WKU Fraternity Returns to Campus After Being Kicked Off

By: Tamara Evans Email
By: Tamara Evans Email

It's been a year and a half since a Western Kentucky University fraternity was kicked off campus for a psychological hazing incident involving a goat.

In February of 2006, some members of the agriculture fraternity Alpha Gamma Rho led some pledges to believe they would have to have sex with the animal.

Western suspended the fraternity for three years, but after a year and a half of good conduct they have been re-instated on campus.

The big sign that clearly states "We're Back" located at the front of the Alpha Gamma Rho house, let's you know that the fraternity is officially back on campus.

"We've been kicked off campus for a year and a half now, so it's pretty exciting," said Perry Meador, an Alpha Gamma Rho fraternity member.

For the first time in over a year, the fraternity letters are back on the house and their flag is flying again.

These fraternity members say they're ready for a fresh start.

"We just want to get our image back how it used to be, be a part of the community and do good things," assured Carter Lillard, Alpha Gamma Rho fraternity member.

The guys haven't been able to do this since the fraternity was suspended for a hazing incident involving a goat.

Although the incident was said to just be a prank, the image followed the fraternity and they're ready to start fresh at WKU and in the community.

"Over 2/3 of those who were members at the time of the incident are now no longer at the university, so we're trying to give them (the fraternity) an opportunity to come back to campus and be a viable, positive organization," said Howard Bailey, WKU's Associate Vice-President of Student Affairs.

"There's an image of how fraternities are and we're trying to get away from that. We're trying to recruit better guys who are going to represent the fraternity in a better way," Meador added.

These AGR members say not being allowed to participate in Greek events at WKU during the last year and a half was one of the hardest punishments.

"Not being able to do anything. We want to be a part of campus too and the community and raise money and do what we need for the community. We just weren't able to do things like that. It was hard," Lillard admitted.

"We're giving them that opportunity. It's up to them to do so and I think they can," Bailey said.

"We don't plan on getting in trouble anytime soon," Meador assured.

During the fraternity's time off campus, the AGR's have completed a long list of items such as paying off their fraternity house and keeping up their grades.

They will now be on probation on campus for the next year and a half, but it won't stop them from being able to recruit students in the agriculture related field to their fraternity, or from participating in campus events.


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