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Fraternity Suspended After Posting Sexually Charged Welcome Banners

When students arrived to begin their fall semester at the Norfolk campus of Old Dominion University, they were greeted by three gigantic welcome banners hanging from a nearby house. The first banner read: "ROWDY AND FUN / HOPE YOUR BABY GIRL IS READY FOR A GOOD TIME." The middle banner had an arrow pointing to the front door, alongside the words: "FRESHMAN DAUGHTER DROP-OFF." Right next to it, a banner read: "GO AHEAD AND DROP OFF MOM TOO."

John Broderick, the president of ODU, released a public statement saying he was "outraged about the offensive message directed toward women."

He added: "While we constantly educate students, faculty and staff about sexual assault and sexual harassment, this incident confirms our collective efforts are still failing to register with some."

While some students thought the prank was funny, national leaders of the Sigma Nu fraternity suspended the chapter at ODU after the banners were discovered to have been creations of fraternity members.

"The Fraternity condemns the derogatory and demeaning language used on the banners," president Brad Beacham announced Monday. "Such language has no place in our Fraternity or within any caring community, such as that of ODU."

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