Feminist group vandalizes frat house on eve of graduation weekend

Feminist group vandalizes frat house on eve of graduation weekend
DKE House at Wesleyan. (Image: Creative Commons)

On the night of Thursday, May 21 as numerous alumni and families of soon-to-be graduates crowded the Wesleyan University campus, a student feminist group vandalized the house and lawn of Delta Kappa Epsilon (DKE) fraternity to publicly protest the chapter’s existence on campus.

After a slew of sexual assault scandals involving Greek life, Wesleyan administration ordered all fraternities to admit women as members. If they refused, they would get kicked out of their residence and lose their right to function as a student organization. …

After months of attempted negotiation with the administration, DKE filed a lawsuit against the university for gender discrimination. The crux of their argument was that the university preaches, but doesn’t always execute, tolerance for all students and organizations.

Wesleyan officially endorses campus residences such as “Women of Color House,” “Light House” for Christian students and “Open House” for “Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Transsexual, Queer, Questioning, Flexural, Asexual, Genderf**k, Polyamorous, Bondage/Discipline, Dominance/Submission, Sadism/Masochism (LGBTTQQFAGPBDSM) communities.” …

Wesleyan DKE Treasurer Mitchell Ryan was a resident at the fraternity house and recalled waking up to find the entire property trashed with hundreds of pamphlets littered across the lawn.

“There was silly string sprayed all over the front of the house — windows, side of the house, doors, everything. Then there were papers all over the yard – the feminists’ flyers. … And [another DKE brother] cut down a banner that was hung on our front porch that said ‘Feminists, Not Fiction,’” he said. …

“Your comrades in New Haven say, NO MEANS YES, YES MEANS ANAL! … And your brothers at UC Berkley say nothing. They just drug and rape their party guests in silence,” the pamphlet reads, referring to unrelated fraternity incidents at Yale and Berkley.

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