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UI ranked #2 party school, sorority suspended following a viral video

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The party scene on the University of Iowa campus is still getting a lot of attention.

Iowa is the #2 party school in the country, according to this year's ranking from Playboy Magazine.

“ Wow! I heard we were number one for a while, so I'm not sure if our stats got better or another schools states got worse,” said UI junior Noah Stepanop.

Playboy used a variety of factors including access to nightlife and musical events, creativity when planning social events, social media feedback among others.

Maya Nevels, junior at UI says she doesn't think the ranking should reflect negatively on the rest of the campus..

“I think that it doesn't really define who UIowa is as a school,” she said.

University officials agree.

Tom Rocklin, vice president for student life says in a written statement, "We are focused on our students' well-being regardless of any ranking. In the last six years, binge drinking among University of Iowa students has dropped 23 percent.”

Rocklin's statement goes on to say there's still more work to be done, but he's glad fewer students are engaging in high-risk drinking across campus and they will continue to educate students about the dangers of high-risk drinking.

The party-school ranking comes just days after Alpha Phi Sorority was suspended on an interim basis for singing degrading and racy chants in a viral video - apparently glorifying binge drinking.

About three minutes into the Alpha Phi video you can hear members of the sorority singing: "Now watch me chug, now watch me shotgun. Now watch me chug, chug, now watch me black out."

“It reflects more on upon the students themselves than the university because that sorority should know they are representing a school and that they're behavior was inappropriate,” said Nevels. "Completely inappropriate." 

University leaders and Alpha Phi's International Headquarters ordered the Iowa chapter to "cease and desist" all chapter activities, pending the outcome of a thorough investigation.

“It paints some type of light, but it's tough to judge a school what it does socially when we have such a strong academic program going on,” said Stepanop.

William Nelson, UI's director of the Iowa Memorial Union and Center for Student Involvement and Leadership makes it very clear in a written statement that the sorority's actions and words are not representative of the campus.

“This video is not reflective of the University of Iowa’s behavior expectations for student organizations on campus and does not represent our fraternity and sorority community as a whole,” the statement read. 

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