What a day! While our attention was fixed on the criminal justice system in Ithaca, there was frat justice going on just a few hundred miles to the east in New Haven. Yale’s sexiest student, Dean Mary Miller, just laid the smackdown on Delta Kappa Epsilon, booting the fraternity off campus for five years for being monumentally stupid and skeevy. These upstanding gentlemen of Yale became the center of much media attention last fall for statements they made (and chanted, and uploaded to YouTube) on October 13. In case you’ve purged the whole episode from your memory banks, the comments included: “No means yes, yes means anal” and “My name is Jack, I’m a necrophiliac, I fuck dead women.” Which is kind of, you know…gross.
According to the Yale Daily News, the college’s Executive Committee ultimately decided that DKE had “violated undergraduate regulations by threatening and intimidating others that night.” Because the frat was already an unregistered student organization, options for punishment were apparently somewhat limited. But the ExComm did take measures “that prevent it from recruiting new members or holding any events on campus for five years.” Furthermore, they asked that the DKE national organization suspend the Yale chapter for the same period of time.
The incident came only a couple of years after Yale’s Zeta Psi landed in hot water for similar sketchiness — specifically, a photograph in which members lovingly displayed a sign that read, “WE LOVE YALE SLUTS.” And the cumulative effect of all the frat-nastiness, past and present, was manifest in a Title IX lawsuit that currently plagues Yale. So, the university was probably thrilled to dole out a little punishment.
Miller sent out an email to the Yale community today, which you can view in its entirety after the jump. Read the rest of this entry »