Dartmouth College, an Ivy League school famous for its bizarrely powerful Greek system, is having a pretty tough year. Today it gets even worse. Dartmouth has confirmed to Gawker that it extended the suspension of one of its most notorious fraternities, Alpha Delta, over allegations of branding—that is, pressing a piece of hot metal into a fraternity pledge’s skin. If that sounds unpleasant, you might want to prepare yourself for the rumored details of what exactly transpired.
The brothers of Dartmouth College’s Alpha Delta have a had a rough year. They had to apologize for throwing a “Crips and Bloods”-themed party in July, and one of them was arrested, earlier that month, for peeing on a woman standing beneath the house’s balcony. Such hardships truly test brothers’ loyalty to each other. So does drinking enormous quantities of beer.
Dartmouth College, the lily-white investment banking camp of the Ivy League, prides itself on its purposely insular and routinely violent fraternities. These two features magically combined last month when Animal House inspiration Alpha Delta decided to throw an enormous “Bloods and Crips”-themed party. Now they’re very, very, very sorry.