the suggestion of bestiality and other forms of humiliation were
forced upon FarmHouse fraternity members as acts of hazing.
information released Friday by the University’s Student
Activities Office, fraternity members forced students into sleep
deprivation, beat them with a strap and took them to livestock
pens where students believed they were to have sex with animals.
The students were taken
to livestock pens and given condoms, but they were told it was a
joke before they actually entered the pens.
Members also were hung
over a balcony in their underwear while water was poured on
The Student Activities
Office memo stated some students also were expected to clean the
house with toothbrushes at any time, day or night.
In late February two
students complained to the University about the activities. The
chapter is under suspension from the University as well as the
Interfraternity Council until spring 2007.
The University is
investigating 15 students.
coordinating with the University, and we’re moving forward,”
said FarmHouse International Executive Director Jim Griffith.
“We have a lot of work to do, and it’s time to move forward
with the guidance of the chapter.”
Griffith said it was
his goal to see hazing removed forever from college campuses. He
also said he hopes students become educated about hazing and
what should be done about it.
“I think there is a
value in trying to see this from an educational standpoint,”
President Alex Vu said he was “shocked” at the severity of
“That is really
unacceptable,” Vu said. “People have heard of different
measures of hazing, but that is the most extreme.
“At first we thought
the punishment was extreme, but we didn’t know what they
did,” Vu said of the at least yearlong suspension at the very
least from the University. “Now it’s pretty appropriate.”
president Jeff Schmitz did not return a phone call for comment.
University personnel also could not be reached for comment.
Delta Kappa Epsilon
President Matt Mountain said he wouldn’t comment on the
“It’s none of my
business,” he said.
members said they were instructed by their organizations to not
comment on the issue.
Although some people
said there were stunned by the acts, not everyone expressed
“I’m not really
surprised,” said journalism senior Kimberly Schneider. “You
hear about things like this going on at other schools.”
junior Brandon Schendel said he hasn’t been paying attention
to the issue, but also said he didn’t have any strong
surprising, but I didn’t really have very high expectations of
anyone,” he said.