Wednesday, October 24, 2007

Sorority girls turn fine dining restaurant into a frat house

Vomit. Bar fights. Broken toilets. Sloppy drunkenness. My, how feminine and charming. It seems a visit by a UF sorority to the Columbia Restaurant in Ybor City earlier this month turned into a scene that would appall Miss Manners, and now the chapter could face discipline.

About 250 UF students - Zeta Tau Alpha members and their dates - traveled from Gainesville to the historic restaurant for a semi-formal date night. By the time Columbia staff kicked them out, the group had vomited throughout the restaurant, engaged in fights, and stolen liquor from the bar, according to catering manager Caroline O'Connor.

She declined to comment further to the Gradebook, but said in an e-mail to UF President Bernie Machen: "The group turned our 102 year old fine dining restaurant into a frat house."

O'Connor said 80 percent of the students, many of them underage, arrived drunk. Guys in the group broke a bathroom toilet and baby changing table and ripped a handle off the entrance door. » Article here



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