After a racy performance in a skit show in 1971, the Keene State College branch of the Tau Kappa Epsilon (TKE) fraternity received a 30-day social suspension.
After six hours of deliberation by the Interfraternity Council (IFC) Judiciary Board on the charges brought against TKE by Student Senate President at the time Frank L’Hommedieu, TKE received a social suspension from Feb. 20 to March 22.
The charges L’Hommedieu presented to the IFC were that a TKE skit show, presented earlier in February, had nudity and obscenity in it, that TKE expected and condoned it but did nothing to take responsibility for it and that the perversion involved in the performance violated an IFC pact with the College Senate.
The Judiciary Board officially concluded that, “While nudity did not occur, it is the belief of the Judiciary Board the pledges were inadequately clothed, TKE did expect and condone it, but did not state that it did not accept responsibility for what occurred.”
The Judiciary Board also decided that TKE should submit formal, written apologies to all those involved.
The President of TKE at the time George Nostrand released a statement after the Judiciary Board made its decision.
“The intent of the TKE skit is for entertainment and not to be offensive,” Nostrand said.
He also gave no indication that this mishap would impact the fraternity’s pride.
“We were acting as human beings, and will continue to exist as a strong fraternity, as an integral part of the college community in the future,” Nostrand said.
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