Prestigious Yale fraternity caught on tape forcing pledges to make sexually offensive chants

October 20th, 2010 by Staff

Source: NY Daily News — Yale fraternity Delta Kappa Epsilon boasts “the Maintenance of Gentlemanly Dignity” as one of its founding objectives, but members kissed that reputation goodbye last week when they were caught parading through campus chanting sexually offensive slogans.

In what has quickly become a YouTube sensation, a group of students pledging the fraternity were caught on tape on Oct. 13 shouting phrases like “no means yes, yes means anal.”

Marching in the dark in a single-file line, the pledges also shouted offensive chants like “my name is Jack, I’m a necrophiliac, I f— dead women.”

The Yale Women’s Center quickly condemned the behavior, calling it “hate speech” and “an active call for sexual violence” in an email to the Yale Daily News.

DKE apologized on Friday in a forum put together by university officials.

“It was a serious lapse in judgement by the fraternity and in very poor taste, ” DKE President Jordan Forney admitted to the Yale Daily News, calling the chants, “inappropriate, disrespectful, and very hurtful to others.”

One of Yale’s most prestigious fraternities, DKE boasts high profile alumni including Presidents George W. Bush and George H.W. Bush, as well as Dan Quayle and actor Billy Crudup, according to its website.

“The sentiments expressed during the new member activity are deeply offensive, and do not adhere to the standards of morals and behavior that we expect of all DKE members,” the fraternity’s Board of Directors wrote in a statement posted to the DKE website. “DKE has instructed the Yale Chapter to discontinue all new member activities until further notice.”

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