MU Inter-Fraternity Council discusses racist OU video

2 years 10 months 1 week ago Wednesday, March 11 2015 Mar 11, 2015 Wednesday, March 11, 2015 6:59:00 AM CDT March 11, 2015 in News
By: Nick Komisar, KOMU 8 Reporter

COLUMBIA - The University of Missouri Inter-Fraternity Council (IFC) executive board discussed a video Wednesday, that has caused uproar across the nation. The council discussed the video at their regular scheduled meeting, that happened to be just days after the controversial video was released. 

The video shows members of the Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity house at the University of Oklahoma chanting derogatory terms on a bus. At one point in the chanting, participants reference lynchings and state that no black individuals would be allowed in their fraternity. The video went viral on Sunday, and on Monday the university kicked the fraternity off campus. 

The executive board of the MU IFC decided the video should be talked about at their meeting Wednesday, because it is an issue that reflects on fraternities nationwide. 

The president of MU IFC Jason Blincow said the council would talk about the video and attempt to find ways to eliminate discrimination in MU fraternities.

"We don't want something like that to happen on our campus," Blincow said. "We definitely do not want to perpetuate a culture that is anything relative to what went on at OU's campus. So we will have conversations about that, and continue round-table discussions with Greek leaders and those not in the Greek community about relations we have with them, specifically race relations."  

He said the talks were aimed to establish a "pro-active action plan" that can be used to help "perpetuate a healthy culture." 

Parker Briden, VP of public relations for the MU IFC, said one goal is to ensure all cultures and ethnic backgrounds feel comfortable being around, as well as joining the Greek community. 

Neither Briden nor Blincow had knowledge of formal complaints regarding racism in Mizzou fraternities, but said MU Student Conduct would be the department that handled them. 

Zech Gayles, a black student who is a member of an MU fraternity, said he has never experienced discrimination in his fraternity or MU as a whole, like what is seen in the video. 

"Me personally I have heard little small things, but nothing that has actually made me offended," Gayles said. "But I am sure it happens, I'm sure it happens on a daily basis. To me though, words are just words." 

Going forward, no formal action plans are in place, but Briden said IFC will continue to search for ways to make Greek Life more multicultural. 

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