This week, fall classes commence at Clemson University, and with the new year comes a new wave of freshmen introduced into the Greek system. At Clemson, mandatory orientation for those looking to rush is on August 22, a date that marks just over 11 months since one pledge, Tucker Hipps, was found dead in a lake near campus.
Nearly six months after Tucker Hipps—a Sigma Phi Epsilon pledge at Clemson University—was found floating under a bridge in a lake near campus after being reported missing by his frat brothers, the circumstances of his death remain cloudy. But in a $25 million wrongful death lawsuit filed yesterday, his parents allege Hipps died after a fight with his brothers over McDonald's breakfast.
While Clemson students protested non-indictments in Ferguson and Staten Island on campus this weekend, some frat bros decided to elevate the race discussion by dressing like gang members. Sigma Alpha Epsilon threw a "Clemson Cripmas" theme party Saturday night, which featured a lot of white kids sporting fake tear drop tattoos.
Questions regarding who, if anyone, is culpable in the death of Tucker Hipps—the Sigma Phi Epsilon pledge at Clemson who was found dead in a lake near campus Monday after going on an early morning run with fellow pledges and frat brothers—remain, but a newly released 911 call indicates that his frat's explanation was set from the beginning.
On Monday afternoon, Clemson University sophomore Tucker Hipps was reported missing by the fraternity Sigma Phi Epsilon. A few hours later police spotted him floating in a lake under a bridge and retrieved his body. He was pronounced dead just after 5 p.m. The question that members of the Clemson community now want answered is whether fraternity brothers were responsible for his death.
With so many people getting into college (be it ivy or community) each and every year, it's easy to forget that many Americans with intellectual disabilities get left out of this most American of life experiences.