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The Last Straw: DKE Sponsors Hate Speech on Yale’s Old Campus

Photo: dkeclubny.com

Yale is not new to fraternities acting in despicable, misogynistic ways.  The Women’s Center has tried to deal with horrible forms of chauvinistic actions conducted under the guise of fraternity rush processes.  Yale’s female freshmen are not new to the feeling of being unsafe– as last year’s “Pre-Season Scouting Report” demonstrates.  And yet again, as of last night, Yale’s campus was privy to a deeply problematic display of male assertion and power.  Beginning around 9:30 pm, members of the DKE fraternity marched with their pledges around Yale’s Old Campus (the home of almost all of Yale’s freshman women) chanting slogans such as “No means yes, yes means anal” and “My name is Jack, I’m a necrophiliac, I f— dead women, and fill them with my semen.” Although the impact of this event remains to be seen, we must consider how deeply disturbed this action is.

The words: “No means yes, yes means anal.”

If “[n]o means yes,” there is no such thing as rape.  Women lose their agency in sexual acts and encounters, and moreover in personhood.  Women’s words mean nothing.  Instead, women exist as sex objects, to be used under any circumstances.  ”No means yes, yes means anal” not only denies the fact of rape, but also mitigates the experience of any person who has been the victim of such an act.  Even if the woman is a willing participant in a sex act (from kissing to intercourse), the boundaries are not hers to define. This situation is what the chant “No means yes, yes means anal” invites.

The symbol of the action: A mob of men inciting violence and intimidating women, in a place where almost all freshmen women have their residences.

What is the significance of a moving gang of men, chanting in deep, throaty, voices for sexual assault– more specifically, for rape?  Historically, there are many precedents for this action.  A gang of men chanting anything is an assertion of a masculine presence.  A masculine presence declaring the invasion of female agency perpetuates an already despicable set of behaviors present in the Yale community.  To perform this action where the youngest women in the Yale community live, in their first full month of school, in the location where they are supposed to study and live, is fear-mongering.

The action itself: An organization calling for young men to participate in such an action, in order to be included in said organization.

This act was committed under the aegis of the “rush” process, in which new pledges must perform a series of tasks in order to join the fraternity. In order to join the fraternity, these students, called pledges, do various tasks to prove a sense of loyalty to the organization. The fraternity, in return, provides a sense of community and social privilege. A fraternity is supposed to uphold the ideals of brotherhood and good citizenship. The Yale chapter of Delta Kappa Epsilon required its rushes– young, impressionable men– to incite violence through verbal assault directed at equally young women, or else risk not being able to join the organization.  To pressure young men to choose to either make such a drastic action, or not be part of an organization (an organization dedicated to brotherhood and community, no less), is horrendous.

Broad Recognition urges you to write your residential college deans and Dean Mary Miller, and demand that real administrative action be taken against DKE and those who hold positions of power in that organization.  Their rush chairs and president should have guided these pledges to become upstanding members of the Yale and New Haven community.  While all participants should be held in contempt, it is the rush chairs and president of DKE who are responsible, and must be disciplined.  Please join us in asking that, this time around, Yale take action on behalf of its female students.  Yale’s women have endured enough in this vein– it must cease now.

Note:  The Women’s Center is holding a forum on Friday, Oct. 15, in LC 102 at 1pm, to discuss this event with Dean Mary Miller and Dean of Student Affairs Marichal Gentry, and with members of DKE.

Hannah Zeavin is a junior in Yale College. She is Managing Editor for Broad Recognition.

Comments (50)

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  • I am from the University of Nevada and I am absolutely appalled at DKE’s actions. Fortunately, we have never had Frats engage in anything remotely close to this (well that I know of). Thank you for taking action and giving this story national attention. I believe DKE should face severe administrative action. What they did isn’t just disgusting but can also set a precedent for other Frats to believe this is “funny” and “cool.”

    posted by Rys      October 15th, 2010 at 3:38 pm

  • Dean Mary E Miller – mary.miller@yale.edu, 432-2900, 432-2686, Yale College|PO BOX 208241|New Haven, CT 06520-8241
    Doug Lanpher, DKE Executive Director – (847) 899-0528, dke@dkehq.org

    posted by Smihc      October 15th, 2010 at 4:35 pm

  • I don’t think that the actions of this fraternity are defensible. Quite the opposite actually. And it is for that reason that the following sentence makes me uncomfortable: “A gang of men chant­ing any­thing is an asser­tion of a mas­cu­line pres­ence.”

