Two officers have been expelled from their Princeton University eating club after sending out lewd and sexist emails, The New York Times reports.
One email reportedly sent out by Tiger Inn’s vice president, Adam Krop, included a photo of a woman engaging in a sexual act with a man in one of the Tiger Inn eating club’s public spaces. The email referred to the woman as an “Asian chick” and included a crass joke, according to The Times.
Another, sent out by Tiger Inn’s treasurer Andrew Hoffenberg, encouraged members to heckle visiting lecturer Sally Frank, a Princeton alumna whose lawsuit ultimately forced eating clubs to admit women back in 1990.
“Looking for someone to blame for the influx of girls? Come tomorrow and help boo Sally Frank,” Hoffenberg reportedly wrote.
We reached to both officers via Facebook and will update this post if we hear back. Their ouster comes in the wake of a national conversation about sexual assault on college campuses, fuelled most recently by a Rolling Stone article about an alleged gang rape that occurred at a University of Virgina fraternity.
Last month, the words “rape haven” were spraypainted on Tiger Inn’s stone walls.
Tiger Inn was the last all-male eating club to open its doors to women in 1991, fighting Frank’s lawsuit until the very end. The US Supreme Court refused to hear Tiger Inn’s final appeal, after lower courts ruled that denying women entry to the club violated New Jersey’s anti-discrimination laws.
Shortly after the ruling, the club insisted that it did not contest the case out of sexism, but because it felt it had a right to freedom of association.
Princeton’s eating clubs are private institutions and are not officially affiliated with the university. But they have been an integral part of campus life since 1879 when the Ivy Club was founded. Tiger Inn was established 11 years later and is often referred to as Princeton’s “Animal House” for its notoriously wild behaviour, as The New York Times has noted.
In 2006, alcohol was banned from Tiger Inn for two months after two separate incidents of sexual assault were reported at the club.
“It had gotten to the point where people on Prospect were saying, ‘It’s T.I., what do you expect?’ ” Hap Cooper, the club’s former graduate board president, told The New York Times back in 2007.
In 1920, Princeton alumnus F. Scott Fitzgerald described the club as “broad-shouldered and athletic” in his iconic novel “This Side of Paradise.”
Nearly 100 years later, Tiger Inn was dubbed “the frattiest social club on campus,” by Princeton student Caroline Kitchener in a piece for The Atlantic. “Women now join for the debauchery,” she wrote, “not in spite of it.”
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