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NC State, Pi Kappa Phi decry 'unacceptable and offensive' book

Posted March 20, 2015
Updated March 21, 2015

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— 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.

NCSU fraternity book

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.

NC State fraternity book

Excerpts from the book are disturbing.

"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."


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  • Floyd Bridges Mar 22, 2015
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    Excellent point.

    We have forgotten that boundary between personal and public. Now what occurs in personal conversations or emails is used to smear and destroy people. The most egregious example is Donald Sterling losing his ownership of the Clippers for racist comments he made in a private conversation. The comments may be silly and ignorant judged by today's standards, but they were not illegal and didn't warrant the punishment that man received.

    Once upon a time children learned the rhyme, "Sticks and stones may break my bones, but names will never hurt me." Either we as a people have become so weak and thin skinned that names are the same as stones. Or, our society is so mean-spirited that we will use the slightest verbal offense to financially destroy others just for the fun of it.

  • Alexia Proper Mar 21, 2015
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    Most people don't agree with what they wrote. What's concerning to me is that this was a private book that was effectively published without permission, might not actually reflect the words people said, and puts everyone in an awkward position. Much of what was written was just foolish college kid nonsense that I heard in college decades ago. Nothing new here.

    The book should have been quietly returned to its owner. But, no. Somebody with a holier than thou attitude wanted to air it for the world. They should be ashamed as much as the person writing down the foolishness.

  • Phil Larson Mar 21, 2015
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    I cannot believe there are actually people on here defending this. War on men my but.

  • Clovis Sangrail Mar 21, 2015
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    "You still haven't proven an example where a private organization or individual has been held accountable to another private organization or individual under the first amendment section on free speech."Whats the point of the University (ie the government) immediately launching an investigation into what someone wrote in a private notebook? To what end? To find out if there really was a wave of necrophilia sweeping the campus?

    Do you think it could be to punish the students like we saw the university do in Oklahoma? Its not a very effective defense if you say "we'll they have launched a suspect investigation, but they havent announced a punishment yet". Your whole talking point is based on "yet".

    And clearly NC State (ie the government) is in a position to punish Pi Kappa Phi if it doesnt in turn punish the student in a way NC State (ie the government) thinks is sufficient.

    Thats potentially the government abridging free speech.

  • George Costanza Mar 21, 2015
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    I'm sorry, but all I can think of about this is the scene in Animal House where the guy is defending the Delta House. This is just another example of the war on men created by the lib's.

  • Bob Cooke Mar 21, 2015
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    Again, not the topic of this article. But people like you (and Christopher) choose to take any opportunity to link things to a party you don't agree with.

  • Roger Chance Mar 20, 2015
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    Total baloney(I used a word that might offend the community, very funny). What happened to freedom of speech. This waitress enjoys her 15 minutes of fame. Good way for her to get noticed. Fraternities are the lifeblood of social life for many students, like myself. A football/basketball player leaves the notebook--suspend the team--Beejeezus.

  • Mike Berthold Mar 20, 2015
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    You still haven't proven an example where a private organization or individual has been held accountable to another private organization or individual under the first amendment section on free speech. That was the argument. A private national fraternity suspended one of its chapters because of this book and everyone is screaming "violation of free speech". The school has done nothing to this point but make a statement.

  • Mike Berthold Mar 20, 2015
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    All the pages? You've seen them all or the few couple they showed here? Could it possibly be that the fraternity used one person as the secretary or official recorder like most organizations? I mean since we're assuming.

  • Alexia Proper Mar 20, 2015
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    Look at the handwriting on all of the pages. It is pretty evident.