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Emory University Says Frat House Not Allowed to Hang Christmas Wreath on its Door

Emory University Says Frat House Not Allowed to Hang Christmas Wreath on its Door

“Since this is the second violation of the policy, an incident report will be submitted to the Office of Student Conduct”

Remember this the next time someone on the left insists there’s no war on Christmas.

Campus Reform reports:

Frat house cannot hang its own Christmas wreath, university insists

Fraternity and sorority students at Emory University are not allowed to hang their own exterior Christmas decorations.

That policy was news to members of the Atlanta university’s Alpha Tau Omega (ATO) fraternity when Josh Gamse, assistant director of sorority and fraternity life, informed the chapter Dec. 3 that its wreath was violating school policy.

“Since this is the second violation of the policy, an incident report will be submitted to the Office of Student Conduct,” Gasme wrote in an email obtained by Campus Reform. 

Emory’s policy states, “Exterior holiday decorations must not be installed or removed by students. Violators of this policy will face disciplinary actions.”

Housing Operations must handle installation and removal, according to the policy.

Davis Van Inwegen, ATO’s house improvement chair, told Campus Reform that this rule is new and that the fraternity was not sufficiently informed by the university about the change.

In a separate Dec. 3 email obtained by Campus Reform, Gamse informed Van Inwegen that the link the fraternity was “an outdated version of the policy. This is the one that is currently up on the housing website,” referring to the “Housing Policy” page on Emory’s website.

Van Inwegen told Campus Reform that ATO did not know the policy was outdated because a Google search direct its members to an old set of regulations that did not contain the exterior installation restriction.

“I just did the same google [sic] search and I see it too, but it is not the correct version,” Gamse told Van Inwegen in that Dec. 3 exchange. “I have reached out to IT to see if there is anything we can do about the outdated version on Google.”


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They need to put a mezuzah on the door, and write Gamse’s name on it.

The Union’s fine with mezuzahs. So long as it’s done with Union labor.

    Steven Brizel in reply to Albigensian. | December 20, 2021 at 6:03 am

    There is no reason why both trees and Mezuzis should not be permitted

    henrybowman in reply to Albigensian. | December 20, 2021 at 9:25 am

    So that’s the actual beef — not the content, but protecting the union jobs?

    Never been a frat boy, but don’t frats, and not the school, own (or rent) their own houses? Why does the school union automatically have dibs on all the exterior work?

    This is not something I would expect in Georgia. I was subject to it once at a trade show in NYC. Innocently committed the unforgivable sin of rolling our own computer back on our platform a couple feet so the cord would reach the outlet. (Setup was my responsibility, at least at every other trade show we had ever gone to.) Immediate police whistle and everybody on the floor stopped working. Whats going on? They’re all looking at me? What??? The local salesman had to clue me in on how things were done behind the Democrat Curtain.

    Whata buncha babies. Thought so then, still think so.

      BillBer in reply to henrybowman. | December 20, 2021 at 8:40 pm

      Oh my gosh. You’re serious, aren’t you?

      Did they file a report and have ten meetings?

      Unions are ridiculous. They’ve BLOWN by being negotiation mechanisms.

The Friendly Grizzly | December 20, 2021 at 6:16 am

Does the frat house have a big front window? Put the wreath in the window.

A BIG wreath.

Think about it, guys. With the old policy somebody could legitimately stretch it to mean a frat house could hang anything, no matter how offensive, on the door and call it a “holiday decoration.” This way, the school can keep that from happening. I don’t like this either, but it’s fallout from a rule that helps keep the outrageous stuff from happening.

I agree with Grizzly: Hang it inside and make it visible from the outside, like so many of us do by putting our Christmas trees in the front window.

I was in a frat once, that lasted abt a year & a half until I discovered Army ROTC. I didn’t ‘fit in’ anyway & decided ROTC was a better business decision anyway. Went from paying Frat dues to being paid $100/month (@ the time) & making new car payments w/the $100. I had nothing to do w/it, but the Frathouse burned spectacularly one Summer.

Tour in Korea (including two trips to the DMZ), two years @ Ft. Lewis, WA, four Annual Training trips to Panama back in the day, a nearly six month Temporary Duty to Supreme Headquarters Allied Powers Europe (SHAPE) in Belgium, & activation & deployment to Saudi Arabia for Desert Shield/Desert Storm. Had the opportunity to visit Manila Philippines, Hong Kong, Bangkok Thailand, Canada, Amsterdam, Paris, London, Canterbury (England),

I still get Fraternity literature in the mail but ignore them. I think I came out far ahead by ditching the Fraternity.