The fraternity brothers of University of Oklahoma's Sigma Alpha Epsilon have until midnight tonight (March 10) to remove all their belongings from their house. It's the house where someone spray-painted the words "tear it down" on Monday and where workers arrived later in the day to take down the Greek letters on its facade: proof positive that they are no longer welcome on the Norman campus following the release of a 9-second video in which some members are seen singing a racist chant.
The fallout was further evident on Tuesday, as two unnamed students who led the chant were expelled effective immediately, according to The New York Times. OU president David Boren said the action came after the two had "created a hostile learning environment for others."
The university's president had unequivocally said on Monday that SAE must leave the campus and that the "reprehensible" behavior of some in the video violates "every principle the university stands for." But as the controversy continues to unfold, it's clear that it's also affecting others outside of the Greek bubble.
Fundraiser For SAE House Chef
Though rapper Waka Flocka Flame was so disgusted at the frat's actions that he canceled an upcoming show at OU, the rapper is not abandoning the campus entirely. On Monday he tweeted out a link to a fundraising campaign to help out the long-tenured chef at the SAE house, who is now out of a job.
The gentleman, Howard Dixon, who is black, is the subject of an Indiegogo campaign launched on Monday by a former student aimed at raising $50,000 to help him land on his feet. "Today we received the news that some ignorant kids have quickly destroyed something that thousands of men built. Because of these kids' actions, many will be affected. None more so than Howard," reads the fundraiser pitch.
"Those of you who lived in the house, undoubtedly came to love Howard and his infectious smile (if not his chili dogs). He was always there to chat with you and more importantly, to take care of Mom B. Well, that man is going to walk up to the SAE house tomorrow morning and hear that he no longer has a job. He is going to learn who has been working for. And through some cruel twist of fate, he has to lose the job that he has held for over a decade. He is going to lose his job because of a bus full of racist kids."
At press time, $34,000 of the $50,000 goal had been raised.
Sooners Football Recruit Changes His Mind
After committing to playing football for OU, North Mesquite High School prospect Jean Delance announced that he was decommitting in light of the controversy.
The Texas teen said it was nothing to do with the staff or team, but that it was tied to "personal reasons." The move came just two days ager Delance proudly announced his intentions to play for the team.
SoonersIllustrated.com writer Bob Przybylo said he talked to Delance after the athlete viewed the video, which made the offensive lineman realize he could no longer stick with his first choice.
By Monday evening, Delance had already moved on to a possible spot at the University of Alabama.
Another Racist Video Emerges
On Monday night, the Oklahoma Daily student newspaper reported that a video showing SAE's house mother saying the n-word repeatedly while singing along to a hip-hop track had surfaced.
The Vine, reportedly filmed in February 2013, appears to be of house mom Beauton Gilbow, whom the paper identified by comparing the images to those on an GoFundMe page aimed at raising money for her after SAE's closure put her out of a job. (The campaign page has since been taken down.)
Another rally is scheduled for Tuesday night on the OU campus.