Laurence Bolotin, Executive Director
Zeta Beta Tau International
Dear Laurence Bolotin,
excuse me for urinating and barfing on you, but it's spring break, and I'm
drunk. (But not illegally -- I'm 68.)
Although I checked out ZBT during freshman rush week,
America was having a big overseas war at the time, so I never got around to
pledging a frat. Thanks for the free drinks.
years later I was drafted and served honorably for two years in the United
am embarrassed to admit that I took a certain pleasure from the SAE scandal at
the University of Oklahoma. This is what I have come to expect from frats.
I knew that Jewish college men would never
act like this.
a lot of advice for ZBT to move on from this unfortunate incident, but on
reflection, my best advice is that you should all go fuck yourself, and dissolve
and terminate the entire ZBT fraternity. And take the Jewish sororities with
you. America has a right to be spared further disgusting behavior from assholes
you all a non-life-threatening but painful lingering skin disease -- shingles
maybe -- I remain
Chesterfield, Massachusetts USA
Channeling my late World War II Army veteran uncles, including the one who was killed at the Battle of the Bulge: Go fuck yourself
oy oy oy zeta beta toy
what have you done to my little jewish boy
i sent him off to college to learn to read and write
now he dates a shiksa every friday night
i sent him off to college to learn to read and spell
now he thinks boruch atoh is a football yell
I sent him off to college to learn the jewish way
now he thinks a horah is a girl who's gone astray
-- popular college ditty circa 1920s
New York Daily News
tabloid, New York City USA
Friday 24 April 2015
by Sasha Goldstein
Three University of Florida students were kicked out of their
fraternity after the group of drunken bros spit on and insulted a group
of wounded military veterans enjoying a biannual retreat in Panama City
The fallout comes after reports of boorish behavior by members of Zeta
Beta Tau at the Laketown Wharf resort last week when the frat boys
clashed with families enjoying the annual Warrior Beach Retreat.
"They actually spit on me and my service dog as well, and that's just
so disrespectful and it hurts,” wounded veteran Nicholas Connole told WJHG-TV. “I come and I feel honored and I feel safe and that I belong, but now I feel like I'm defending myself.”
Among other allegations against the students, who came from chapters at
UF and Emory University in Atlanta, were claims the rowdy revelers
stole American flags from the wounded vets, who hold parades and visit
the beach during the weekend retreat.
"They're a total disgrace for our military," Warrior Beach Retreat founder and organizer Linda Cope told [television station] WJHG.
"They were urinating on the American flag, they were throwing things off of the balconies."
The bottle tossing got the kids kicked out of the hotel, where the 60
or so wounded vets for staying for free after Laketown Wharf donated
$68,000 worth of rooms and meeting areas, according to The Gainesville Sun.
Cope started the biannual event six years ago in honor of her son,
Joshua, who lost both legs in a 2006 Baghdad blast. She was distraught
the event honoring the military heroes had been tarnished.
“These guys were getting out of control," Cope told the newspaper. “I was just in tears. This was supposed to be a safe place.”
Both frat chapters have been suspended during an investigation.
The Florida chapter was already on probation at the university because of a fall hazing incident, according to The Sun.
“Being on probation means the organization faces increased consequences
if they are found to have violated the probation requirements,” UF
spokeswoman Janine Sikes told the newspaper.
The frat’s executive director said the organization has hired an
independent investigator and is “committed to doing everything we can
to make amends with the veterans community.”
“We have already expelled three members from our chapter at the
University of Florida for inappropriate behavior at the event, and we
will take additional action as the investigation unfolds,” Laurence
Bolotin said in a statement. “In all cases, as we hold our members
accountable we will follow the disciplinary process set forth in our
Cope said the rowdiness may be an indictment on the college spring
break culture, which invades Florida beaches, including Panama City,
every March and April.
"I have not stood up and said anything about spring break because we
constantly want to get the support of the community, but if this is at
all indicative of what these college students do, we need to get rid of
it," Cope said.
