One of Brian’s Favorite Quotes
While you are away, movie stars are taking your women. Robert Redford is dating your girlfriend, Tom Selleck is kissing your lady, Bart Simpson is making love to your wife.”
— Baghdad Betty
Clueless Iraqi radio announcer, trying to demoralize U.S. Gulf War troops.
University Of Virginia Suspends Fraternities Following Explosive Rolling Stone Rape Article
The president of the University of Virginia has suspended all campus fraternities until Jan. 9 in the wake of explosive gang rape allegations involving the school’s Phi Kappa Psi fraternity, the Washington Post reports.
Here’s what President Teresa Sullivan said in a statement on her school’s website:
“In the intervening period we will assemble groups of students, faculty, alumni, and other concerned parties to discuss our next steps in preventing sexual assault and sexual violence on Grounds.”
The announcement comes after a disturbing Rolling Stone article recounted a horrific alleged gang rape at the Phi Kappa Psi frat and several other alleged instances of sexual assault at UVA. Following the article, the frat was vandalized and voluntarily suspended itself.
The image of that vandalism below is from The Cavalier Daily:
Virginia Governor Gov. Terry McAuliffe said he was “deeply disturbed” by the allegations and asked the school to conduct a full investigation into its sexual assault policies. Meanwhile, UVA has asked the local police to investigate the horrific 2012 alleged gang rape of a then-first year student described in the Rolling Stone article.
In her statement posted to the UVA website on Saturday, Sullivan expressed both sorrow and determination. From her statement suspending the fraternities:
The wrongs described in Rolling Stone are appalling and have caused all of us to reexamine our responsibility to this community. Rape is an abhorrent crime that has no place in the world, let alone on the campuses and grounds of our nation’s colleges and universities. We know, and have felt very powerfully this week, that we are better than we have been described, and that we have a responsibility to live our tradition of honor every day, and as importantly every night.
UVA and a number of other high-profile universities have been scrutinized over their responses to sexual assault allegations, which the school typically handles internally.
UVA was one of 55 schools originally announced as being under investigation by the Office of Civil Rights in May.
However, UVA may have “more reason to worry than most of its peers,” Rolling Stone reports. According to the magazine, “UVA is one of only 12 schools under a sweeping investigation known as ‘compliance review': a proactive probe launched by the Department of Education’s Office of Civil Rights itself, triggered by concerns about deep-rooted issues.”
Read more about UVA’s meltdown in recent days here.