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At this point, it should be universally understood that your chapter will not receive its security deposit back after any fraternity function. Factor it into the venue’s cost and get your money’s worth in drunken debauchery. Just remember roughly what that number is and try not to exceed it tenfold like three fraternities from the University of Michigan did over the weekend.
Sigma Alpha Mu, the only fraternity named in the report, stayed at Treetops Resorts in Gaylord last weekend. The resort’s general manager Barry Owens told the local news station that police had to escort the students out after they caused as much as $50,000 worth in damages. A video showed damaged walls and ripped-down ceiling tiles throughout the hotel.
Two other fraternities stayed at Boyne Highlands and are alleged to have caused significant damage in up to 12 private condos throughout the resort. Boyne general manager Mike Chumbler told the station they assessed a “significant” fee as the groups checked out, before he knew the extent of repairs that would be necessary.
Every chapter has one. Some brother got set up with his formal date and she’s not really feeling it. His response is to drink himself into the proverbial bull in a china shop and start Superman-punching ceiling tiles, swinging from chandeliers, and putting his head through some walls. None of the brothers stop him because they’re all too smashed to give a shit. The next morning, the hallway looks like post-apocalyptic Detroit and the only thing they can do is laugh when they think about the resort’s reaction.
Seriously, hotels go out of their way to bone you with additional costs. Leave three beer cans on the nightstand and they’ll pop you with a $250 cleaning charge. Used condom on the floor? That’s $750 for steam cleaning. You were too loud and the hotel made the idiotic decision to put other guest on the same floor as you? A few grand in noise fees. More than $50,000 in the deluded hotel world is completely plausible to me after watching that video.
On the other hand, it looked like a hell of a time. Can you really put a price on an unforgettable college experience?.
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