“90 percent of Chinese applicants [to American universities] submit fake recommendations, 70 percent have other people write their essays, 50 percent have forged high school transcripts, and 10 percent list academic awards and other achievements they did not receive.”

Most of our schools have built up — call it a great wall — of denial about this. Too much money involved to mess with it.

What do you have to do to be suspended for…


Stabbing and suicide at Yale.

One student stabbed another and then jumped out of a window.

The stabbed student is recovering.


Update: The students were acquainted:

[B]oth were from Manchester, New Hampshire, and the Daily News reports that both belonged to a conservative Yale Political Union group called Party of the Right. According to [Tyler] Carlisle’s LinkedIn, his “primary interests [included] political theory and defending a coherent and cohesive justification for Conservative politics.”

Carlisle was the attacker.

Drugs? Psychotic break? Many possibilities.


9/27/2015: UPDATE: Alcohol, three-way sex, and jealousy. And, it seems, a sudden psychotic break.

The Yale Daily News coverage of the release of the police report is really two stories: The sad details of the stabbing and suicide, and the anger of some in the Yale community that its newspaper published these details.

UD has read very similar comment threads whenever a suicide – with or without violence – is covered in the press. Our human instinct seems to be homicide:public; suicide:private.

“The problem with Greek life today is not Greek life itself; it is that the masculine ideal the fraternities currently celebrate is depraved.”

I’m not sure what this writer means by Greek life itself; Greek life on American universities today is Greek life itself. Greek life has looked better and worse at various times in its history; current Greek life is current Greek life, and if you want to see what some of it looks like at one of America’s most gilded, seemingly least depraved, cultural locations, read this.

If there is a Greek life itself, some essence of Greek life, it seems to UD (who has done more than her share of research on the subject) to have to do with the cultivation of the complex and highly advantageous hypocrisy Walter Kirn features here. The collective refinement of what Christopher Lasch called the culture of narcissism is about as good as frats seem to get.

“CUNY argued that because the college was not aware of the fraternity’s trip to Pennsylvania and because some members signed an anti-hazing agreement that Liu should not be allowed to file a claim against the university system.”

Well, that didn’t work. A judge just ruled that the mother of an eighteen-year-old pledge pummeled to death by a CUNY Baruch fraternity may indeed bring her suit.

In a myriad of sordid fraternity beating deaths, this one stands out for sheer brutality and moral depravity.

The world of sadomasochism to which UD has been introduced by her decision to cover fraternities on this blog has shocked and confused her. And she’s no shrinking violet. She’s read her de Sade and her Story of O. She’s thought about the subject. She’s been around.

But there’s no denying it: Many college fraternities house concentrations of just about the sickest people in American culture.

“This assault is a worst-case scenario, but women being assaulted at spring-break destinations and other large gatherings for partygoers isn’t uncommon or new. At the events I’ve been to or, better, used to go to—note the past tense—I always felt that there was an undercurrent of sexual violence, an assault waiting to happen.”

Lots of stupid commentary has been generated by the events at Panama City Beach. This is the first smart opinion piece UD has read.

Bidding a fond farewell to another beautiful Spring Break…

… in Panama City Beach.

Next spring: Open-air beheadings.


30 Frats Shut Down In The Past Month As Colleges Respond To Misconduct More Aggressively

… [F]rats as a whole are ranked by the National Association of Insurance Commissioners as the sixth worst insurance risk in this country — just above hazardous waste disposal.

“…Club Spinnaker owners said their staff meticulously monitors …

underage drinking …”

They do, however, miss the occasional gang rape.

[Two Troy University] students were arrested and charged with sexual battery by multiple perpetrators … [T]he alleged rape took place sometime from March 10, 2015, to March 12, 2015, behind Spinnaker Beach Club, a popular bar and dance club for spring breakers.

Club Spinnaker’s owner has been among the most eloquent critics of Panama City Beach’s efforts to change its way-welcoming spring break rules.

Clay Shirky on the Rolling Stone/U Va Rape Story.

… Erdely decided to look for the “right” rape victim, interviewing women at several colleges, but not finding their (doubtless accurate) accounts of sexual assault emblematic enough. This desire for the one perfect victim essentially committed Erdely to passing over dozens of women telling the truth, until she got to a sufficiently appealing fabulist. Erdely got conned by Jackie because she wanted to believe. Rolling Stone got conned by Erdely for the same reason.

SAE Once More.

One neighbor who was fed up with the noise went to the house to address the problem. A police officer said he saw five men assaulting him, according to an arrest affidavit.

This time at the University of Texas.

Which wouldn’t think of suspending it, since “officers have been to the SAE house 40 times in the last 12 months when parties got out of control.” Has to be around 80.

How We Die: Fraternities Edition.

Several males ran into the bathroom and were arguing about whether to call the police, and after another partygoer called 911 the males agreed to move [the fraternity pledge] outside so police wouldn’t have to come into the residence …

Another statement from student Alyson Alonzo to the university describes a similar scene. Alonzo, a trained lifeguard, said someone pushed Duffy’s stomach and he vomited. She tried to perform CPR on him but was dragged outside.

Note to Panama City Beach Spring Breakers: Conceal the Concealed Weapons.

And bury the brass knuckles.

There’s a crackdown on beach toys this year.

If they can’t drink on the beach, bodies will start falling off of balconies.

A town debates spring break.

Philanthropic Organizational Life, University of Arizona

The new member class of Delta Sigma Phi had been placed into two groups of 14 at the Delta Sigma Phi off-campus residence and were locked in a room where each room was given a large quantity of vodka and a bucket of water and were told to drink until everything was gone. At least one new member reportedly consumed to the point of passing out and lost control of his bodily functions. This same member had been to the hospital twice that same week (not known if related to Delta Sigma Phi).

More details:

Members of the chapter took the new members and separated them into two groups and placed each into a room. Each group was given a handle of vodka, a bucket of water, and an empty bucket to be used for “puking”. Each room was given 15 minutes to finish everything (all alcohol). This activity was explained as a team builder, so the new members were also expected to share facts about themselves in between drinking.

Active members including the new member educator were in the room to monitor and would count down the time (15 minutes, 10 minutes, 5 minutes, etc.). Halfway through the time, members were rotated out of their room to get to know the other group. At least two new members passed out during this activity, including one who lost control of his bodily functions. This new member was placed into a bed. Multiple people vomited into the empty buckets. At the end of the 15 minutes, both rooms were allowed to return back to the party.

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