We were alarmed this morning to receive a cryptic message from an Ivy League fraternity leader who told us that, “Your Chi Psi butt chug article just made it into the keynote speaker’s presentation at NGLA.” Whattup, we’re famous!
But then we got to wondering: What in the name of butt-filtered beer is the NGLA? And what were they discussing that could be pertinent to the most famous drinking trick to ever involve a mighty oak tree, a can of Keystone, two bare cheeks, and brother Richard, eagerly awaiting the trickle-down libation? Well, as it turns out, the NGLA is the Northeast Greek Leadership Association. This week the organization hosted its annual conference in Hartford, Connecticut. The keynote speaker in question was the aptly named Dr. Walter Kimbrough and his presentation was titled, “Dilemma: A history in terrible decisions on film of fraternal organizations in America.” The good doctor apparently brought up a screen grab of our original Butt-Chug article as he was discussing the subject of hazing.
Said our source:
He was talking about hazing and put up a screenshot of the article and spoke about Slope Day … It was a wild time. He didn’t stay on it too long, he was just running down a list of recent hazing things.
We find this particularly interesting, because we had been under the impression that — since the photo was taken on Slope Day, at the end of the semester — pledging had completed and hazing wasn’t an issue. Now, this could still be the case. The speaker didn’t represent Cornell and would, in all probability, have very little insight into the inner workings of frat justice there. Still, we find the juxtaposition of image and discussion fascinating. (That being said, we’re pretty sure it wasn’t hazing.)
Mostly though, we feel like the story serves as yet another reminder that it’s probably a bad idea for frat brothers to document the incriminating behavior they’re guilty of behind the scenes — or, as it were, in broad daylight. It might wind up in a Powerpoint! Of course, discretion always eventually gives way to really, really poor judgment. Which, honestly, works out all the better for us.