The stereotype of drunk and stupid
By Michael Sluss
A sucker punch that put someone in the hospital.
An assault with a broken beer bottle that resulted in 55 stitches to the victim’s face.
Conduct that was “nothing short of staggering drunk and disruptive to new students and parents.”
Those are just three of the incidents cited in a report documenting a recent history of misconduct by members of Virginia Tech’s Sigma Phi Epsilon fraternity, which lost its national charter as a result of the violations. Reporters Tonia Moxley and Melissa Powell laid out the unsavory details in Thursday’s Roanoke Times. Their story noted that SigEp is not the only Tech fraternity or sorority chapter to be closed down for misconduct in recent years. Several have lost recognition for hazing and alcohol violations since 2008.
But the report compiled by SigEp’s Richmond office paints a portrait of a fraternity chapter that could not keep a lid on excessive and sometimes dangerous behavior, despite intervention by the organization’s headquarters and hands-on oversight by an alumni advisory council.
Sluss is a member of the Editorial Board of The Roanoke Times.