Media Courtesy of the Milwaukee-Wisconsin Journal Sentinel
Courtesy of the Milwaukee-Wisconsin Journal Sentinel
University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee fraternity Tau Kappa Epsilon is currently under investigation
for lacing drinks with date rape drugs during a party last Friday (Sept. 12).
Police were summoned to the university's Sandburg Residence Hall early Saturday morning as students returned from the frat party, all of whom were barely able to stand or walk. They all had color-coded X's marked on the backs of their hands.
One woman's blood alcohol level registered at 0.20 after the breath test, which is more than twice what is considered intoxication under Wisconsin law, and was taken to the hospital. She had a red X on her hand.
Police encountered another woman in a similar situation, and a young man as well. He had a black X on his hand and told police that he'd been at the Tau Kappa Epsilon party. His female companion said that admission to the party required knowing someone inside, and that everyone received either a black or red X--she had a red X, as the other women did. Women were also allowed to buy an index card for $8, that gave them access to free drinks at every bar in the house.
At the fraternity house, officers saw various empty alcohol containers and copious amounts of vomit outside. A total of 42 people were found drinking in the basement, and all were underage.
While the house was being searched, a third woman at the residence hall registered an alcohol level of 0.225 and was also transported to the hospital. During a later interview with police, she said "you have to be hot" to get one of the all access index cards at the party.
"...This is how it usually is. Girls always get wasted there," she added.
Other attendees reported similarly disturbing information, including experiencing a weird sensation before passing out, noticing that the cups were moved under the bar as the drinks were being prepared, and a cloudy appearance in alcohol that should have been clear.
One member has been arrested. Whether or not he'll be charged is unclear.
Since the fraternity house itself is a private residence, the University has no control over it. However, they have suspended the fraternity's affiliation with the school while the investigation goes on.
The fraternity has had its share of trouble in the past. Three separate reports of sexual assault were brought forward last year against members of the frat, although no charges were filed.
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