NC State, Pi Kappa Phi decry 'unacceptable and offensive' book
Posted March 20, 2015
Updated March 21, 2015
Raleigh, N.C. — Leaders at North Carolina State University and national representatives of the Pi Kappa Phi fraternity rushed Friday to condemn the contents of what appears to be the fraternity pledge book of a local chapter, found near the Raleigh campus.
"It’s unacceptable. It’s offensive, and the things written in there are something we’re taking very, very seriously," Pi Kappa Phi Chief Executive Mark Timmes said after watching the WRAL News report on the book. "It's not consistent with our values."
The little green book is filled with page after page of racially and sexually charged language and derogatory comments about women and children and includes a list of names that matches up with a membership list since removed from the Pi Kappa Phi website.
"I find the content highly disturbing," said Mike Mullen, N.C. State's vice chancellor for academic and students affairs and dean of students.
Timmes and Mullen agreed their organizations would work together to determine where the book came from and who is responsible for its contents.
"We are still trying to get our arms around the situation," Timmes said.
On Friday morning, Pi Kappa Phi placed N.C. State's Tau chapter on interim suspension. Mullin said that in a meeting of the Interfraternity Council Friday, all N.C. State fraternities were told to suspend social events where alcohol is served for the rest of the spring semester.
"We have to do everything we can to make sure this is an environment that’s safe and provides an effective learning atmosphere for everyone," Mullen said.
Book found in Raleigh restaurant
Katie Perry, a senior at N.C. State, told WRAL News Thursday that her co-workers found the book at a restaurant near campus.
"This is just a group of 60-something young men at State making jokes about raping people, raping children, raping dead women, making very overt racist comments," Perry said.
"It will be short and painful, just like when I rape you," one page reads.
"If she's hot enough, she doesn't need a pulse," says another.
"That tree is so perfect for lynching," reads another.
"Be kind to the whales because they'll lead you to the dolphins," says a fourth.
Perry hopes the discovery of the book is a wake-up call for those who wrote the comments and others on campus.
"I hope other fraternities are disgusted," she said. "I hope that if they do have this sort of thing going on in theirs, that they'll realize, whether they want to or not, that they should change, that they shouldn't promote this kind of behavior.
"There's no excuse," Perry continued. "These aren't children. They're my age. They're saying this. They know what they're doing."
A spokesman said the book was in university hands on Friday, and that investigators were interviewing students to determine who was responsible.
Students worry about NCSU reputation
"It reflects badly on us, I think," student Josh Tanner said Friday. "I though we were better than than, that we'd moved past the racism stuff."
Others cautioned that the actions of a few should not be construed as a depiction of all Greeks or the N.C. State student body.
Derrick Applewhite, a freshman who is not a member of a fraternity, said he thinks most fraternity members are good people.
"I don’t think it should reflect on every fraternity or sorority in the university," he said. "This one instance should’nt put a bad name on the university."
Mullen agreed. "We have 2800 member of our Greek community here, and the vast majority of them are living up to the values they espouse," he said.
"I’m always disappointed when allegations such as these arise and highlight what might be poor behavior by our students."