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Phi Slamma Astroturf Jamma plan for Beth Mason tonight! (Updated)

A little birdie sent along this nugget in advance of tonight’s forum. Beth Mason is looking to create a show of support from paid Stevens students. This person apparently equates supporting Beth Mason for pay to crossing a picket line.

I was wondering if you could forward this to the rest of your house.

I am a brother of the Beta Theta Pi Fraternity and I have been working for the Beth Mason campaign for the past couple of weeks trying to get people to register to vote in Hoboken. Tonight there is going to be a debate tonight at 7 to a little after 9 or so and basically the gentleman I am working for would like 100 people or so to stand out side of the debate and hold up signs for Beth Mason and picket line. You will be payed 25 dollars to do this. If you would like to do this we will be meeting outside of the Beta House at 6:40 tonight. Also if you want to do this please email me with your full name and phone number at (name removed)@gmail.com. We need a good showing for this and its an easy 25 dollars to hold a sign. Hope to see you tonight.

Thank you,

(Name removed)
Stevens Institute of Technology 2012
Civil Engineering
(Fraternity removed)

Talking Ed Note: Da Horsey emailed the student in question confirming Beth Mason’s slamming astroturf party. Here’s the actual details. Payday much like vote by mail for the culture of corruption is after services are rendered:

Is there still time to make it for the event and get paid tonight?
My friend got the email.

SJ

Yes absolutely, i just need your name and number so i can call you tomorrow to give you the money. just meet infront of the beta house at 6 40 ish

UPDATE: Less than an hour before the debate an email arrived from the same Stevens student apologizing for the email(s) saying someone had gotten into his email account. MSV sent a friendly note back hoping he got paid and asked he pass a hello to his paymasters.

After the debate, another source with ties to the university stated the administration was well aware of what had happened. While MSV has not reached out for their comment, the sense is, it wasn’t well received.

No astroturf signage showed up this year on behalf of Beth Mason. Based on the odd looks she gave Da Horsey early in the event, it’s clear she wasn’t pleased with this coming out.

MSV is curious if anyone else will even cover this story. Often, others don’t for reasons only they can say. Da Horsey for one ain’t too happy with that situation. If MSV hadn’t continued to press on the Mike Russo Bribe Tapes story, it would never have come to light.

By the way, reading “The Jersey Sting,” and it’s completely engrossing. You can get a head start via Amazon and a free download of the first two chapters:
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Update 2: An unidentified commenter stated concern about yesterday’s incident writing: Please remove anything to do with the Stevens Chapter of Beta Theta Pi. They are an exemplar fraternity and this student made an honest mistake. There is no reason to leave his fraternity, and any other group he is a part of out to dry. Also, using our fraternal mascot is highly disrespectful. Surely you can show some class, and be above the mud-sligging of Mason and Co. and remove that.

Please do leave the entire article up so future students do not make this mistake and best of luck to you and your political party in the coming election. We will be doing our best over here at Beta to educate our young brothers against scams like this that could ruin ones career post-graduation for silly make a quick buck schemes where adults try to put the shirt over your head.

Sincerely,
(Unsigned)

Reply: Respectfully, there is nothing in posting the logo disrespectful  as the mascot is only used as an identifier and not a target of attack. However, it’s not falling on a deaf horse’s ears, but your post is completely anonymous and it’s not clear you speak for yourself, the fraternity or who exactly making the request.

Send an email privately to smartyjones@me.com to confirm. In the interim, MSV has gone ahead and removed the logo.  We are one community and while Da Horsey has no local party or allegiance other than a general reform minded anti-corruption mindset, the request seems genuine and has been acted on in that vein.

We’ve replaced the fraternal logo with something more tasteful related to the heart of the story.

Best to you and ∑ Beta Theta Pi
Da Horsey

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