It’s the most enduring question of 2012: who in Sigma Alpha Epsilon, the recently notorious Dartmouth frat, actually thought ass beers (among other carnival attractions) were a good idea? We may have an answer! A tipster close to the fraternity tells us that C. Clark Warthen ’10 (pictured) masterminded the pledging period for which Dartmouth’s administration is prosecuting the fraternity.
Warthen’s a familiar face here at IvyGate: in 2010, he was charged with witness tampering for his 8th-grade-level intimidation of SAE brother Phil Aubart ‘10, who reported the house’s cocaine use to campus security. During the same incident, Andrew Lohse ’12 was also charged with witness tampering, for spitting on Aubart. That may explain why, according to Dartmouth administrator David Spalding, Lohse refused to name Warthen (or anyone else, for that matter) when he reported SAE’s hazing tactics.
So here’s what the tipster told us: In fall 2009, when Lohse was pledging SAE, Warthen—currently a first-year law student at the University of Virginia (ranked 9th in the country!)—served as the house’s “Pledge Educator,” in which position he oversaw the super-secret rituals which, as Lohse claims, involved chugging ass beers, eating vomelettes, and consuming pure vinegar. (To be fair, Lohse’s account suffered from some rank exaggeration—as others have corroborated.) Apparently Warthen wanted to whip the chapter into something resembling a more traditional, “southern” fraternity. And now he’s studying law, to be a lawyer.
And yet! According to his LinkedIn profile, Warthen was Mr. Dartmouth incarnate: he gave tours of campus and served as an ambassador to Dartmouth alumni. He also interned at an executive search firm, a lobbying group, and the Virginia House of Delegates. Interestingly, his profile doesn’t mention his membership in SAE—of which he was also the Eminent Deputy Archon—an omission that seems both very pragmatic and somewhat delusional. We’re linking to Google’s cache because after we emailed Warthen at his UVA address, he immediately deleted his LinkedIn and Facebook profiles. Warthen hasn’t responded to several inquiries about his involvement in Lohse’s pledge period.