Editor's Note: All curse words in the original letter were redacted in this article.
An email from a University of Maryland Delta Gamma sorority member sent her sisters lambasting their social behavior during Greek Week went viral last week for its exceedingly harsh tone, liberal peppering of curse words throughout and frequent use of all caps. The letter and its public spread has now led to the resignation of the member who sent it.
The email, originally tipped to Gawker, began:
If you just opened this like I told you to, tie yourself down to whatever chair you're sitting in, because this email is going to be a rough f***ing ride.
And she wasn't kidding. The email goes on to call out her sisters for "LITERALLY being so f***ing AWKWARD and so f***ing BORING" during their social interactions with the fraternity Sigma Nu.
"This week is about fostering relationships in the greek community, and that's not f***ing possible if you're going to stand around and talk to each other and not our matchup," the letter continued. "FRATS DON'T LIKE BORING SORORITIES. Oh wait, DOUBLE F***ING NEWSFLASH: SIGMA NU IS NOT GOING TO WANT TO HANG OUT WITH US IF WE F***ING SUCK, which by the way in case you're an idiot and need it spelled out for you, WE F***ING SUCK SO FAR."
University of Maryland's Delta Nu house. (Image: Google Maps)
She also calls out her sisters for cheering for opposing teams during Greek Week events.
"YOU CHEER FOR OUR G**D*** TEAM AND NOT THE OTHER ONE, HAVE YOU NEVER BEEN TO A SPORTS GAME? ARE YOU F***ING BLIND?"
After publishing the full letter, Gawker received an email from the sorority's president telling them the "email absolutely does not reflect our chapter's values nor Sigma Nu's" and asking that the website either remove the letter entirely or redact the names of the sorority and fraternity mentioned.
This week, it has been announced on the sorority's official Facebook page that the member penning the letter has resigned. Here's the statement:
Delta Gamma has accepted the resignation of one of its members whose email relating to a social event has been widely distributed and publicized through social media and traditional media channels.
The tone and content of the email was highly inappropriate and unacceptable by any standard.
No matter who released it to the public or how it reached such a mass audience, the email content should not reflect on any sorority woman in general or any fraternal organization at large.
This is a regrettable action by a college junior – a personal email that is now on view for a global audience. And as all reasonable people can agree, this is an email that should never have been sent by its author. Period.
This email should not be depicted in any way as standard or routine or tied to any official sorority voice. It is not an official voice or message and should not be construed as such.
For the young woman who wrote it, we can only express our regret and concerns for landing notoriety in this manner.
We now consider this matter closed.
Watch this report about the resignation:
Read the full letter on Gawker here.