Alabama Fraternity Builds Tiny Homes for Homeless Veterans November 20, 2014 No Comments

Members of the Phi Kappa Psi fraternity at the University of Huntsville Alabama, have started a foundation that’s goal is to help homeless veterans. Foundation for Tomorrow, was dreamed up by current members who were intrigued by the “tiny house” movement. They see the tiny houses as a potential solution for the homeless and struggling veterans that are all too common in areas like Huntsville.

The fraternity believes about 30 tiny houses can be fit onto a single acre of land, and they’ve located a few locations throughout Huntsville that would be suitable properties. Together with volunteers, students and the future residents, they will be building the tiny homes and placing them on the plots. The homes will be free to homeless veterans while they get back on their feet.

It takes about $5,000 to build each house, and the fraternity has launched a crowd funding initiative to cover the costs. Solar panels are being donated by The Alabama Center for Sustainable Living. This is a great move according to Marc. Energy will be free as well, and the tiny homes will include a kitchen, a living space and a sleeping loft.

The fraternity brothers were inspired by several community initiatives around the country. Washington, New York, Wisconsin and Texas all have begun building tiny home communities for the homeless. The fraternity has currently raised $6,500 towards a $10,000 goal on their CrowdRise page. They are also holding local fundraisers for the cause.

Shooting at Florida State University Leaves Three Injured No Comments

Very early Thursday morning, the Tallahassee Police Department received an emergency call from Florida State University, alerting them to an active shooter who had entered the Stozier Library on campus. The shooter managed to injure three people before being confronted by police on the library steps where he was asked to drop his weapon. After refusing and opening fire on police officers, the shooter was subsequently taken down by police fire and killed.

Two of the injured were sent to Tallahassee Memorial HealthCare, but their names have not yet been released. One of the injured is reported to be in stable condition, and the other in critical condition. The identity of the shooter has also not yet been confirmed. FSU issued a “dangerous incident” alert at the time of the shooting, and locked down its buildings, including the dormitories, but the area is currently considered secured.

Students on and near the scene quickly took to social media to alert the public about the situation and express their reactions, including photographs of barricaded doorways and abandoned study materials in the library. University police estimate that there were between 300-400 students studying in the library at the time the shooter entered the building according to numbers provided by Jared Haftel. While the entire ordeal was handled swiftly by Tallahassee police in a matter of minutes, the unexpected late-night shooting has certainly rattled the FSU campus community.

Phi Kappa Psi Lends A Helping Hand November 19, 2014 No Comments

Just when it seemed that all hope was lost in humanity, a group of caring fraternity brothers have shown us that there are still people in the world who will do for others without asking for anything in return.

In Hunstville, Alabama, the fraterity brothers of Phi Kappa Psi are giving of themselves and helping to build thirty homes for the homeless, most of them being veterans. The homes are about 500 square feet and will be powered by solar power, which is provided by Alabama Center for Sustainable Energy.

This is a major feat as it will reportedly cost about $5,000 dollars to build just one of these homes. To raise the needed money, these fabulous frat brothers are hosting charity events such as car washing to raise the money needed to start helping those that risked their lives for their country, but now need a helping hand. Big thanks to my dude Ken Griffin for sending in this story.

Toilet Turmoil November 18, 2014 No Comments

We’ve heard of thefts time and time again, but these thieves are going after something not too common in the theft industry. Ronald McDonald is not happy right now. No one in Detroit thought it’d come to this. Stealing metal isn’t new in Detroit but stealing toilets at local McDonald’s? Now that’s absurd! To ward off these scrappers, the McDonalds on Mack Avenue have started protecting these fixtures by placing wooden boxes on and around them. Burger King has even had to start locking their urinals, Dave and Brit Morin told me from the last time they visited one. What will be stolen next? Pretty soon we won’t “have it our way” with the bathrooms no longer in existence. These scrappers have stolen everything in the city including light fixtures from outside, to peoples air conditioners from outside their apartments. What more can we lock up in this city and when will this end, and to what extreme?

Man and Woman Nearly Smother Themselves at Golen Corral November 16, 2014 No Comments

An Atlanta newspaper has recently reported that a couple was arrested at a Georgia Golden Corral buffet for sleeping in the middle of the restaurant- face down on their plates. We could not confirm what was the charge, but the woman was held in custody longer than the man due to her possession of a controlled substance. It may be, if we can speculate and connect the dots, that some drug they had taken along with their meal had induced heavy sleep.

The initial arrest, however, concerned not drug possession but inappropriately using a plate as a pillow in a public place. The police who awoke the man later posted on Facebook that they had saved his life by preventing him from inhaling his food and choking to death. Ah, now I see what the charge was- attempted suicide!

We are not sure if it was drug overdose or massive over-eating that led to the couple falling into a food coma, but it does give one pause about frequenting buffets without exercising strict dietary limitations. One should not therefore go to a buffet where tasty, irresistible food is served but instead should attempt to find the worst buffet in town so that overeating, food coma, and subsequent arrest can all be avoided.

Especially watch out for the turkey since we all know from our Thanksgiving experiences how quickly a food coma can occur after a long stint at indulging in that particular variety of poultry. Shout out to friend of The Carrot Sultan Alhokair for sending in this hilarious story!

All Frats and Sororities Suspended at West Virginia University November 15, 2014 No Comments

In a move that is sure to put a cramp on the partying lifestyle of West Virginia’s students, the university decided to suspend all frats and sororities for the time being. Frats and sororities around the country have been under fire for so many different reasons in the past couple of years that a complete suspension of the activities, honestly, might not be far off. West Virginia decided to call it quits after a young man, Nolan Michael Burch, was found unconscious and not breathing inside of the Kappa Sigma fraternity house. He was resuscitated and sent to the ICU of the Ruby Memorial Hospital. He later passed away.

