University of Michigan fraternities and sororities caused $500,000 in damages to ski resort after Animal House-style party – but frat and sorority members are ‘REFUSING to pay’ [Video]

by Terresa Monroe-Hamilton | March 2, 2015 12:38 pm

If you are looking for an example of how our culture is devolving[1] under Marxism, here you have it. There is no sense of responsibility… only entitlement. These students destroyed these resorts – breaking furniture, trashing rooms, breaking fixtures and caving in ceilings. They acted like animals. This was far worse than an Animal House-style party. It was wantonly destructive for the sheer hell of it. Then to give an insincere apology and refuse to pay? Outrageous. This is horrendous behavior from both fraternities and sororities. What kind of people behave this way? Even drunk, you more or less know what you are doing and in frats and sororities, you are literally your brother and sister’s keeper. I believe six houses were involved in this and almost half a million in damages resulted. Just shocking.

The Sigma Alpha Mu fraternity and Sigma Delta Tau sorority are being accused of
causing $50,000 in damage to the Treetops Resort in Gaylord, Michigan earlier this month.

From the Daily Mail:

A ski resort has issued the University of Michigan with a bill for half a million dollars after six fraternities and sororities staged a huge party that tore apart the hotel in an Animal House-style melee.

Originally, it was estimated the college students caused around $75,000 damage at Treetops Resort during a ski trip in January.

But a full assessment of the 45 rooms and connecting hallway – which was stripped of its ceiling – plus the loss of revenue, and damage to the brand’s reputation has seen that figure multiply by six.

And according to Barry Owens, general manager of Treetops in Gaylord, the fraternity that originally apologized for the damage – Sigma Alpha Mu – is refusing to pay up.

Owens told MLive: ‘The destruction done to Treetops Resort by University of Michigan fraternity and sorority students in mid-January is now near or beyond $430,000.

‘While an investigation is ongoing, the university has stated that they expect the students who are responsible to make full restitution to Treetops for the damages.

‘It also has become evident that the fraternity representatives have suggested that they are unwilling to pay for the damage that they caused the resort.’

He also called on Sigma Delta Tau to contribute to the payment, which includes cleaning fees.

Shocking pictures of a ski resort wrecked by members of a University of Michigan fraternity earlier this month are only half the story.

It turns out, members of several other Greek life organizations from the Ann Arbor, Michigan school held a similarly debauched rager at a another hotel that same weekend.

Combined, the damage done to Boyne Highlands resort from January 16-18 is also estimated to be worth tens of thousands.

Since then, the six fraternities and sororities implicated in the two parties have been suspended by their national organizations while the university and police investigate the incidents.

Sigma Alpha Mu chapter President Joshua Kaplan previously said his members ‘are embarrassed and ashamed of the behavior’ of some members.

He said that his fraternity ‘accepts full responsibility’ and ‘will be working with the management of the resort to pay for all damages and cleaning costs’.

‘This behavior is inconsistent with the values, policies, and practices of this organization,’ Kaplan said.

‘We will work within our own organization and with university officials to hold those who are responsible accountable for their actions.’

Similar charges may also be brought up by the Boyne Highlands Resort here members of Pi Kappa Alpha and Chi Psi fraternities held another party that same weekend in conjunction with the Delta Gamma and Alpha Phi sororities.

Resorts spokesman Erin Ernst said that the group booked rooms in two blocks, and caused an estimated $25,000 in damage by breaking furniture and doors, soiling carpet and upholstery, punching holes in walls and smoking in non-smoking room.


It’s believed that members of even more University of Michigan fraternities and sororities may have been involved in both parties.

Suspension by their national organization means the members of the six fraternities and sororities involved may continue to live in their campuses houses but can not participate in social activities, including holding parties or representing their organizations at university functions. They also won’t be able to vote in Greek life councils.


Three student body leaders also reacted to the incident this week. The joint letter from Student body president Bobby Dishell, Interfraternity Council president Alex Krupiak and Panhellenic Association president Maddy Walsh wrote that the parties were ‘an act of shocking disrespect’.

These fraternities and sororities should not only be suspended… that is nowhere near enough punishment for damage and behavior of this scale. All members that attended the events should be expelled from their respective fraternities and sororities. They should also be expelled from the University of Michigan. They damaged the school’s name and reputation over this. They should all be forced to pay for the damages and make restitution. Their families should be notified and their names should be made very public. All of that should happen yesterday, I don’t care what their excuses are. You want to party like an animal… you pay the price like an adult.

It has since been revealed that another disastrous party happened at another ski resort
about an hour away, involving four other fraternities and sororities from the University
of Michigan. However the Boyne Highlands resort is not revealing pictures of the damage.
Above, a wrecked room at the Treetops Resort where members of Sigma Alpha Mu and
Sigma Delta Tau stayed the weekend of January 17.

It’s estimated that both parties resulted in a combined $75,000 worth of damage.
Both resorts are looking into pressing charges.

All of the fraternities and sororities implicated in the parties have been put on
suspension by their national organizations which means they won’t be allowed to host parties
or represent their groups on campus.

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