    It makes me fear that as a man, I am seen as a part of any act perpetrated by a group of men. It makes wonder if I wish to spread a message of any kind, my words will mean less if I don’t have a woman with me.

    It makes me wonder whether if I met Hannah Zeavin for the first time, she would think less of me because I am male.

    posted by NJ      October 15th, 2010 at 5:28 pm

  • Dear NJ,

    In society men are never considered as inferior to women. To insinuate that my article equates an entire gender with these DKE pledges does me and my article a great disservice. Furthermore, to take that away as the main point of this article is to misread the situation completely. Large roving groups of men chanting any political statement is a privileged action that women have only aquired access to in recent human history.

    Furthermore, my personal history with men is quite different than that of a general world history. In this way I have been quite lucky. To situate myself, I have three younger brothers, two different fathers, and willingly have lived with five boys. I am constantly surrounded by, and can love masculine presence when it is not actively engaged in inciting sexual violence.

    Best,
    Hannah Zeavin

    posted by admin      October 15th, 2010 at 9:12 pm

  • Hello Hannah,

    First, I commend you on your excellent work here!

    I am President of a women’s national org called The New Agenda. Speaking out the sexualization of young women is one of our major focuses. We’d love to have you write about this for our blog (www.thenewagenda.net). Our blog is read throughout the world. If you have interest, you can reach me us at blog@thenewagenda.net

    You go girl!

    Amy

    posted by Amy Siskind      October 15th, 2010 at 9:48 pm

  • I’m from Johns Hopkins, and this is absolutely disgusting and appalling (not to mention threatening hate speech that needs to be officially addressed by the administration with disciplinary measures). Just here to give you all my full support.

    posted by Yelena      October 16th, 2010 at 2:02 am

  • This is not a comment on your article, as you have many worthy points. My question is regarding your choice of photo. Yes, it appears to be from the DKE website. But what does George W. Bush have to do with any of this? I think a modern / more recent photo would have made more sense. It appears to be some sort of political statement but it has no place in your argument.

    posted by W      October 16th, 2010 at 3:02 am

  • [...] on Friday for misogynous chants shouted by new recruits on Wednesday evening, which sparked an outcry from Yale feminists and the Yale Women’s Center and an article in Salon. The young men, [...]

    posted by Yale Fraternity Apologizes for Pledge Chants About Rape - The Ticker - The Chronicle of Higher Education      October 16th, 2010 at 9:27 am

  • I know Hannah Zeavin personally, and I can tell you that she would absolutely not think any less of you because you are a male, unless you did something stupid like what these boys did. It is all about the words that you are using. Your words can mean a lot, just make sure that the words you are using are furthering equality of the sexes, and ending this type of violence against women.

    posted by Alec      October 16th, 2010 at 10:12 am

  • I understand that what these students were chanting was highly inappropriate, but please take a step back and understand it for what it was: a stupid fraternity prank. It’s unfair to accuse these men of condoning sexual violence when in fact none of them have ever been accused of such action. I mean, do you really think that they endorse rape? Do you think they were marching around saying that line in an effort to start a mass rape movement? Are you serious? They clearly were being hyperbolic.

    These were clearly fraternity pledges being told to say something that was highly inappropriate; it was meant to be a prank or hazing of sorts on them. It wasn’t supposed to target or punish women; it was supposed to target and embarrass these men: “oh man, we have to go around campus, saying THAT?!” To call for the expulsion of fraternity members involved in this is going too far: don’t take away everything they’ve worked toward in their life up to this point just because of some stupid fraternity hazing line. Take it for what it is: a bunch of meatheads being stupid. It’s no more, no less. Just be happy you’re intellectual enough to see that it’s actually not that funny. But don’t be politically correct enough that you’re actually offended by it.

