Former Sigma Alpha Epsilon (SAE) fraternity brother Andrew Lohse recently released a memoir titled “Confessions of an Ivy League Frat Boy” as a follow-up to his tell-all column published in The Dartmouth back in 2012. Of his experience at the SAE house at Dartmouth College, Lohse wrote: “I was a member of a fraternity that asked pledges, in order to become a brother, to swim in a kiddie pool full of vomit, urine, fecal matter, semen and rotten food products; eat omelets made of vomit; chug cups of vinegar… drink beers poured down fellow pledges’ ass cracks; and vomit on other pledges, among other abuses.”
The allegations detailed in the column sparked an investigation by the Hanover New Hampshire Police Department and the Sigma Alpha Epsilon board.
“The investigation results could not validate Lohse’s allegations or descriptions of what he says occurred,” Brandon Weghorst, an SAE spokesperson told the Huffington Post.
In an interview with Fusion’s Alicia Menendez, Lohse described his reservations about speaking out against the fraternity. “People who speak out against these secretive, hierarchical organizations are often pilloried by that community, by their colleges and people in the media,” he told Menendez.
Menendez pushed Lorshe for a bottom line: Does the Greek system need to be changed or completely abolished?
“Abolition is the only effective answer. It doesn’t seem like [Greek life] plays a role in our society,” Lohse said. “On the net, they’re just negative.”
For the full interview, click here.
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