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Ohio sororities in trouble over wild parties

Jenna Johnson

Four college sororities in Ohio are in trouble after their spring formals got out of hand. I put together basic case files for these epic parties using Ohio media accounts and documents on Smoking Gun.

Accused Sorority No. 1: Ohio University Pi Beta Phi

Invite details: March 6 winter formal at the Parkersburg Art Center

Alleged damage: Hardwood dance floor, ceiling and carpet were ruined by a massive food fight, an entire bottle of alcohol poured on the dance floor, chewing gum and vomit. A bathroom sink pulled from the wall when a couple tried to have sex on top of it. Several tablecloths were also ruined by spilled food, liquor and vomit. A professional bartender hired for the event watched a couple "engaging in sexual congress, while surrounded by a cheering throng." The catering team caught another couple under a table. Also destroyed: Tapper mechanisms on a keg and 62 silk flowers, valued at $7 a stem. It took four people and a commercial cleaning company three days to clean up the mess.

Cost of damage: $46,555 (minus a deposit)

Punishment: Sorority is banned from the art center. University judiciary system is looking into the allegations. No criminal charges have been filed.

Sorority response: "The chapter believes the claims of damage made by the Art Center have been grossly exaggerated."

Read more: The Columbus Dispatch's story, "Sorority's OU chapter now accused of 'Animal House' behavior"

Accused Sorority No. 2: Miami University of Ohio, Pi Beta Phi

Invite details: April 9 at the Lake Lyndsay Lodge in Hamilton, Ohio

Alleged damage: Sorority members and their guests arrived at 8 p.m. "already heavily intoxicated" and some had trouble stumbling inside. Women broke a toilet handle, but continued to use it, and some tried using the sinks instead. An angry guy flipped over an appetizer table, spraying meatball sauce and cheese all over the carpet. Two girls kept vomiting everywhere. The caterer cut off alcohol, so a few students jumped over the bar to try to get it themselves. Two male students stripped down and almost went for a swim in the lake. Two crystal vases were thrown off a porch and shattered. Someone knocked over an ornamental concrete lion and broke off its mane. Two students were found having sex in a closet, two others in a beach house. Then, after it all, there were two stranded students and 13 calls for lost items.

Cost of damage: More than the $500 deposit.

Punishment:Pi Beta Phi is suspended for a year by the university and put on probation by its national leadership.

Read more: The Cincinnati Enquirer's story, "Miami University president 'appalled' by sorority parties gone wild"

Accused Sorority No. 3: Miami University of Ohio Alpha Xi Delta

Invite details: March 26 at the Underground Railroad Freedom Center in Cincinnati

Alleged damage: Numerous students threw up. Staffers had to collect 50 to 60 juice or soda bottles containing alcohol and at least eight flasks, mostly from underage students. A line of couples started forming for the family restroom, others were kicked out of dark, closed-off areas. The women had a "tissue fight" in the restroom. A male guest was found trying to relieve himself on a museum artifact. Students broke the no smoking rule and a few tried to steal bottles of liquor.

Punishment:Pi Beta Phi is suspended for two years by the university. The university president said he was "appalled and embarrassed" by the incident.

Read more: The Cincinnati Enquirer posted a letter from the slavery museum to university officials.

Accused Sorority No. 4: University of Dayton Alpha Phi

Invite details: March at Top of the Market banquet hall in Dayton

Alleged damage: A sink in the men's room was ripped off the wall. Mustard and ketchup were sprayed.

Cost of damage: University paid the building owner $2,300 for repairs and will pass the bill along to students.

Punishment: Discipline hearing scheduled.

Read more: The Enquirer's story, "Another sorority faces discipline in Ohio."

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By Jenna Johnson  |  May 27, 2010; 8:30 AM ET
Categories:  Night Life  | Tags: Greek life  
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Those 18-20 are also adults. There's no excuse for the young women of the sorority and the young men who accompanied them to those places to damage the Parkersburg Art Center, the Underground Railroad Freedom Center or the lodge. It's good that those sororities have been disciplined, will be disciplined or have been suspended for the horrible behavior those young women and young men did. The best word to describe those who did damage, including the young man who wanted to use the washroom on a museum artifact is stupidity.

Posted by: LibertyForAll | May 28, 2010 11:05 PM | Report abuse

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