    Oh, and I like that you included a picture of George Bush. Not that he has absolutely nothing to do with this event. Gee, I wonder where your politics leanings lie??

    posted by Inappropriate yes, violent no      October 16th, 2010 at 10:43 am

  • While I am sure that the leaders of DKE would never intentionally condone the act of rape, to say that this kind of behavior cannot have tangible and violent consequences is untrue. Date rape and sexual assault are an unfortunately regular occurrence on college campuses across America, and the subconscious effects of a phrase like “yes means no, no means anal” can have serious results even when it is uttered in jest. I am personally acquainted with three different women who were raped or sexually assaulted while they were students attending Yale University, and to my knowledge at least two of their assailants were men enrolled at the college. None of the incidents were reported, although two of them were violent and one of them involved a girl so blackout drunk that she was semi-unconscious while the act occurred. Perhaps the scariest part is that the student who had sex with the unconscious girl does not even register what he did as rape or assault and seems confused as to why his victim has ended their friendship. While I hope that you are right, and that the men involved in this incident do not allow themselves to be indoctrinated by a community that sends ambiguous messages about the nature of sexual consent, I fear for the women of Yale if they do. I do not even attend Yale, I do not live in New Haven or close to it, and if even I am privy to three different stories of sexual violence at the college then I cannot imagine how many more are out there.

    posted by c      October 16th, 2010 at 12:53 pm

  • These guys should be expelled, period.

    All of Yale’s faculty — men and women — should protest this and refuse to teach any student involved. Get rid of them.

    Female students including their parents should sue the university if this mass call for mass rape is not punished to the zenith.

    posted by Martina is the One      October 16th, 2010 at 1:08 pm

  • The wheels of administrative justice at Yale turn slowly, if ever. So do something about it. Publish their names.

    posted by AL      October 16th, 2010 at 1:13 pm

  • Regarding the less than stellar behavior by the Yale University fraternity, Delta Kappa Epsilon (DKE), Ms. Hannah Zeavin, of the woman’s campus publication Broad Recognition, characterizes, the juvenile chant by DKE members as hate speech, thus making it illegal, as Yale University, is a corporation. To my knowledge, there are none and should not be any laws prohibiting speech of any kind as defined in “U.S. Constitution.” There are no rights from people being offended, no matter how despicable or hateful the speech.

    By the way, hypothetically, if the iPods of all female Yale students were downloaded for content, would there be any music (e.g., hard work, hip-hop, etc.) which would perhaps include messages along the line of what DKE spewed? If so, it would be interesting to understand why?

    posted by EAL      October 16th, 2010 at 2:12 pm

  • Hannah and Broad Recognition, thank you for writing this excellent article about an horrendous act by DKE pledges and that fraternity’s leadership. I wonder if a new board game would be useful, that when a group of young men commit such violence against women, they get a card: “Go back to kindergarden”. Maybe another 13 years in social training would alter their behavior, how they treat other people and deepen their understanding of their male previlege.

    And especially to W. I thought the use of the old photo of DKE is highly appropriate. It reminds all of us that a very large number of people within the government in the US get their “training” at Yale.: Numerous presidents; many within the CIA; Supreme Court justices; etc

    posted by Gazelle      October 16th, 2010 at 2:12 pm

  • I don’t think expulsion is the answer. What these young men (the freshen) need is awareness training and mentorships with Junior and Senior students (males). They need to know it’s okay for them to say no when another male suggests activities like this, or talks that that…or worse. Rape IS a big enough problem that universities and colleges need to address it thoroughly with freshmen as part of the curriculum. When one out of four college girls is sexually assaulted, we need to change the culture. We can’t let this happen to our young women and we can let this happen to our young men. When men encourage each other to do these things, they loose their own power to the group. They are empowered with a different lesson and model of masculinity when they embrace their individual conscience and their power to heal rather than harm.

    As painful as this moment must have been on campus, it can be used as an opportunity. Hannah, let everyone know about it. Write as much as you can and encourage conversation. This behavior won’t change and the statistics will not change until the Universities and Colleges we trust with our children recognize this culture of rape and move to correct it.

    posted by Rose      October 16th, 2010 at 3:33 pm

  • In response to Gazelle saying that it is appropriate to include W in this article, I think you make it pretty clear that you did not in fact attend Yale. The fact of the matter is that Yale is probably one of the most progressive campuses in the entire country and I’m sure that just about 100% of the campus finds DKE’s chant morally reprehensible. For you to generalize the behavior of a few meathead frat boys as emblematic of an entire academic institution is presumptuous, ill-informed, and disrespectful. It’s not part of the “training” at Yale University to learn how to be misogynistic; it’s just how an isolated group of immature, brutish boys behaved one night. Bush has nothing to do with this incident whatsoever nor did any other Yale alumnus/a’s training include anything of the sort.

