The Post:
The national headquarters of Sigma Alpha Epsilon Fraternity suspended nearly half of its Ohio Gamma chapter over the weekend, following a membership review Saturday prompted by hazing accusations from Ohio University which also led to an alcohol violation in September.
The OU chapter’s membership dwindled from 65 members before Saturday to 33 members Wednesday.
Beyond all the above ridiculous stipulations put on the chapter, it also had an off-duty police officer added to the house as “security personnel.” Fraternity house or minimum security prison? I’m going to leave that one up to you. It sounds like the 32 guys who were booted from the chapter got the better end of the deal, though. In the future, perhaps SAE’s national office might want to use “1984” more like a cautionary tale instead of a guidebook on how to treat its undergraduate members..
[via The Post]
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