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'Brokeback' Initiation: Fraternity Members Face Hazing Fines...
AP ^ | 5/10/06 | AP

Posted on 05/10/2006 1:12:02 PM PDT by andrew2527

Four fraternity members accused of making pledges wear cowboy clothes and suffer homophobic insults in a "Brokeback Mountain"-themed initiation ritual face $1,000 fines under the state's anti-hazing law.

University of Vermont police said the civil penalties stemmed from a March 2 party at the Phi Gamma Delta house based on the movie about gay cowboys.

"What they did, which I felt was homophobic in nature, was inappropriate," UVM Police Chief Gary Margolis said.

Phi Gamma Delta's alumni advisers have denied accounts of anti- homosexual remarks and heavy drinking at the party.

Chittenden County Deputy State's Attorney Ed Sutton said his office did not plan to file criminal charges and believed the case "would be better dealt with in context of a university judicial review."

University police singled out four officers in the fraternity, Margolis said. Scott Curley II, 18, of Bridgewater, Mass.; Eric Freedman, 20, of West Simsbury, Conn.; Bill Holohan IV, 20, of Branford, Conn.; and Geoffrey Robinson, 20, of Middletown Springs were given tickets Friday, police said.

Vermont's anti-hazing law was passed after a 1999 hazing scandal at UVM in which members of the hockey team were accused of forcing freshman players to drink warm beer until they vomited and march in an "elephant walk" while holding each other's genitals. The allegations triggered the cancellation of the last 15 games of the hockey season


TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Culture/Society; News/Current Events; US: Vermont
KEYWORDS: hazing; homophobiaisnt; homosexualagenda; homosexualityissick; savage; wedontfeargays; weinernation; whataboutfreespeech
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I didn't see this posted yet. The fine seems a little excessive IMO.
1 posted on 05/10/2006 1:12:04 PM PDT by andrew2527
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To: andrew2527

I'm shocked, shocked, I tell you, to find that there are anti-homosexual comments at fraternities.


2 posted on 05/10/2006 1:13:54 PM PDT by mhx
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Hate criminals! Burn them!


3 posted on 05/10/2006 1:14:51 PM PDT by ExpatGator (Progressivism: A polyp on the colon politic.)
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To: mhx

I shocked the little whimps spilled the beans.

What losers. We tied people to abandoned T-line in our stunts at MIT (train would go on other track).


4 posted on 05/10/2006 1:15:42 PM PDT by MeanWestTexan (Many at FR would respond to Christ "Darn right, I'll cast the first stone!")
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What they did, which I felt was homophobic in nature, was inappropriate," UVM Police Chief Gary Margolis said.

He should be fired for using the term 'homophobic'.

5 posted on 05/10/2006 1:15:51 PM PDT by ozoneliar ("The tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time with the blood of patriots & tyrants" -T.J.)
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To: mhx

And in Vermont too!


6 posted on 05/10/2006 1:16:09 PM PDT by Hildy ("Whenever someone smiles at me all I see is a chimpanzee begging for its life." - Dwight Schrute)
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To: andrew2527

Speech as hazing. No hitting, etc. Just speech.

How PC.


7 posted on 05/10/2006 1:16:11 PM PDT by Shermy
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march in an "elephant walk" while holding each other's genitals

The 1999 incident seems to have more to do with Brokeback Mountain than the recent one.

8 posted on 05/10/2006 1:17:33 PM PDT by SirJohnBarleycorn
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To: andrew2527

Actually, it sounds pretty funny.


9 posted on 05/10/2006 1:17:59 PM PDT by lovecraft (Specialization is for insects.)
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To: ozoneliar

Didn't you know? It's illegal to be a homophobe in Vermont.


10 posted on 05/10/2006 1:20:06 PM PDT by andrew2527
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How dare they be so openly heterosexual!!!


11 posted on 05/10/2006 1:20:08 PM PDT by spanalot
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This fraternity has also been accused of "heavy drinking".

OTHEHUGEMANATEE!


12 posted on 05/10/2006 1:20:51 PM PDT by ishabibble (UNITED WE STAND DIVIDED WE FALL)
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"I can't quit (hazing) you."


13 posted on 05/10/2006 1:21:36 PM PDT by PBRSTREETGANG
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"What they did, which I felt was homophobic in nature, was inappropriate," UVM Police Chief Gary Margolis said.

? ? ?


14 posted on 05/10/2006 1:21:53 PM PDT by DBeers ()
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When they say "homophobic" does that mean they expressed an irrational fear, or is this word now just another way to say "they were really really mean and scary!" ???


15 posted on 05/10/2006 1:22:37 PM PDT by Paloma_55 (Still MAD as HELL!!!)
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Sounds rather mild...some fraternities make them go the full brokeback. I've never understood why anyone would want to join such an organization, but to each his own.


16 posted on 05/10/2006 1:23:53 PM PDT by Republican Wildcat
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What did they do?

This appears to be a "thought crime", without knowing what was done I can't even have an opinion.

Is this how news is handled today?


17 posted on 05/10/2006 1:25:12 PM PDT by ansel12
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"What they did, which I felt was homophobic in nature, was inappropriate," UVM Police Chief Gary Margolis said as he adjusted his Gucci Sam Brown belt and wiped maple syrup off of his bejeweled badge.


18 posted on 05/10/2006 1:26:01 PM PDT by battlegearboat
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If the "victims" were joining the frat of their own accord and nobody was assaulted then it shouldn't be police business.


19 posted on 05/10/2006 1:27:28 PM PDT by Squawk 8888 (Yay! It's Riding Season!)
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.....yikes.....

.....if they ever find out about what we did.....

.....we would be sent to "old sparky" for sure.....

....."hell night" itself would've been a capital offense.....

20 posted on 05/10/2006 1:28:13 PM PDT by cyberaxe (((.....does this mean I'm kewl now?.....)))
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