Yale frat party racist?: Yale Halloween Party

Published: November 3, 2015

Yale frat party racist?: Yale Halloween Party, A Google image shows the Yale SAE house just off the Ivy League university’s campus in New Haven, Conn. Students accused the frat of screening out minorities at a Halloween party with a ‘white girls only’ policy, which the fraternity denied.

A Yale fraternity member used a “white girls only” policy to turn away students of color from a Halloween party Friday night, students said.

A brother at the Ivy League university’s Sigma Alpha Epsilon chapter screened out non-white students from a crowded party at the frat house as students waited in line to try to get in, Sofia Petros-Gouin told The Washington Post.

“A group of girls came up who were predominantly black and Hispanic. He held his hand up to their faces and said, ‘No, we’re only looking for white girls,'” said Petros-Gouin, a Columbia student who was visiting friends at Yale over the weekend.

“He pulled a blonde girl up from the bottom of the stairs – over some people – pushed her inside and said, ‘We are looking for white girls only, white girls only.’ No brothers corrected him or said anything.”

Officials at the international headquarters of SAE – which lost its University of Oklahoma chapter in March after a video of brothers singing a racist chant surfaced – promised to investigate the claims made by several students about the party.

Yale student Neema Githere first drew attention to the matter with a post on Facebook the day after the shindig.

“I’d just like to take a moment to give a shoutout to the member of Yale’s SAE chapter who turned away a group of girls from their party last night, explaining that admittance was on a ‘White Girls Only’ basis; and a belated shoutout to the SAE member who turned me and my friends away for the same reason last year.

She added, “If you think that I am lying, I urge you to read the comments below and see the ridiculousness that other students have experienced on this campus.” One other student reported being in a group of minority students that didn’t get into the party Friday night and four others accused the frat of blocking them out on other occasions.

I’d just like to take a moment to give a shoutout to the member of Yale’s SAE chapter who turned away a group of girls…

Posted by Neema Githere on Saturday, October 31, 2015
Both the international fraternity and university officials sanctioned Yale’s SAE chapter after an investigation found a 2014 initiation rite violated the school’s sexual misconduct rules, the New Haven Register reported in February.


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