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The fact that this insane goat fable at Radford University is still under investigation flabbergasts me. You might remember this story from over a month ago about an online rumor that a fraternity (or four somehow?) murdered a baby goat. Four, yes, four fraternities were suspended by the university for an internet rumor that had no evidence behind it. The suspensions for three of those four fraternities were lifted about two weeks later, but Alpha Sigma Phi’s remained in place. On Tuesday, the university lifted Alpha Sigma Phi’s suspension, but this story appears to be far from over.
From Richmond Times-Dispatch:
On Tuesday, Alpha Sigma Phi’s national president and CEO, Gordy Heminger, said the Carmel, Indiana-based organization was “strongly considering filing a defamation suit” against the university.
Heminger said that in nearly 20 years in higher education he had “never seen a conduct process run so poorly.”
“This whole situation was incredibly stressful,” Alpha Sigma Phi chapter President Andrew Friedman wrote in a media release. “To be falsely accused by the University; to spend most of December, when we should have been preparing for exams, meeting with the University. This has been a huge distraction and disruption for every student in Alpha Sigma Phi and we are glad to finally be cleared.”
Heminger said he hopes that university officials will apologize to fraternity members.
I’m not sure which one is more painful for a university: Paying out millions of dollars to a fraternity or having to issue a formal, in-person apology to a fraternity. My guess is in-person apology. I suspect being the university official to deliver it would rather walk off a cliff that drops off into a pile of poison ivy, snakes, and Nickelback.
Seriously, the university acted completely insane here. Four fraternities suspended over an infamous internet rumor that had absolutely NO evidence.
An online petition titled “Free the Radford Frat goat,” claimed victory after it gained 500 signatures and the fraternities were placed on interim suspension. It alleges that “the goat is being raised by pledges in order for them to then kill it as initiation into the fraternity.”
The petitioner offered no evidence for that claim.
Oh yeah, did I mention there was no evidence to back up any of this?
If we’re gonna play that game, then those douchebags in that rival fraternity broke my arms and legs last night and gave me a black eye. Suspend them all, Radford! Me? Oh. Um, I healed quickly. Intramural football game later tonight; can’t miss it. Playing through the pain.
While the investigation (somehow) continues, the location of the goat remains a mystery.
I don’t know, but it sounds to me like he’s doing alright..
[via Richmond Times-Dispatch]
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