Web Exclusive: IU fraternity video not a ‘collective failure’ for Greek life

By Jessica Kaiser

Recent news uncovered a video that was shot at Indiana University in the Alpha Tau Omega house that contains some inappropriate content.

“I think that the young men should be held accountable,” said Natalie Brewster, coordinator of Greek life and activities. “I think those young men were hazed. I also think that … all of those young men were sexually assaulted, as well by their brothers.

The fraternity is being held accountable by their campus and national headquarters.

Even though all forms of Greek life are being judged by this incident, Brewster said they should stick together.

“We can’t say that we have collective success whenever you think about good things that Greek students do on this campus or any campus, if we’re not also taking responsibility for the collective failure,” Brewster said.

Franklin College has a policy against hazing to keep things like that from happening on campus.

According to journalism professor Hank Nuwer, this isn’t the first scandal the fraternity has had.

“[The fraternity] had an alcohol overdose in 1992, where a young man had an amazing amount of alcohol and almost died,” Nuwer said. “Then two years ago, they kicked out 100 members of the fraternity for alcohol and hazing.”

Incidentally, Alpha Tau Omega was one of the first fraternities to outlaw hazing about 30 years ago.

Senior Corey Mills, who is a member of the Kappa Delta Rho fraternity and the interfraternity council president, said he doesn’t think an incident like this could happen at Franklin.

“We thankfully have eight strong Greek chapters that are filled with quality people that hold themselves to a higher standard,” Mills said. “I think Franklin does a good job of keeping the Greek community’s image positive.”

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Ashley Shuler is the executive editor of The Franklin. She has held various multimedia journalism and public relations internships, including positions at Indianapolis Monthly, The Children's Museum of Indianapolis and Dittoe Public Relations. When she isn't staying up late to edit stories, Ashley spends her time boutique shopping and drinking as much vanilla Coke as possible. This is Ashley's third year in a leadership role and her fourth year on The Franklin staff. She previously held positions as web editor and news editor.

1 Comment on Web Exclusive: IU fraternity video not a ‘collective failure’ for Greek life

  1. Who was hazed at IU? One brother hired two women as a birthday present for a 21-year-old brother, who seems to be enjoying himself in the video. Has any pledge complained?

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