In a week of controversial fraternity house banners, some Western Kentucky students are making a statement ahead of the Hilltoppers’ upcoming game against Vanderbilt on Saturday.
WKU’s chapter of Lamda Chi Alpha hung banners this week mocking Vanderbilt for having four former players accused of sexual assault.
— Adam Sparks (@AdamSparks) September 22, 2016
The Tennessean’s Adam Sparks reported that there were other banners around campus by other students not affiliated with the fraternity as well. The university reprimanded the fraternity and that the banners were taken down Wednesday night.
Among the messages on the banners:
-“Vandy goes to court. WKU goes to bowl games.”
-“Vandy anchors down lifetime sentences. T-O-P-S”
-“Vandy catches more charges than passes. Tops by 90.”
-“Vandy posted Brock Turner’s bail. #BeatVandy. SEC?”
The president of the fraternity, Alex Hawkins, apologized for the banners, saying they were “not in any way meant to make fun of women or sexual assault allegations associated with the Vanderbilt football team, this was simply an immature joke.”
Four former Vanderbilt players were accused of sexual assault in 2013. Corey Batey was convicted and sentenced to 15 years in prison this summer. Another former player, Brandon Vandenburg, has been convicted but has not been sentenced. The other two players, Brandon E. Banks and Jaborian “Tip” McKenzie, are working on plea deals, according to Sparks.