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April 24, 2015
Statement from Laurence Bolotin, Executive Director, Zeta Beta Tau International
On Action Plan Regarding Panama City Beach Incident
We wanted to share additional details
around how our international organization is handling the incident that
took place last weekend in Panama City Beach.
- We are committed to doing everything we can to make amends with the veterans community.
We have reached out to start a dialogue with the Warrior Beach Retreat
and to offer whatever assistance we can to rectify this awful situation.
We look forward to continuing our productive conversations so we can
find ways for our two organizations to work together in the future to
support our nation’s brave veterans.
- We have hired an independent investigator so we can fully understand the facts and hold members accountable.
While there is no doubt that some our members engaged in unacceptable
behavior, it is important to separate fact from hearsay so that we can
take any additional disciplinary action. We have already expelled three
members from our chapter at the University of Florida for inappropriate
behavior at the event, and we will take additional action as the
investigation unfolds. In all cases, as we hold our members accountable we will follow the disciplinary process set forth in our bylaws.
- We intend to turn this situation into a teachable moment for all ZBT members.
We have hundreds of alumni who have proudly served our country in the
Armed Forces and many have reached out to us to offer their assistance
in lending their knowledge and expertise to the education of ZBT
brothers. We believe they have much to teach all of us about leadership,
accountability and service, and so we will be taking them up on their
offer. We also have heard from many of our members who are eager to
find a way to try to make amends and to better reflect our fraternity’s
values and our gratitude for those who have served our country. As a
first step, we will use our planned half-day of service at an upcoming
meeting to work with a veterans’ organization. We intend to make it an
We are committed to addressing this
issue in a respectful, thoughtful and disciplined way. While we
understand the anger and outrage over the incident, we ask for
temperance as we work to identify those involved and to hold them
accountable. The threats to our members and staff — including many who
were not involved in the incident — cannot be tolerated and we are
working with law enforcement to ensure their safety.
April 23, 2015
Statement from Laurence Bolotin, Executive Director of Zeta Beta Tau International
Regarding Panama City Beach Incident
Early this week our Fraternity was
made aware of reports regarding an incident between several members of
two of our chapters and veterans of the Warrior Beach Retreat during
independent trips to Panama City Beach. While the details of their
actions are still under investigation, there is no doubt that some of
our members engaged in ugly and unacceptable behavior. Their actions
have no place in ZBT or anywhere, and they will not be tolerated.
On behalf of our entire organization, I
want to apologize to veterans, both those who were in Panama City
Beach, and those who have felt the pain from afar, as well as to their
families and all who support the Warrior Beach Retreat and had worked to
make it a positive and meaningful occasion for attendees. I am deeply
saddened that the actions of our members ruined this special event and
failed to show the respect our military and their families so deserve.
As we continue our investigation, our
chapters at the University of Florida and Emory University have
suspended all activities and are fully cooperating in our
investigation. In addition, we have already expelled three members of
the University of Florida chapter from our organization who we found to
have been behaving inappropriately, and we will take any further action
necessary as we learn more. Our Fraternity also has issued an apology
on behalf of all of our members to the Warrior Beach Retreat, the
organization that was hosting the veterans to provide them and their
families with the opportunity to relax and recharge.
We are honored that hundreds of our
ZBT brothers have served in the military and are disgusted that certain
members of our Fraternity failed to exhibit the behaviors we expect from
them towards our nation’s heroes — respect, gratitude and honor.
We are committed to fully addressing
the events that took place, and will be hiring an independent
investigator to help us gather all of the facts. Short-term, we are
actively working with the resort, with the Presidents of both
universities and with the local police to fully understand the events
that took place. In all instances, we have a zero tolerance policy
towards this type of behavior and are committed to appropriately
disciplining any members of our Fraternity who were involved.
We also look forward to working with
our members to make amends for this disgraceful situation by identifying
opportunities to serve those who have done so much to serve us.
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