Unsurprisingly, frat bros in Ithaca are just as well-versed in misogyny as those in Florida and Ohio. Cornell's Kappa chapter of the Zeta Beta Tau fraternity was recently placed on probation over a competitive sex contest dubbed a "pig roast," Syarcuse.com reports.
For the contest, which took place last year, members earned points for each woman they had sex with, according to The Cornell Sun. A hazing investigation by the University’s Fraternity and Sorority Review Board, released in January, revealed that new members were told not to tell women about this contest. Additionally, in the event of a tie, the member who slept with a woman who weighed the most won.
Ryan Lombardi, vice president for campus and student life, condemned the fraternity’s behavior and stressed, “Behavior that degrades and dehumanizes women contributes to a climate and culture of tolerance for sexual violence,” according to The Cornell Sun. Meanwhile, the brothers of Kappa chapter released a formal statement explaining that the events were not “chapter sanctioned activities nor ones that brothers were aware of” on February 3.
The fraternity chapter now has to conduct a full brotherhood review in addition to a new review by national leadership, hire a live-in advisor approved by the university’s Office of Sorority and Fraternity Life, participate in bystander education by the end of the semester, attend monthly meetings with the OSFL, and participate in Sexual Assault Awareness Week this coming April, among other events listed.
This isn't the first time a Cornell fraternity has been under fire for inappropriate conduct. In 2012, a group on top of a Sigma Pi house taunted Black students by throwing bottles at them and calling them Trayvon. In 2013, two Tau Epsilon Phi pledges were stripped naked.