Presidential Election Outcome Causes a ‘Racially-Charged Incident’ at Hampden-Sydney College
According to a tipster who emailed BroBible today, a large group of students—some in a fraternity, some not—allegedly went to the school's Minority Student Union (formerly the Lambda Chi House) and began to “break bottles, throw fireworks at the house, and circle the building shouting racial epithets.” Why? Because Mitt Romney lost the election.
Says our tipster:
Last night a Dean of students sent out an email detailing a racially charged incident at Hampden-Sydney due to the outcome of the Presidential Election. Below is a description of what happened last night as described by a Dean. I was really pissed off at this despite the fact that I voted for Romney. Despite your political affiliation there's nothing bro about attacking one of your schools own frats.
And here's the actual e-mail sent to the campus community this morning from Hampden-Sydney College President Dr. Chris Howard. According to the AP, he is the small school's first African-American president:
Members of the Hampden-Sydney Community,
At approximately eleven minutes after midnight, the Dean of Students, other members of the College faculty and staff, and I received an email from students at the Minority Student Union (MSU) stating a large group had gathered outside their house (formerly Lambda Chi House). The members of group set off fireworks and threw bottles evidently in response to the presidential election results. At some point, members of the group shouted racial epithets at the men in MSU threatening them with physical violence. The members of MSU notified campus security. After speaking with Chief Gee on the phone, I walked to Fraternity Circle with Dean Klein and spent approximately one hour meeting with students from MSU, Sigma Nu and Sigma Chi to determine what happened.
I am terribly disappointed with the students who participated in this harmful, senseless episode including those men who stood idly by and watched it happen. There is no place for bigotry or racism of any kind on this campus. Dean Klein and I will be meeting with the leaders of various fraternities and MSU today to learn more about the events of last night. We will also work with leaders of student government, the Interfraternity Council and the Intercultural Affairs Committee to determine the appropriate course of action and to devise ways to ensure our students respect each other despite their racial differences.
I encourage every student, faculty and staff member to take time today to discuss this incident and what it means to Hampden-Sydney. Our mission is to produce “Good Men and Good Citizens”; there is little doubt that some of us failed last night.
I ask those who were involved in or witnessed this incident to consider your responsibility as a Hampden-Sydney Man and contact either Alex Cartwright or Dean Klein.
Dr. Chris Howard
Social networks circulated the news last night. Tweets responding to the incident are easily found via a Twitter search:
No words can describe how disturbing and classless this is. Simply disgusting. If you have any more details, pics, or videos about the incident, drop me an e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
UPDATE: Here's a blurb from the story from a local Virginia news station. About 40 people were involved in the incident, according to the report.
UPDATE 2: Here's the e-mail statement that was sent to parents. A similar statement appears on the school's Facebook page. Multiple sources at HSC have e-mailed me to pointed out that this message excludes Sigma Nu and Sigma Chi, which were originally cited in President Dr. Chris Howard's first e-mail. According to our sources, these fraternities were allegedly not involved.
Shortly after 11 PM on November 6, a group of about 40 students gathered near the Minority Student Union (MSU) house. Members of the group set off fireworks and threw bottles in response to the presidential election results. At some point, members of the group shouted racial epithets at the men at MSU threatening them with physical harm. The members of MSU notified campus security. The incident lasted less than 45 minutes, and the group was largely dispersed through the efforts of responsible students, especially fraternity officers. President Chris Howard and Dean of Students David Klein went to Fraternity Circle and spent approximately one hour meeting with students who live in the area to determine what happened.
We are terribly disappointed with the students who participated in this harmful, senseless episode including those men who stood idly by and watched it happen. There is no place for bigotry or racism at Hampden-Sydney. In response to this incident, President Howard called a Town Hall meeting on the evening on November 7. Nearly 300 members of the Hampden-Sydney community gathered to address the incident and its implications for our community. We were all moved by the responses of our students, their condemnation of the incident, and their heartfelt appeals to brotherhood.
The incident on November 6 is under investigation and will be adjudicated by the Student Justice system.