Columbia Inter-Greek Council Warns Greeks Not To Let Accused Hazers ‘Forcefully Extract Information’

Following the recommendation of Columbia’s Inter-Greek Council Judicial Board, the school’s Zeta Beta Tau chapter lost its charter this week due to a hazing infraction, The Columbia Spectator reports. Although it has not been revealed what exactly ZBT did to lose recognition, their national organization will be appealing Columbia’s decision.

A tipster forwarded us an email sent Thursday night by the IGC’s Director of Public Relations and Marketing cautioning the Greek community to remain tightlipped and alert in this time of “heavy scrutiny.” Perhaps more seriously, he foresees a Columbia where the newly outlawed ZBT brothers have become modern thugs, terrorizing campus and turning Greek against fellow Greek. We imagine something like The Warriors. Or maybe Mad Max.

Our tipster sums it up pretty nicely: “Stick together, because we’re a Greek family … but watch out, because ZBT might try to forcibly extract information from you.” You know, because they haze.

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Jeremy Lin’s Secret Life as a Cello-Playing, Greek-Studying Opera Lover

About four years ago, when his name was not yet a pun, Jeremy Lin was a Harvard student who, as a classics major in Lowell House, played cello for operas like Candide and Dialogues of the Carmelites (which you can read about here) and studied Greek  poets like Alcman (ditto). Yes, really.

Also: while an undergraduate, Lin served as librarian for the Harvard Bach Society Orchestra; helped edit a Harvard professor’s book (called Indo-European Language and Society); won a fellowship from Harvard’s Center of Hellenic Studies; and was awarded the Smyth prize by Harvard’s Classics department for his thesis, which was called “Studies in Attic-Ionic Relative Chronology.”

Years before Lin’s name became the preferred tool with which to browbeat the English language into submission, Lin was preparing for graduate school in Germany:

Jeremy Lin will spend next year at the Freie Universität in Berlin, where he will be doing a project on Alcman’s dialect and (hopefully) preparing for graduate school, likely in linguistics.

In the meantime, Lin maintained his first love: the cello. Here he is playing at Lowell House, a few weeks before his graduation:

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Sigma Pi Bros Promise Fewer Near-Deaths, Are Allowed to Officially Return to Campus

Sigma Pi’s boozy rush party last Thanksgiving ended with four freshmen at Cayuga Medical Center and the revocation of the frat’s official recognition for what Cornell’s associate dean for Greek affairs called an “egregious” incident. Last Tuesday, the InterFraternity Council voted to allow Sigma Pi to return to campus on January 1st for a year-long probationary period as an associate member, on the condition of a dry rush.

In a controversial move, the decision will forgo the usual restrictions on returning frats that would exclude Sigma Pi from voting in the IFC and participating in rush week. 29 brothers remain on campus and have been pushing for their official return, but not everyone is convinced that they deserve it. After their presentation before the IFC, Sigma Alpha Mu President Ross Freilich ’09 asked, “Why is the IFC responsible for creating sanctions for their recognition?… They came in expecting to get recognition without a plan to move forward from last November’s event.”
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Cornell Anti-Hazing Web Site Great Place to Pick Up Hazing Ideas

Cornell Anti-Hazing Web Site Great Place to Pick Up Hazing Ideas“Although hazing is not unique to Cornell,” the university’s official anti-hazing web site says, “we believe that it is important to examine these practices explicitly in an attempt to overcome the secrecy that perpetuates them.” An honorable and civilized goal, we have to agree. By shining light on the practice, we can educate people and dispel myths like “Whatever doesn’t kill you makes you stronger.” We can reassure hazing victims that they’re not alone.

We can also learn some awesome new hazing ideas. Bored with that old cliche of Saran-wrapping pledges face-to-face and making them drink until they pee on each other? Try haze No. 2, “requiring new members to eat only peanut butter and jelly sandwiches for one week.” More subtle comedy is to be found in No. 16, making pledges wear multiple layers of clothing to class. OK, so “New members were struck with blunt objects, leaving bruises and scars” isn’t quite so funny. But haze No. 26, “Members sprayed water and beer on a tile basement floor and dragged naked new members around by their feet around them calling them “human squeegees”? Pure character-building.

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