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.
“With equity and inclusion in mind,” Wesleyan President Michael Roth wrote in an email to the student body in September 2014. “Women as well as men must be full members and well-represented in the body and leadership of the 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, Genderfuck, Polyamorous, Bondage/Discipline, Dominance/Submission, Sadism/Masochism (LGBTTQQFAGPBDSM) communities.”
The lawsuit was taken to Connecticut court and the judge currently has 120 days left to decide whether or not DKE will receive an injunction for the case — much to the discontent of Wesleyan feminist groups.
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.
In the pamphlets scattered across the DKE property, the perpetrators detailed their “anger” towards the brothers of the fraternity for acting “in defense of [their] precious house.” A Wesleyan DKE member wrote an article in The Washington Post responding to the discrimination.
The pamphlet accused the brothers of “acting like children with [their] grubby fingers in [their] ears” and chastised the chapter for various actions of fraternity members at different schools.
“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.
The pamphlet also refuted DKE’s use of Wesleyan’s 2013-14 Clery Report Statistics on campus sexual assault cases — which reported only two out of the 15 sexual assault cases at Wesleyan occurred in fraternities — as completely irrelevant and baseless.
“You tell us to look at the impenetrable data…only 2 of the 15 rapes reported were at frats. If you think there were 15 rapes, … THEN YOU ARE A BAD SCIENTIST,” the pamphlet said.