This Orient article (Document AW, 47), published October 13, 1972, considers Alpha Kappa Sigma, the last all-male fraternity, which the author jokingly compares to “the hordes of Genghis Khan” and “the Brunswick Municipal Zoo.”
Although the article is ostensibly about Kappa Sig’s reputation as a particularly raucous house, much of the discussion hinges on its status as the last remaining all male fraternity. The link between its unique characteristics as the only all-male fraternity and the fraternity with the wildest reputation (whether or not that reputation was deserved) suggests that the two were correlated, at least in the minds of the student body at the time. This conceptual link between “male” and “rowdy” recalls much of the conversation leading up to coeducation, including the Pierce Report, which argued that women would have a civilizing influence on the campus social scene.
Particularly interesting is the allegation that Kappa Sig mistreated women students during rotational eating. The article sums up the fraternity’s response as such: “Consensus of the interviewed believed that the coeds came to Kappa Sig with preconceived notions about the house and that the allegations of mistreatment was [sic] in the least an exaggeration and mostly sheer fantasy. One brother replied, though, that mistreatment could have occurred, but this did not have the sanction of the house.”
There are no further references to this alleged hazing incident in that year’s Orient.