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Porno stains Greek image

Originally published in The Orion Online

The winners of naked hula hoop and ring-toss-on-the-dildo got more than they expected from Phi Kappa Tau’s porn party — their fraternity’s charter was suspended.

On Friday, President Paul Zingg suspended the fraternity pending an investigation and said he encouraged the national Phi Kappa Tau organization to do the same.

“Phi Kappa Tau has added to the case against a Greek system on this campus,” Zingg said.

To win sex with porn actresses, fraternity members stripped to hula- hoop. They also threw rings at a dildo held up by a woman’s vagina.

The hula hoop winner said the sex was the best time of his life.

“She knew what she was doing,” he said in “College Invasion 6,” a DVD that shows sex between Phi Kappa Tau members and actresses.

With black plastic covering the windows of the Phi Kappa Tau house, actresses Brittney Skye, Marie Luv, Trina Michaels and Mary Jane and actors Lexington Steele and Jerry entered a toga party in November.

Spokeswoman Nicole Henderson said the porn company, Shane Enterprises, was invited by a student.

But Rick Rees, student activities director, said the students were solicited via e-mail.

Rees also said no money was exchanged.

However Henderson said there was a location fee for using the house, but she declined to say how much.

Shane Enterprises gets hundreds of letters from college students requesting porn parties, she said.

“We chose Chico because it was a known party school,” she said.

Most college students want porn parties because they’ve seen the Web site, she said.

“We’re known as a young company,” she said, “and we like to party.”

All participants must prove they are 18 or older, wear wristbands and sign a release.

A handful of men were tested for sexually transmitted diseases before the party, and if someone who wasn’t tested won the sex games, he would get a hand job instead.

A second DVD using footage from the November porn party will be released, but no date has been set, Henderson said.

The first DVD, “College Invasion 6,” was released Feb. 21, but university officials found out about the porn party Friday.

When Zingg addressed Greeks in February, he said there would be no more warnings.

“Any fraternity which violates its own charter and the university’s expectations and requirements for conduct will be dealt with swiftly and firmly,” he said.

This is the first instance of a student organization filming a porn movie, said Joe Wills, director of public affairs and publications.

But in Southern California, porn companies soliciting colleges is a growing concern, he said. College, sorority and coed are buzzwords in the porn industry.

“Things related to colleges and fraternities are apparently a big market,” Wills said.

Greek adviser Connie Huyck said even if everyone who drank alcohol was 21 and everyone who participated was 18, fraternity members could be punished by the national organization because members pledged not to bring harm or disgrace.

“You take an oath to uphold your fraternity or sorority,” she said.

The members’ actions have consequences, whether from the university, the national organization or potential members, she said.

Phi Kappa Tau CEO Steve Hartman said the Chico chapter is indefinitely suspended.

But it’s too early to tell what the national fraternity will do. He said the fraternity will look for ways to use this to educate the members.

In the film, one fraternity member said everyone in the Greek community knew about the porn party.

“We got other people’s pledges ready to drop their houses and come to our house,” he said.

But the fraternity member said some Phi Kappa Tau members chose not to participate.

“Everyone who decided they didn’t want to do this are kicking themselves in the ass right now,” he said.

Fraternity President Dan Avery said in the film that the porn party was the best day of his life.

“Shane’s World in the house! Party fuckin’ like a rock star,” he said. “That’s what we did tonight.”

Rees said Avery isn’t proud of the porn.

“Hindsight is very clear here to him,” he said.

Fraternity members knew porn actresses would be filmed with them for a hardcore DVD, but they had the event for the same reasons many organizations hire strippers, Rees said.

“It was just a titillating thing to do.”