A Major Fraternity Bans Pledging

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Sigma Alpha Epsilon

Saying that "the days of second-class citizens are over" and comparing fraternity pledging to Apartheid, the governing body for Sigma Alpha Epsilon has announced that it will ban pledging in its on-campus chapters. Brandon Weghorst, spokespoerson for Sigma Alpha Epsilon, discusses the proposed changes. Then Bloomberg News's David Glovin, who authored an investigation last year that called SAE the "deadliest US frat," explains whether the changes will have an affect on Greek life in general.


Brandon Weghorst

Comments [15]

John Quinn from New York

I "Associated" into Lambda Chi Alpha back in 1978. Pledging and hazing had already been outlawed a few yeas before that.
This is just a slow learning curve for other fraternities

Mar. 11 2014 12:00 PM
gene from NYC

Just last week, Stephen Colbert revealed he was SAE(!)

At UCSB, SAE was the top fraternity: smart, athletic, responsible, social, service oriented, strong handsome guys engaged in campus politics and life. It was very highly respected. I was shocked to hear how bad their hazings were.

"Animal House" was the Tri-Delts. How this collection of hard-partying Blutos ever got through college was a total mystery to me.

Mar. 11 2014 11:57 AM
Ron from Manhattan

Comparing pledging to Apartheid is comparing apples to oranges, and probably more like comparing walnuts to oranges! Pledging has obviously gotten out of hand and is not conducted in a responsible manner. Pledging is supposed bring men together, closer, like brothers. Leadership of Fraternities should guide their pledging to those activities that don't involve drinking.

Mar. 11 2014 11:25 AM
Cynthia from work- East Harlem

BRAVO YIANNI!!!!!!!! And when the refer to "Greek Life" I can't tell you how many people think this is part of my heritage - at this point in the frat life its insulting.


Mar. 11 2014 11:22 AM
Another mother from Westchester

The good thing, caller Christine, is that your son tells you how great his fraternity is, and you believe him. But wishing it doesn't make it so. As someone else wrote below, Animal House was based on something. The largest part of fraternity life involves partying. Future leaders. Bush was one.

Mar. 11 2014 11:21 AM
genejoke from Brooklyn

No more hell week? Dude?? Come on, bro!

Mar. 11 2014 11:17 AM
Dennis from NYC

Animal House would never have been written or produced

Mar. 11 2014 11:13 AM
PJ from BK

Interesting to hear BL reference the comparisons of these organizations to apartheid I have heard him hang up on callers who mention apartheid in relation to Israel and then offer his counter opinion. Its an unsurprising double standard this man is displaying.

Mar. 11 2014 11:13 AM
foodaggro from Brooklyn

Brian, stop calling it a "frat" - do you call your country a C&^t?
They seriously do say that!

Mar. 11 2014 11:13 AM
The Truth from Free Spirit

The whole Greek thing is immature anyways..insecure people who need other people and their approval.

Mar. 11 2014 11:10 AM
Brian Ricker from Manhattan

Pledging is a vital part of the greek experience. It builds an appreciation for service to the fraternity and creates a universal bond amongst it's memebers. Don't confuse pledging and hazing. Hazing is not an essential to the experience, but pledging is at the core of brotherhood.

Also, please don't callit a "frat", it hurts my ears.

Delta Sigma Phi '94

Mar. 11 2014 11:09 AM
KZ from New Jersey

I don't think this guy knows what the word "unfortunate" means.

Mar. 11 2014 11:08 AM
foodaggro from Brooklyn

Comparing pledging to apartheid is reaching quite a bit. Nice try, brah.

If you want to join a frat or any kind of club, there are sometimes unusual requirements. So now everyone can join without going through the whole idiotic process? Hard to believe.

Mar. 11 2014 11:06 AM
An observer from Westchester

Of course, they do not address the exclusivity of the whole system, a system that creates a caste system in many colleges. Glad they are addressing the physical violence and mental abuse, but they are not addressing the degree to which they make their classmates feel like outsiders. Innies and outies. And how do you get to be a brother? By being cool, fitting in. Whom do you reject? The losers?

Mar. 11 2014 11:05 AM
foodaggro from Brooklyn

Brian's down with the "bros" now. SAE should send him one of those white baseball caps that all those d-bags wear.

Mar. 11 2014 11:00 AM

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