With school about to start at Old Dominion University in Norfolk, Virginia, parents were busy dropping their brand new college students off and helping them settle in their dorms. So the frat boys of Sigma Nu decided to welcome them in with some informative signs, which read:
· ROWDY AND FUN! HOPE YOUR BABY GIRL IS READY FOR A GOOD TIME…
· FRESHMAN DAUGHTER DROP OFFâ
· GO AHEAD AND DROP OFF MOM TOO…
Stupid. Immature. Lame. Pathetic. Piggish. Obnoxious.
Those descriptions accurately describe the losers who hung those banners from the frat house. I’ll even add disrespectful, sexist and societally harmful. But the way Old Dominion is freaking out, the signs were akin to rape and might as well have read “NO MEANS YES, YES MEANS ANAL”…
Which is incidentally what a frat at Yale chanted at female freshman dorms a few years back…with far less negative attention or repercussions.
That’s because paying parents weren’t present at Yale that disturbing night. The school was able to sweep it under the rug and keep pretending it cares about providing quality education.
Old Dominion had no such recourse. Those signs were out in the open for moms and dads to see, hence the reason why it had to issue statements like:
“Messages like the ones displayed yesterday by a few students on the balcony of their private residence are not and will not be tolerated. The moment University staff became aware of these banners, they worked to have them removed. At ODU, we foster a community of respect and dignity and these messages sickened us. They are not representative of our 3,000 faculty and staff, 25,000 students and our 130,000 alumni. Ours is a community that works actively to promote bystander intervention and takes a stand denouncing violence against women.”
Yeah. ‘Cause that’s why it takes such a mid-semester stance against all the underage drinking, wild parties and sexual exploration that constantly takes place on campus.
If it honestly believes those Sigma Nu frat boys – or the other frats, sororities and remaining student body – normally spend their time respecting women, then it has no business teaching anyone about anything, much less gender relations.
And if it’s just spouting words for the sake of spouting words?
Same answer. This is why “higher” education these days is a joke. Because you gotta be high to believe it.