• 48°

2 NC State fraternities are latest accused of ugly behavior

RALEIGH (AP) — Two fraternities at North Carolina State University have been suspended — one for what appeared to be an offensive pledge book, the other for drug and sexual assault allegations — the latest chapters reprimanded in a wave of unseemly fraternity behavior around the country.

The national Pi Kappa Phi organization said Thursday it suspended its Raleigh chapter while it investigates derogatory comments attributed to members in a notebook found at a restaurant near campus. Separately, new details about a drug paraphernalia seizure surfaced in a search warrant in the investigation of sexual assault allegations at Alpha Tau Omega, which was suspended earlier this month.

Details about the North Carolina suspensions surfaced not long after shocking behavior at the University of Oklahoma and Penn State have put fraternities in the spotlight. At Penn State, police are investigating allegations members of Kappa Delta Rho used a private Facebook page to post photos of nude and partly nude women, some apparently asleep or passed out. At Oklahoma, Sigma Alpha Epsilon members were caught on video singing a racist song.

In Raleigh, television station WRAL posted photos of a notebook attributed to Pi Kappa Phi brothers, including a list of members on the fraternity’s website. The notebook included sexist and racially insensitive comments.

One comment said: “If she’s hot enough, she doesn’t need a pulse.” Another said: “Man, that tree is so perfect for lynching.”

WRAL said workers at the restaurant found the notebook that they described as a pledge book and showed it to the station.

“The written comments and quotes reported earlier this evening are offensive and unacceptable,” said Pi Kappa Phi Chief Executive Officer Mark E. Timmes said in a news release. “These statements are inconsistent with the values of Pi Kappa Phi and will not be tolerated.”

In the Alpha Tau Omega investigation, campus police Sgt. J.P. Dye wrote in a warrant obtained by multiple media outlets that officers seized drug paraphernalia and white powder during a search at the fraternity house.

A woman called police March 1 to say that she was sexually assaulted there. She also told officers that she had been offered drugs, including cocaine and that she had seen drugs being sold.

A digital scale and plastic bags were also found, according to the search warrant.

A campus police spokesman didn’t immediately return a message from The Associated Press.

Wynn Smiley, Alpha Tau Omega’s national chief executive officer, said the fraternity kicked out a pledge who had white powder and other drug paraphernalia in his room.

He had only been associated with the organization for less than a month, Smiley said in a phone interview.

Smiley said the national organization conducted its own investigation with a lawyer, staff member and alumni advisors, and the organization believes the woman was exaggerating about drugs being sold and the level of drug activity. He also questioned her credibility on the sexual assault allegation.

He acknowledged that the details in the warrant were shocking, but said they all appear to have been relayed by the woman to the investigator.

“It just didn’t line up with what we were finding out,” he said, adding that the chapter is continuing to cooperate with investigators.

An N.C. State spokesman said the university planned to issue a statement on the fraternities later Friday.



13 deaths reported in Rowan, county stresses need to receive second dose


10% of Rowan residents receive first dose; eight COVID-19 deaths reported this week


North Carolina State Highway Patrol commander to retire


UNC School of the Arts may go for online learning due to COVID-19 spread


Greensboro site to administer 3,000 daily vaccine doses starting March 10


Update: $1.9 trillion relief bill passes House, moves on to Senate


Lady Gaga’s dogs recovered safely


Advisers OK single-shot COVID-19 vaccine from J&J


Post wins 18 N.C. Press Association Awards


Cooper vetoes bill that would force K-12 schools to reopen


Lanning named Spencer’s fire chief


Blotter: Feb. 26


Salisbury, Kannapolis men charged with soliciting sexual acts


Racial bias ‘deeply entrenched’ in report critical of Apex Police Department


US bombs facilities in Syria used by Iran-backed militia


City council again dismisses idea of adding new member, focus now on recommendation to delay elections


‘Let’s make some money:’ Loosened restrictions praised by bar owners, baseball team

High School

Salisbury High bucks historical trend in dominant shutout of West Rowan


Garage declared total loss after Enochville fire


Cooper, N.C. prison officials agree to release 3,500 inmates


Two more COVID-19 deaths reported in Rowan, six for the week


Blotter: Man brandishes AR-15, runs over motorcycle at Rockwell-area gas station


Salisbury man charged with exploitation of minor


Road rage incident results in assault charges