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As is sexism, homophobia...

The students at the University of Chicago apparently think so. They tormented a mail carrier with boxes addressed:

faggot nigger
Written backwards. Isn't that hilarious. Make the postal carrier carry nearly eighty boxes with a disparaging term on them is the height of hilarity at the University of Chicago.

“About a week after Memorial Day, I had an order to bring 79 of the boxes. I came to the address and explained to the frat member that I would have a lot more supplies. I went back to the truck for the boxes about six or seven times,” Becton said.

“After the last trip, one of the frat guys came out and said it was a practical joke. Another guy said that I should read the name backwards and I’ll get the joke.”

The items — all 79 of them — were addressed to “Reggin Toggaf.” Written backward, the first name is a racial slur. The last name is a slur for gay men.

I'm sure there are innumerable qualified students in Chicago's ghettos that would not waste their education on tormenting the working class.
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  •  Straight to the heart of the matter (7+ / 0-)

    "I'm sure there are innumerable qualified students in Chicago's ghettos that would not waste their education on tormenting the working class."

    Not everybody young is stupid.

    Freedom isn't free. Patriots pay taxes.

    by Dogs are fuzzy on Sat Jun 15, 2013 at 10:47:01 AM PDT

  •  Hmm... (5+ / 0-)

    I am outraged about the incident but I am curious about this statement.

    I'm sure there are innumerable qualified students in Chicago's ghettos that would not waste their education on tormenting the working class.
    Why would the qualified student have to come from "the ghetto"?

    There's something about an American soldier you can't explain. They're so grateful for anything, even a film actress coming to see them. ---Marlene Dietrich

    by mjbleo on Sat Jun 15, 2013 at 10:48:55 AM PDT

  •  I will be interested to see the consequences (3+ / 0-)
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    when they identify which young men did this.  I'm pretty sure that neither the University nor Phi Delta Theta want to be associated with this kind of thing.  Once the investigation is complete, I would expect the University to take some action with respect to the specific young men involved, and Phi Delta Theta to take some action with respect to the chapter.  

    Please post any follow up you find, after the investigation identifies the young men involved.  

    Young men who "go off to college" often act in stupid and idiotic ways, especially when alcohol is involved.  That does not, however, mean that they should not suffer consequences for these kinds of actions.  

    And, frankly, I think this is misplaced:

    I'm sure there are innumerable qualified students in Chicago's ghettos that would not waste their education on tormenting the working class.
    I don't think it's safe to assume that the young men who did this came from any particular socio-economic background, or that young men of particular socio-economic backgrounds are somehow free of bad behavior.  The only thing University of Chicago students universally have in common is that they are typically very smart, but 70% of them are on financial aid, with 60% of that being grants, which are generally only available to lower incomes, which means that there are likely students from various financial backgrounds there.    We don't know where these particular young men fall on the spectrum, at least not yet.  
  •  Phi Delta Theta and the other fraternity (7+ / 0-)

    involved should have privileges revoked for this.

    "I was a big supporter of waterboarding" - Dick Cheney 2/14/10

    by Bob Love on Sat Jun 15, 2013 at 11:05:10 AM PDT

  •  a sincere question (4+ / 0-)

    can someone who has participated in a college fraternity please inform me of the positive benefits they experienced in belonging to one, and how it enhanced their lives then and now?

    'A civilization flourishes when people plant trees under whose shade they will never sit' Greek Proverb

    by janis b on Sat Jun 15, 2013 at 12:08:34 PM PDT

    •  I can only speak as someone who (4+ / 0-)

      used to crash frat parties... Lots of free beer and weed...

      And, of course, the hilarious stupid...

      Most truths are so naked that people feel sorry for them and cover them up, at least a little bit. --Edward R. Murrow

      by chuckvw on Sat Jun 15, 2013 at 12:19:46 PM PDT

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      •  i guess (3+ / 0-)
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        that could be life enhancing?

