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Alpha Phi Not Facing Punishment Following Vulgar THON Post

Alpha Phi is not being punished by the Panhellenic Council after a member posted an Instagram with a vulgar caption during a social media competition benefitting THON.

“I was alerted by Alpha Phi leadership that this picture had been posted,” Panhellenic President Madeline Strasser told Onward State. “Panhellenic does not condone nor tolerate this behavior for it does not fit the values of the Panhellenic community.”

Here’s the picture in question:

alpha phi instagram
The username was @pikesweetheart and the post tagged the Bryce Jordan Center as its location.

And here is the full caption from the Instagram:

we #thon in 4!!! i really can’t wait this is the moment I’ve been waiting for all year. all our hard work and dedication has gotten us so far. the main reason I’m excited is because claire said that everyone hooks up at thon. i also heard a rumor that O in thon stands for orgy i read somewhere that if u sit on a dick then it doesn’t count as sitting down and they can’t yell at u #WhyWeThon @pennstatephc #SigmaAlphaPhi #LoveThat 

“In discussion with my advisor and our executive board, we consider this to be an individual action which should be handled internally by the organization,” Strasser said.

Penn State Panhellenic ran a social media competition at the beginning of February and awarded $200 to the THON total of the sorority that posted the most. One entry was considered one post on social media with a caption that included the following: @PennStatePHC, #‎WhyWeTHON‬, ‪#‎PennStatePanhellenic, and the‬ ‪#‎SororityName.

In order to determine the winner of the $200, Panhel went through and counted all of the posts before THON. Since then the picture and user were deleted.

“Chapters have policies and procedures in place to address this kind of behavior,” Strasser said.

In addition to not facing punishment, Alpha Phi was allowed to keep its dancers and attend THON for all 46 hours last weekend. In the post, #SigmaAlphaPhi is a combination of Alpha Phi and their THON partner Sigma Alpha Mu. The pair raised the fifth most of any Greek organization for THON this year with a total of $141,420.60.

Neither the past nor incumbent Alpha Phi presidents responded to our request for comment.

There is currently a Greek life task force on campus that will provide recommendations on how to improve the Panhellenic and Interfraternity communities at Penn State. Since the group was formed in the fall, we went a semester without a major Greek life scandal. It remains to be seen if this incident will affect the task force’s recommendations.

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