The University of Oklahoma has revealed plans to turn the former SAE house on campus into the Southwest Center for Human Relations (SWCHR) and the Disability Testing Center.
What is that? Good question. I had no idea, so I had to Google it. According to its website, the SWCHR “brings together businesses, education professionals, the media, as well as government, labor, and community-based agencies and organizations to help create equal opportunities in various areas of society.”
OU’s SAE chapter was notoriously shut down in March after a video surfaced of members engaging in a racist chant on a party bus. The following month was filled with anti-Greek media reports and violence against OU fraternity houses, as well as the expulsion of two OU SAEs and disciplinary action taken against another 25 members. OU rightfully shut the chapter down and reclaimed the SAE house in a matter of days. The school now requires freshmen to take a five-hour diversity course before completing their first year of college.
Now, the former fraternity house that was once (probably) filled to the brim with alcohol and drugs will be filled educational training programs, workshops and seminars, and disability testing. It will also hold be used as temporary office space for the College of Arts and Sciences.
“If these walls could talk,” thinks the uncomfortable, middle-aged SWCHR employee housed in his upstairs office that once belonged to dozens of drunk, horny and slightly deranged 20-year-olds, “they would probably be indicted for all different types of felonies.”
This is some solid trolling by OU’s administration. Not only did you force a fraternity out of its house in 48 hours, you then turned it into basically the complete opposite of a fraternity. An educational center full of seminars? Will attendees at least have to do bows and toes on bottle caps?
This final parting shot has to sting a little bit. Well played..
[via OU Daily]
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