    At the end of the day, I think Ms. Zeavin included his photo in her article for 2 reasons: (1) an opportunity to take a shot at a high-profile Republican (no matter how remote his role is to the situation) and (2) probably more importantly, to broaden her audience in an attempt to garner national recognition for her article. She thus effectively throws W under the bus for something that he has no role in and exposes him to undue criticism from people like you Gazelle, who undoubtedly will knee-jerkedly use this as an opportunity to bash W and the elite academic institution that he attended.

    posted by Inappropriate yes, violent no      October 16th, 2010 at 4:07 pm

  • To EAL, you’re conflating a few things in your statements. To say that hate speech is illegal is has nothing to do with Yale’s public/private status, hate speech INCITES violence, which is an offense you can be picked up off the street for. Another example of a law prohibiting certain speech is one where you may not yell “fire!” falsely in for instance a movie theater due to the panic and injuries that may ensue.

    And your iPod comment has no bearing as well. If you listed to a song from a shoot-em-up movie soudtrack and it plotted deaths of police and politicians, that doesn’t mean you believe that stuff or that you would endorse your neighbor actually doing those things.

    At the very least I’d say DKE should have its chapter removed from Yale–since they most likely broke Yale’s community standards (hence they should be excluded from the community).

    posted by Matt      October 16th, 2010 at 5:10 pm

  • Why did ‘politically correct’ become such a stigmatized term in our society? God forbid we go so far as to try and right the wrongs inflicted upon a group of historically marginalized people. Luckily we have a healthy sense of humor, and can “take a step back.” To imply that these events can be dismissed as “a stupid fraternity prank” only shows how culturally embedded sexism has become. To excuse their words, which yes, WERE violent, as “hyperbolic” denies the history of sexualized violence against women and only betrays your privilege, as not everyone can take this so-called step back. The problem is not whether or not they were trying to “start a mass rape movement.” The problem is that for centuries this oppression has been allowed to perpetuate because it becomes normalized, and your position is only an indication of this normalization.

    posted by furious      October 16th, 2010 at 7:16 pm

  • So, you read about an entirety fraternity rush class, and the comment you decide to leave is a thinly veiled variation on Why does this feminist hate men?

    Hannah Zeavin won’t think less of you for being a dude, but most women will think less of you for being that guy.

    posted by Adrienne      October 16th, 2010 at 8:47 pm

  • I am damn well offended. Because rape is nothing to joke about WHEN IN A GANG, SHOUTING, RIGHT OUTSIDE THE FEMALE DORMITORY.

    Can I go into a maternity ward and start telling dead baby jokes? Of course not. And the mothers would have every right to be offended if I did.

    posted by Adrenalectomized Mutant      October 17th, 2010 at 11:22 am

  • I believe this incident is definitely falls under the purview of Connecticut’s Hate and Bias Laws and that it should be prosecuted as such. See: http://www.cga.ct.gov/2008/rpt/2008-R-0276.htm

    To Yale women who were targeted and threatened by this incident, here are some places for you to call:
    For help and referrals, call the Connecticut Women’s Education and Legal Fund (CWEALF) Hate Crimes Project which both records hate incidents and advocates for victims as well. They can be contacted at (860) 247-6090 or Toll-Free (800) 479-2949.

    Women of Yale, we support you wholeheartedly in your endeavors for equality on campus and beyond. As this act has broad reaching implications, be aware that there are others of us outside of the Yale community who feel impacted by these events as well. We will be doing our utmost to fight against Yale’s DKE charter and administration’s complicit participation in advocating sexual violence against women.

    posted by Woobie Tuesday      October 18th, 2010 at 12:29 am

  • Hannah,
    There is a community of alumnae very interested to hear how it’s going since last week….for the Women’s Center perspsective on the forum, etc. Can you give us an update?
    We are supporting you!
    Tara

    posted by tara      October 18th, 2010 at 10:57 am

  • Tara–can I have your email address?

