Prank: Chancellor Condemns the Greek System

I wish I could say "Go Herman!" but can't. A prank email on campus.

Dear Students,

Many of you may be aware of an event known as Rush. It is my objective to warn you of the potential downsides of Greek organizations. I advise you to not succumb to the aggressive recruitment tactics used by these organizations. It has been my concern over the years, that the Greek culture of alcoholism and lack of respect for the community degrades campus life. These organizations present themselves as prestigious, yet are discriminatory, serve to perpetuate social inequality, especially with
respect to the opposite gender, and promote a lack of diversity. Many students have expressed concerns with regards to safety on campus,particularly due to Greek culture and behavior. It is my hope that a student's experience on campus strengthens one's individuality, but the Greek system emphasizes the group above all, without cause or reason. This is detrimental to the purpose of universities.

I hope that you will consider wisely.

GDI Chancellor Richard Herman

Update: Follow-up email from the Head Office using a lot of ands instead of commas.

Dear members of the campus community:

You may have received an email titled: Regarding Greek life on campus. This message was a hoax and was NOT sent by Chancellor Richard Herman and was NOT authorized by the campus administration.

Robin Kaler
Associate Chancellor for Public Affairs

This mailing approved by: The Office of the Chancellor


  1. yeah! pretty interesting, huh?

  2. Anonymous9:11 PM

    How do you know it was hoax?

  3. That's a great point. Maybe he just freaked, wrote that lucid email, and then recanted. Using a hoax as a cover up. I like the theory!

  4. GDI, of course, stands for "God-Damned Independents," the longstanding pseudo-fraternity. It's an old, old joke. (Properly abbreviated Gamma Delta Iota. Somewhere I've got a picture of myself with drunken buddies in silkscreened GDI t-shirts.)

  5. Yay, a coded element in the message! Glad you pointed that out! :)