Though I've lived in college town
s where the fraternities and sororities worked extremely well and behaved in fairly non-stereotypical
ways, I've also been able to compile some funny
stories about at least one Evil Frat... Pull up a chair, young 'uns, whilst I spins y'all a yarn...
A few years ago, I attended college
at the University of North Texas
. It's a decent school, but the fraternity
system is fairly out-of-control -- they have way too many Greek
organizations under probation
because they can't seem to stop hazing
pledges (including a sorority that got busted three years in a row 'cause they thought it was their sacred duty
to get freshman girls drunk
). But the goofiest frat was the Kappa Alpha
They were, basically, a bunch of rich white high school boys
who'd made it to college without any real brain power
. They were racist
s and bullies
and they thought they owned the campus. More than once, they singled out some lone student somewhere for harrassment
of one sort or another, only to discover that they were related to the university chancelor, or were married to a cop, or weren't at all shy about filing official complaint
s, or weren't actually alone, what with their half-dozen lead-pipe-totin' buddies
walking up behind them...
So here's the funny stories: First, two friends of mine -- Swampy and Elliotte -- cornered a couple of Kappas in public and asked 'em why the frat was so prejudice
d. The immediate response: "We're not prejudiced! We've got a Mexican!
" Swampy and Elliotte went rolling on the floor laughing at 'em, and for the rest of the year, they'd holler "We're not prejudiced! We've got a Mexican!
" anytime there was a lull in a conversation.
Not long afterwards, we found one of the Kappa Alpha pledge book
s that someone had lost. This pledge book was mainly a way for the pledge
s to get to know each other -- they had to list their name, major, hometown, favorite movie, favorite food, etc. -- just like a junior high slam book
. Anyway, under "Pet Peeves
", every single pledge but one wrote "Nigger
s". The lone dissenter
", no doubt disqualifying himself from Kappa Alpha membership.
And finally, around January 2001, a bunch of Kappas confronted some prospective students who happened to be black
-- in broad daylight
, in public, with numerous witnesses, and even wearing their official frat T-shirts -- and shouted racial epithet
s, waved Confederate flag
s, and generally behaved like a junior chapter of the Klan
. If they thought this would be overlooked, they were magnificently mistaken. The university hit the fraternity with a five-year probation, the student body
gleefully jeered them off campus, and even the national Kappa Alpha organization told the morons to get bent.
Every once in a while, it's nice to see the Bad Guys