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Jane Velez-Mitchell: Frat Culture Needs 'Housecleaning'

By    |   Thursday, 19 Mar 2015 05:46 PM

Campus fraternities are hives of "rampant degeneracy" and if they're not all shut down right now, they at least need "a darn good housecleaning" to rid them of their racist and sexist tendencies, says investigative journalist and best-selling true-crime author Jane Velez-Mitchell.

Diversifying frats and turning them co-ed might help them cut down on the kinds of behavior and incidents that have soiled the entire Greek system, Velez-Mitchell and another panelist, Newsweek senior writer Alexander Nazaryan, told "MidPoint" host Ed Berliner on Newsmax TV Thursday.

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But both guests also said the very idea of a fraternity needs re-examining.

"It's a fundamentally elitist, exclusionary system that has its own internal codes, its own morals, that are often at odds with the morals of society at large or the university to which the fraternity belongs," said Nazaryan.

A Penn State fraternity was suspended this week after authorities uncovered a members-only Facebook page with photos of nude women.

"These were women in humiliating sexual positions — naked, passed out — and it wasn't a couple of people [looking at the pictures]," said Velez-Mitchell. "According to reports that I've read, up to 144 individuals had access to one of these pages. This is rampant degeneracy."

The university's president says students involved could face expulsion and even criminal charges.

Last week, the University of Oklahoma expelled two members of a fraternity seen chanting racist slogans on video. The fraternity was also kicked off campus and decertified by its parent organization.

"What we're seeing here is … technology is exposing the underbelly of frats," said Velez-Mitchell.

Nazaryan, who called for an end to campus fraternities a month before the latest incidents, said he belonged to one and witnessed "a lot of anti-intellectual, self-destructive behavior that has no place on the American college campus."

He said the Greek system is basically "designed" to exempt its members from codes of civilized conduct and to insulate them from the consequences the rest of us face.

"The whole system makes it possible for these bad seeds to thrive," said Nazaryan.

Campus administrators are also part of the problem, said Velez-Mitchell.

"They don't want to scare the parents off, they don't want to scare the applicants off," she said. "It's just like the rape crisis on college campuses around the country: It's a see no evil, hear no evil policy, because they don't want to dust up problems that might scare away money. When you see this kind of dysfunction, follow the money."

In the meantime, she said, "Frat life on college campuses around the country is completely out of control. We've gone from 'Animal House" to 'Lord of the Flies.'"

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