Yesterday, we brought you the tragic tale of the carnage left behind at Shasta Lake after an estimated 1,000 people raged on Slaughterhouse Island over the weekend and then left, abandoning over 90 tents and so much gear and trash that the U.S. Forest Service is still cleaning up.

In a suspicious twist, some of the detritus bore the logos of the University of Oregon and a fraternity that operates there: Lambda Chi Alpha.

The other side of the cooler pictured above. (Jennifer Vick Cox/Facebook)
The other side of the cooler pictured above. (Jennifer Vick Cox/Facebook)

In response, "The Men of Lambda Chi Alpha, Zeta Omicron Zeta Chapter" have issued a statement, saying that "the individuals who committed the destruction to Mt. Shasta National Park recently seen on social media" do not uphold their values of "Loyalty, Duty, Respect, Service & Stewardship, Honor, Integrity, and Personal Courage."

Quick geography aside: Mount Shasta National Park is unfortunately not a place. Mount Shasta, the very large mountain, and Shasta Lake, the lake near which the mass abandonment of expensive stuff took place, are both part of the Shasta-Trinity National Forest.

Lambda Chi Alpha goes on not to take responsibility for the havoc wreaked on Slaughterhouse Island, saying, "Though it is not known who all was involved at this time, we find this situation to be absolutely unacceptable."

But still, they do apologize, first generally: "On behalf of any of our members involved, the UO Zeta Omicron Zeta Chapter would like to extend our deepest apologies for any destruction of Lake Shasta resort and the surrounding environment."

And then more specifically: "We apologize to the entire Fraternity and Sorority Life Community at the UO and our university."

Here is there full official statement:

The Lambda Chi Alpha Fraternity is guided by seven core values: Loyalty, Duty, Respect, Service & Stewardship, Honor, Integrity, and Personal Courage. Unfortunately, the individuals who committed the destruction to Mt. Shasta National Park recently seen on social media did not uphold these values. We are partnering with the University of Oregon, and the International Headquarters of the Lambda Chi Alpha Fraternity, to investigate this situation. We will, in no uncertain terms, hold the individuals who did this accountable.

Though it is not known who all was involved at this time, we find this situation to be absolutely unacceptable. On behalf of any of our members involved, the UO Zeta Omicron Zeta Chapter would like to extend our deepest apologies for any destruction of Lake Shasta resort and the surrounding environment. Our Chapter has reached out to the United States Forest Service to arrange for our members to help in the clean-up of the environment.

Also, on behalf of any of our members involved, we apologize to the entire Fraternity and Sorority Life Community at the UO and our university. The actions in which these individuals participated do not reflect our Fraternity’s values, nor do they reflect the values of our community here at the UO.

Our Chapter leadership has been in contact with the UO and our Fraternity’s international headquarters. Until the investigation into this matter is complete, and all disciplinary actions have been implemented, effective immediately there will be no Chapter activities of any kind. We are taking this seriously and are working to come through this showing our alumni, our university, and our community exactly what it means to be a Lambda Chi Alpha Brother.

The Men of Lambda Chi Alpha, Zeta Omicron Zeta Chapter