    posted by admin      October 18th, 2010 at 3:24 pm

  • I’m a Yale College alumna, and I can tell you that this certainly shouldn’t be considered ‘just a prank.’ How far does that go? Young men are still impressionable, especially when it comes to trying to ‘belong’ in college. Sexual violence is often condoned in hazing. The bottom line is that we still live in a world where survivors of rape and victims of sexual assault often don’t report incidents because of these attitudes. Yale is still a boys’ club where guys complain about there being ‘no beautiful women’ because some ladies don’t get done up for class, and because they know that these women are as smart or even smarter than they are, and that scares them.

    posted by Really?!?      October 18th, 2010 at 10:42 pm

  • Really?!?!?

    posted by Really?!?      October 18th, 2010 at 10:46 pm

  • From the article ‘The Men, and Women, of Yale’:

    “For the historically minded, DKE was mentioned in The New York Times in 1967 in a scandal over branding their pledges with red-hot coat hangers. The Yale Daily News called the practice “sadistic and obscene.” The chapter president defended it as akin to a cigarette burn. His name, incidentally, was George W. Bush. That was the first time Bush was mentioned in that newspaper.” (the full article is available at http://msmagazine.com/blog/blog/2010/10/17/the-men-and-women-of-yale/)

    In that light, the picture of W seems actually highly appropriate.

    posted by Really?!?      October 18th, 2010 at 10:58 pm

  • In an environment where it seems that these chants are accepted enough to, by your opinion, not receive punishment is it any wonder these men (and more on campus not within the confines of the Greek system) have not been charged or accused of sexual violence?
    I do not think you are in any way less intelligent, only that you are quite ignorant to the plight women face daily even today in the home, workforce, and school environments. There are blurred lines of what is acceptable speech and behavior toward females just as there are blurred lines for race or even class. The world is not as clear cut and equal as we would like to believe it. The fact you are able to sincerely ask if DKE was trying to start a mass rape movement shows you yourself harbor some concept that aggression against women (and yes this is verbal aggression) is something that may be noted and then passed over. Repercussions must be made for those that feel this is even remotely acceptable behavior for ANY person to participate in or condone. It is attitudes and beliefs that lead to behavior and acts. Not recognizing this behavior only promotes and ensures that these types of actions will occur again and again and again…

    posted by Hmm...      October 19th, 2010 at 5:44 pm

  • Punishment of DKE participants is not the main issue here. Certainly the upperclassmen who scripted the event bear principle responsibility–as opposed to those who were made to participate in the act itself. However, the main goal must be to end this cycle of misogynistic mentorship in which lower classmen are school in the discourse of denigration and then, after they more fully internalize these attitudes, pass them on to a new crop of students. That means ending the cycle of pledging and perhaps ending DKE at Yale. A number of universities have –long ago–gotten rid of DKE for a wide range of appalling actions. Yale might be wise to follow in their footsteps. The college system was meant to replace the fraternities. This is one obvious example of why that was a good idea.

    posted by Chas      October 19th, 2010 at 7:12 pm

  • I have been associated with multiple academic institutions, and this is not just appalling, this is UNACCEPTABLE. Here is a logical parallel:
    If members of the KKK went chanting threats through an african-american neighborhood, will this be tolerated today?
    Think about it.

    I have always respected Yale as a top institution, but will seriously think twice before sending my children to Yale after this incident, unless .the institution does something about it to show despicable incidents like this are not accepted in Yale culture.

    posted by Ananya      October 20th, 2010 at 8:59 am

  • Thank you! As a mother who was raped her first month at college, we need to stop tolerating “boys will be boys” behavior.

    posted by Concerned mother      October 20th, 2010 at 9:56 am

  • The fraternity system has been going down hill for some years all over the U.S.

    Yes, it is very disturbing that supposedly intelligent young men in one of our nation’s most prestigious institutions choose to operate in this debased and ignorant fashion.

    Perhaps the “leaders” of the fraternity and others in authority positions that cause all this to happen should be figuratively strung up. This kind of thing would not happen if it were not planned and made to happen!

    How about expelling and prosecuting the leaders?!

    posted by Dr. Bear      October 20th, 2010 at 10:05 am

  • It can sometimes be easy to forget where the members of DKE will end up in our society. It seems as if this choice of photo is not meant to make a statement out of George W. Bush, but to make the reader aware of the fact that one of these young men currently attending Yale could be our public officials in the future. They won’t always be ‘frat boys’ acting irresponsibly. They could have tremendous amounts of power in the future.

    posted by Hannah Powell      October 20th, 2010 at 2:33 pm

  • Perhaps the most negative part of this event is the Unversity’s lack of swift and transparent discipline of these students.

