Le Moyne College investigating community member's involvement with Syracuse frat



Videos of fraternity members at Syracuse University engaging in a ritual that the administration called "extremely racist, anti-Semitic, homophobic, sexist, and hostile to people with disabilities" have been publicized by the school newspaper. The university suspended the fraternity, but many students said that the problems go far beyond the one video.

Student publication The Daily Orange obtained the video and posted it with the story on its website. Students protesting Wednesday night eventually made a decision to forego demands to see the video when concerns about the nature of the "relationship violence, racism and sexism" would likely be too disturbing for some, it was reported.

After the "extremely troubling" videos surfaced, Chancellor Kent Syverud sent a campus-wide email saying he was "appalled and shaken" by the behavior of students involved.

Le Moyne president Linda M. LeMura, in an email to the Le Moyne college community, said members of her leadership team are holding a listening session on Friday at a time to be announced.

As a journalist, Newhouse School graduate and former Daily Orange writer, I'm proud of The Daily Orange for having the journalistic awareness and integrity to publish the Theta Tau video.

"The behaviors described are not representative of our very diverse organization, locally or nationally, nor rational or comprehensible for the multiethnic Syracuse chapter itself", Abraham said.

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Theta Tau is a local chapter of a professional engineering fraternity.

The school newspaper The Daily Orange wrote that in another video, which has not been released, a fraternity member said, "Get together and (talk) about their significant others while drinking different wines and talking in gay girly accents".

Students held a rally on campus in support of social awareness and campus unity after the video emerged on social media.

Students shared their own stories of racist, sexist, homophobic, xenophobic and similar incidents and discussed the 2014 Syracuse women's soccer team using racial and homophobic slurs and the "General Body" occupied the office of admissions.

On Wednesday, students staged a protest outside the chancellor's house and then marched their way to the campus chapel.

While Syverud attended a related university meeting earlier that day, he was not present at the Wednesday evening's forum attended by hundreds of students.

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