Prof bashes Greek life in email, claims fraternities promote bestiality
- The unnamed professor teaches in WVU’s Statler College of Engineering and suggests that parents discourage their kids from joining fraternities and sororities
- The Dean of the Statler College of Engineering released a statement dismissing the professor’s statements as nothing more than his own personal opinion which did not reflect those of the college.
Fraternities are supposed to promote brotherhood, but a professor at West Virginia University (WVU) thinks they promote something much darker.
In an email sent to parents, a nameless WVU professor suggested that Greek life leads to academic suicide and claimed fraternity initiation promotes bestiality.
The professor, who currently teaches in WVU’s Statler College of Engineering, titled the email “advice on fraternity and sorority rush.” In the email, he suggests that parents discourage their kids from joining fraternities and sororities and mentions the time and financial expenses associated with the Greek institution and their corruptive practices.
"One student was badly beaten last year in the hazing process. If the student had been smaller, he would have probably died. Fraternities say that the initiation process creates brotherhood. I say it creates beastiality [sic]," said the email.
"I have parents tell me that they were powerless to keep their son or daughter from joining a fraternity or sorority. My suggestion is to pull all of their financial support if they join. This is harsh, but I hate to see you lose a lot of money as a result of the foolishness that comes with Greek life. Hope this is helpful."
Gene Cilento, Dean of the Statler College of Engineering and Mineral Resources, released a statement dismissing the professor’s statements as nothing more than his own personal opinion which did not reflect those of the college.
"The recent comments made in an email that was sent to parents from a faculty member in our college reflect only one point of view. They do not reflect the position of the Statler College," said Cilento in statement issued to WBOY, a local news outlet. "The college believes there are a number of ways for students to responsibly get involved in student organizations, including fraternities and sororities.”
The university denied Campus Reform’s request to disclose the professor’s name.
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