I was sitting at Stern Dining last night in an attempt to keep myself awake to study. That location is a pretty mixed bag when it comes to people working quietly, laughing with their friends, or just grabbing a bite to eat from The Dish. Last night was one of the particularly noisier times and one subject repeatedly surfaced amongst different groups. I first noticed a rather obnoxious animated group of freshmen boys behind me gather around a laptop, laughing about some “hilarious” email that got leaked at USC. A few minutes later, the girls at a table to my left started talking about a link shared on Facebook about USC’s chapter of Kappa Sigma being under investigation. It came full circle when the friend I was sitting with read aloud from one of the most vile and offensive emails I’ve had the displeasure of seeing.
The intent of the email, reportedly sent by an unidentified member of the fraternity, was to start a “Gullet Report” about which girls are most willing to have sex and which brothers are getting the most action. One of the earliest lines in the email reads:
Note: I will refer to females as “targets”. They aren’t actual people like us men. Consequently, giving them a certain name or distinction is pointless.”
And it just gets worse and worse from there. The author runs down a list of key terms, describing different types of “pie” (vaginas) and the various methods to be utilized to “take down” certain targets. One such example is the Loop n’ Doop:
Loop n’ Doop: A target that is very easy to take down. All she takes is a good amount of liquor (loop) and she will be good to go for you to f*ck her (doop). Be careful with loop n’ doops, because too much loop and they will get sick and be useless entities.
The young man becomes increasingly misogynistic as the letter continues. As if it weren’t enough to reduce women to sexual targets and describe activities bordering sexual assault, he is sure to include different pie-related (blackberry, lemon meringue, etc.) code words for “targets” of various races. He asks his brothers to avoid having relations with Middle-Eastern girls, telling them to “exhibit some patriotism and have some pride. You want your c*** smelling like falafel? Filth.” I am unable to (and have no desire to) fully articulate the extent of the repulsive and derogatory language used in the email, but you can find it in its entirety on Jezebel.
Commentors have suggested that the email was meant for entertainment, but few are finding its disgusting content funny. As reported by the Daily Trojan, Kappa Sigma’s nationals are currently holding an investigation. The same article contains quotes from the chapter president as well as the presidents of USC’s Panhellenic council and Interfraternity council. Many are apologizing, calling the email insulting and degrading. It is apparently yet to be determined who actually wrote the document. In fact, there is some speculation amongst the aforementioned officers about whether “such a member exists”, as though the dissemination of the email was an elaborate scheme to slander Kappa Sigma’s reputation.
There are still few substantial answers available, but one enraged USC student has gone to Jezebel with her version of events. According to the anonymous student, the email was originally written in January. Its author supposedly meant for it to be taken quite seriously and actually did receive gullet reports from his frat brothers. The student expressed her anger at the author, the Daily Trojan, and university officials for the handling of the events in three main points.
1. the email is real, NOT SATIRE/A JOKE, and 100% originated from USC’s Kappa Sig. I even heard the author actually received “gullet reports.”
2. The author has been expelled from the frat – but only now that this has come to light. The original email was sent in January.
3. IFC, Kappa Sig, and the Daily Trojan are obfuscating the facts to try and put the blame outside USC and save the image of the Greek system/the university.
Here is her full explanation of the events leading up to the leak, the name of the frat brother who authored it, and details on his expulsion from the fraternity. Seeing how fast the email spread around Stern Dining, you can imagine how fast it spread on the web. In addition to Jezebel, The Huffington Post and various other news outlets have covered the story. To my surprise, Total Frat Move does not appear to have made any comment.