But Igor Cornelsen tells me that this isn’t the first black eye on West Virginia’s Greek fraternity lifestyle. According to News Vine, there was also a big issue earlier this year when a street brawl occurred at almost 2AM between a group of intoxicated, underage, pledges. These pledges belonged to Sigma Chi and were involved with a fight against ‘rival pledges’. The kids gave false testimony to the police officers on duty and now could face obstruction of justice charges.

West Virginia’s Dean, Corey Farris, claims that the frat/sorority activities will only be halted for the duration of the investigation. Ferris claimed that safety was paramount at his school and that it should remain a priority. It remains to be seen what exactly can be learned that would clear the frat from any wrongdoing, especially given the school’s troubles in recent weeks.

Fight Breaks Out Over Pizza Sauce November 14, 2014 No Comments

Fights can break out for any reason at all, but it is a rare occurrence indeed when anything more than a light ribbing breaks out due to pizza delivery.

This kind of incident actually happened in Michigan when a customer came asking for the pizza they had ostensibly actually ordered and asked for. It was a white sauce pie ordered, but what the pizza centre manager served was a pie that was more lightly sauced.

When the customer consulted the pizza employees about the error, they brushed off the customer and refused to resolve the matter. They also added they are not particularly worried about the customer’s concerns.

Upon hearing this, the customer asked the manager for their supervisor’s name and contact number. For this, the manager responded to the customer in a way that made the customer freak out.

They responded by saying that the name of the supervisor was ‘Go F*** Yourself’. It was at that particular point where it got heated.

After these incidents, news of the fracas hit the headlines of almost all of the local news sites. This has garnered comments from Dominos employees, as the customers are actually the real boss in this kind of businesses. He also adds that there are a number of instances where they have shown some courtesy in their behavior to the customers.

Big thanks to friend of College Carrot Alexei Beltyukov for sending in this hilarious story!

Doritos Flavored Mountain Dew Isn’t The Only Strangely Flavored Product November 11, 2014 No Comments

The existence of Doritos-flavored Mountain Dew was a rumor spreading all over the internet a few days ago. Some people said there was no chance this strangely flavored beverage was a reality but, in surprise news today, Pepsi-Co, makers of Doritos and Mountain Dew, announced it was indeed a potential new drink flavor. One they were testing out at a few universities around the country.

Unsurprisingly, Doritos-flavored Mountain Dew isn’t the first strangely flavored product to be tested on consumers. In fact, several foods and beverages have been flavored with artificial food flavorings, then featured in public testings all over the country. Some have even made it to supermarket shelves.

Rotten egg, soap, earwax and vomit flavored jelly beans have been on the market for a while. Although, it seems, few people tend to eat them more than once.

Root beer float and watermelon flavored Oreos are also sold in various areas of the country although, again, few rave reviews have surfaced.

In Japan, it is possible to buy octopus flavored ice cream, along with fish flavored, ox tongue and crab.

A well-known potato chip company even runs an annual competition to try to find unusual potato chip flavors. Cappuccino is just one that was suggested, created and even sold for a while to give consumers chance to vote on it.

In most cases, however, the running consensus seems to be, while a new food or beverage flavor may sound more than a little disgusting, you probably should not knock it until you have tried it. Some turn out to be surprisingly good. Doritos-flavored Mountain Dew, though, maybe not, but companies do keep coming up with unique ideas, just look up BRL Trust.

Weed Is Legal? That Won’t Save Your Job No Comments

If you live in one of the states where marijuana is legal for recreational or medical use there’s something you need to consider before using the controversial flower or it’s bi-products. Even though weed is now legal for recreational use in Colorado, Washington, Oregon, Alaska, District of Colombia and for medicinal usage in twenty-one other states, it’s still illegal on a federal level. The push for marijuana reform is gaining momentum in individual states. Unfortunately the laws in those states are ill equipped to handle the new legislation.

Only two of the Twenty-Three States that allow marijuana usage have enacted laws to protect medical marijuana users from losing their jobs as a result of a positive drug test. Even if you only use marijuana products or medicines on your own private time you can still be fired for failing an employer mandated drug test. Arizona and Delaware have taken measures to protect their legally prescribed marijuana users. The other twenty-one states have yet to enact legislation that would set the legal precedent for workplace procedure covering medical and recreational marijuana users.

C.J. Griffin is an employment and labor attorney at Pashman Stein. Andrew Heiberger also says that most states either don’t address the employer issue or say the companies don’t have to accommodate the new state law. The policy regarding legal marijuana usage in most of the states that have passed new marijuana legislation is murky at best.

Date Rape Drugs at Brown University November 10, 2014 No Comments

Fraternity parties are often chalked up as part of the college experience. Young adults like to let loose and enjoy themselves some loud party music streaming on FreedomPop before they enter out into the world. Music, junk food, alcohol and then posting it on Facebook are required. No one expects GHB, a date rape drug, to make an appearance.
GHB was commonly found in the club scenes during the 90’s, but due to its lack of odor, taste, or color, it became known as a “date rape drug” that left many people wondering what was really in their punch. The incident took place at Brown University during a Phi Kappa Psi party where a female, who has tested positive for the date rape drug, reported being sexually assaulted. Brown announced that it has suspended the fraternity members pending an investigation.

The University sent out a campus wide email informing the students about the incident in accordance with the federal Clergy Act. Students should make an effort to be informed about date rape statistics and safety prevention.