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An Outside Overseer Reports on SAE

After the Lohse revelations, one of the conditions imposed upon SAE was that the house accommodate outside, non-student overseers during pledge term. One of those overseers commented to a Dartblog correspondent on the events referred to in SAE President Mike Fancher’s e-mails, that were the subject of yesterday’s post:

For the record, SAE cleared everything with GLOS, who knew about the Bema event.

SAE hasn’t hazed since the ’14s pledge class (11F), which was the last to occur before Lohse’s allegations. Since then, SAE has had multiple non-student overseers of their pledge term activities, both of the recently concluded 12F pledge term and the current 13W pledge term.

While I would certainly agree that SAE is not itself a beacon of morality, the brotherhood (and especially the executive leadership) are rationally self-interested enough to know that they can ill-afford any slip-ups. Not only would the house be in hot water with the College, but many brothers themselves might be subject to bad personal publicity at a minimum and at worst criminal prosecution. Accordingly, they’ve been toeing the line, although not without some internal discord. Recent alums disagree with the decision, with some saying that SAE is doing a disservice to the new members by not hazing them, thus denying them of the benefit of bonding as a pledge class.


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