        'A civilization flourishes when people plant trees under whose shade they will never sit' Greek Proverb

        by janis b on Sat Jun 15, 2013 at 12:22:59 PM PDT

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      •  As a woman, I obviously have not (3+ / 0-)
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        but I have known men who have been in fraternities, and benefited from the experience.  They have built lifelong friendships (similar to the bonding that goes on when young men are on an athletic team), it gives them a "home" during college, and often fraternities do worthwhile things -- most national fraternities have charities, and the local chapters hold charitable and community events.  They also form a large part of the social life of some universities -- supporting university events, acting as ambassadors for high school students who visit, that kind of thing.  Many students who run for student government are part of fraternities and sororities, because those groups help support their candidacy.

        And I know that recently, the national organizations have been less and less tolerant of extreme misbehavior among their chapters, because that implicates liability on the part of the national fraternity.

        That said, there clearly are some fraternity groups that are largely a group of boys who refuse to grow up, and want to continue adolescent behavior with the added factor of lots of alcohol.  Some go to a college looking for that under the mistaken impression that such behavior is "college life."  If you are looking for universities and fraternities that exhibit stereotypical bad fraternity behavior, you can find it.  

        I think your experience largely depends on the University and the fraternity.  

        •  Not really an experience (2+ / 0-)
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          so much as a place an impecunious student could find a free drink or two before proceeding to the rest of the evening.

          Traditional frat rows at any university are pretty boisterous on a Saturday night. At least they were 40 years ago.

          Most truths are so naked that people feel sorry for them and cover them up, at least a little bit. --Edward R. Murrow

          by chuckvw on Sat Jun 15, 2013 at 12:44:58 PM PDT

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          •  National organizations have really (4+ / 0-)
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            cracked down in the last 40 years.  One big factor has been that, 40 years ago, the drinking age in many states was 18, whereas now it's 21.  As a practical matter, that means that if a fraternity now has alcohol at a fraternity-sanctioned party, and something really bad happens, there's the possibility that the national organization could be held liable.  

            I know some instances where local chapters have been suspended, either by the national organization or by the university with the support of the national organization.  Last year, for example, SAE, one of the big name fraternities on the campus of LSU (a huge "party school") was suspended for their hazing activities.

            Again, I don't want to give the impression that there aren't problems, because there clearly are.  It's just that the threat of liability, to both the national fraternity and the university, have led to less tolerance on some campuses than there used to be.  

        •  thank you (1+ / 0-)
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          for your well considered response. i can imagine that the 'home' experience is quite comforting in some way. i'm glad to hear that they sponsor charities and have become more responsive to their public image.

          'A civilization flourishes when people plant trees under whose shade they will never sit' Greek Proverb

          by janis b on Sat Jun 15, 2013 at 12:52:30 PM PDT

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          •  It's wrong to paint all frats with one brush (2+ / 0-)
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            just as it's wrong to generalize as to any group.  Certainly, there are "good" groups and "bad" groups.  A lot has to do with the oversight of the University and the National Organizations.   In some universities, frats are drunken do-nothings.  In some universities, the fraternities and sororities are the source of much of the campus leadership.  

            "Greek life" is something that many students ask about when they are looking at a college these days.  It varies significantly from university to university.  

            •  i agree with you (1+ / 0-)
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              that it is unfair to generalize. it doesn't include those that are also representative. i'm glad to have heard your perspective.

              'A civilization flourishes when people plant trees under whose shade they will never sit' Greek Proverb

              by janis b on Sat Jun 15, 2013 at 01:06:54 PM PDT

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    •  It is the doorway to crony capitalism. (4+ / 0-)
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      In practice.

    •  it was a place to live (2+ / 0-)
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      in my experience fraternity members aren't much different from the rest of the students. Did being a member enhance my life? Not so that I've noticed.

      "Great is the guilt of an unnecessary war" - John Adams

      by esquimaux on Sat Jun 15, 2013 at 12:42:43 PM PDT

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  •  More fratboy douchebags (2+ / 0-)
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    on their way to Wall Street.

    The thing about quotes on the internet is you cannot confirm their validity. ~Abraham Lincoln

    by raboof on Sat Jun 15, 2013 at 01:07:00 PM PDT

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