    The words that these men used are so commonly used, that they did not think that they were doing something extreme. If they actually believed that they would be punished, they would have chosen different words. The juniors and seniors who organized this event have been part of the Yale community for several years. Their actions reflect the acceptance of inapproriate behavior within their community.

    This reflects back to how far we have not come.

    How Yale as a community, handles this situation reflects how they treat women as well as how they view women.
    As an employee of Yale, I have been sexually harassed at work and know of many other incidents that have occurred and gone unpunished. Again, these actions reflect the attitude of this university.
    We like to think that we are a progressive school. Yet as an Ivy League university, we have far to grow.
    We need to acknowledge that this behavior does not stop when these male students graduate.
    Perhaps, this will inspire more women to stand up for themselves. Perhaps this will open the minds of some young students to see both sexes as equal. Perhaps the administration finally cannot hide the large gorilla in the corner.

    posted by nightshade      October 20th, 2010 at 4:51 pm

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  • Matt:

    Regarding your assumption that hate speech excites violence overlooks that the Supreme Court has allowed members of the Klu Klux Klan, Nazi Party and Arian Nation to parade on American streets. Please pay close attention the the case the current Supreme court has on those protesting against gays at military funerals. Deplorable, yes. However, instincts suggest the Supreme court will rule 9-0 in favor of their speech.

    By the way, I will forever respect the Hispanic gentleman who once stood on a street corner shouting at me, “Come on nigger, come all nigger.” As long as he did not physically attempt to harm me, he had that right.

    EAL

    posted by EAL      October 21st, 2010 at 12:30 pm

  • Do what the University of Wisconsin-Madison would do.

    The worthless Dean of Students and her attendant PC-lackies would host a series of fireside chat in all the dorms, where admissions would be to only those who bring a 100% organic, macrobiotic dish-to-pass. Then the DOS (a former failed towel & key dispenser for the U.) will hand-out flavored and edible lo-carb condoms and then conduct a raffle for discount coupons for pre-Spring Break ass tattoos at the local e-coli infested tattoo emporiums.

    posted by Luis      October 22nd, 2010 at 8:58 am

  • Seriously, where were the campus police when this was happening? Why were they not there to detain those involved, or at the very least break up the mob.

    I think, at a minimum, the students involved (both the participants and the organizers) need to be expelled, and the chapter of DKE dissolved. This is beyond the pale of hazing, since even hazing is typically only harmful to those being hazed. Absolutely vile.

    posted by Anonymous      October 22nd, 2010 at 2:40 pm

  • While acknowledging the behavior of Delta Kappa Episilon is juvenile. It is equally juvenile to include a picture of former President George W. Bush on the page raising this issue. There is no correlation between the incident and former President Bush. The attempts to establish a correlation is sinister on the part of those who choose to do so.

    If the issue is disrespect for women, consider the fact that the one person the former President confided in was Ms. Condeleza Rice, a Black female. Since being married, the former President has been loyal to his wife, Ms. Laura Bush. Curious if the members of this organization considered posting a picture of former President Clinton who abused his power in office with Ms. Monica Lowinski, was not loyal to now Secretary of State Hilary Clinton and embarrassed his teenage daughter, Chelse Clinton.

    In summary, your cause has merits. However, in your myopic zeal, the juvenile action of posting former President Bush’s photo discredits this effort.

    Focused and respectful feedback, is always welcome.

    EAL

    posted by EAL      October 24th, 2010 at 5:01 pm

  • After surviving Yale’s “turn a blind eye” attitude while my husband was in graduate school there, I am not all surprised to hear it’s happening again. This is not a “lapse of judgment” by young men (as Forney remarks), it is a wilfull and defiant act by men who should now be held responsible –as adults–for their hate speech. There’s no possibility of allowing frat boys to say they didn’t know better. Nobody has been hiding under their Neanderthalic rocks that long. My suggestion to Yale is to do as my alma mater, MIddlebury College, did a generation ago: abolish the greeks altogether. Yale will survive, and will be the better for it.

    posted by BG      October 31st, 2010 at 10:56 am

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