Yale fraternity under investigation after student allegations

Allison Rossi, Staff Writer

Fraternities and sororities have been around for ages. The first fraternity was the Phi Beta Kappa Society. Phi Beta Kappa was founded on December 5, 1775 at the College of William and Mary in Williamsburg Virginia. A majority of colleges have “Greek life” on their campuses.

In the past couple of years many fraternities and sororities have gotten in trouble for hazing. Hazing is defined as “the imposition of strenuous, often humiliating, tasks as part of a program of rigorous physical training and initiation” or “humiliating and sometimes dangerous initiation rituals, especially as imposed on college students seeking membership to a fraternity or sorority.”

The website stophazing.org explained that 47 percent of students are hazed before they enter college. Three in five college students are subject to hazing. They continued, “Alcohol consumption, humiliation, isolation, sleep deprivation and sex acts are hazing practices common across student groups.” Along with hazing, there are other issues that some fraternities and sororities must tackle.

Over Halloween weekend at Yale — yes, the Ivy League Yale — students were accused of having an “all white party.” According to Fox 5 News, a Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity brother turned away several female students from a party, stating they were “only letting in white girls.”

This accusation spread like wild fire across the nation.

The person that reported this racist Halloween party was a girl named Neema Githere, who is a sophomore at Yale. Githere posted a status on Facebook.

The status is as follows: “I’d just like to take a moment to give a shout out to the member of Yale’s SAE chapter who turned away a group of girls from their party last night, explaining that admittance was on a ‘White Girls Only’ basis; and a belated shout out to the SAE member who turned me and my friends away for the same reason last year. God Bless the USA.” Apparently, Githere was one of those girls that got rejected from the same party the previous year.

Neema Githere was not the only one that accused Sigma Alpha Epsilon of throwing this racist party. According to The Daily Beast, another individual spoke up.

Sofia Petrou-Gouin, a Columbian student who was visiting Yale that weekend, told the The Washington Post on Monday that she saw ‘a group of girls… who were predominantly black and Hispanic’ be turned away by an SAE brother. “He held his hand up to their faces and said, ‘No, we’re only looking for white girls,’” Petrou-Gouin said.

Another individual spoke up to The Washington Post as well.  An anonymous Yale freshman told The Washington Post he was turned away from the party.

The boy explained: “They said, ‘Who the (expletive) do you think you are- you’re clearly gay.” The boy also heard people say “white girls only.”

So what is being done about this accusation?

Fox 5 News explained that the fraternity has been banned from Yale’s campus activities until 2016 because of a previous incident of sexual misconduct.

The national Sigma Alpha Epsilon organization says it is investigating the allegations, as is the university as a whole.