The New York Times article details a number of extravagant happenings and goings on at the event, but an audio recording claims to capture some of the strong language used by Queally, including a ‘joke’ about openly gay and pro-regulation Congressman Barney Frank:
(Q: “What’s the biggest difference between Hillary Clinton and a catfish?” A: “One has whiskers and stinks, and the other is a fish”) to unfunny and homophobic (Q: “What’s the biggest difference between Barney Frank and a Fenway Frank?” A: “Barney Frank comes in different-size buns”).
Listen to the audio here:
The event also included new members being forced to dress in leotards, gold skirts and wigs to perform skits for the senior members of the group.
U of R has been known for its push toward LGBTQ equality – including expanding its non-discrimination policy, as well as opening Common Ground, an LGBTQ safe space on campus. U of R is also set to hold a national Campus Pride event this spring to support openly LGBTQ athletes.
the following statement has been released by U of R:
The Board reaffirms the commitment of each of its members to promoting opportunity,
inclusivity, civility and respect. We are grateful to our faculty, staff and students for their
leadership in ensuring we are a welcoming and inclusive community and that we fulfill our
responsibility to prepare our students for responsible citizenship, principled leadership, and to
flourish in and contribute to a diverse, global workplace and society. We look forward to our
continued work together to further our shared aspirations.