"I'm Shmacked" leaves JMU Early


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HARRISONBURG, Va. (WHSV) -- I'm Shmacked left Harrisonburg early after receiving backlash, especially from the Greek Life community.

This was not the first time the group, known for showing up to parties and making videos, visited James Madison University.

While some people were excited about the groups return, many worried about the bad reputation the video could give their school.

Leaders in the Interfraternity Council at James Madison University sent out an email to the more than 3,000 members of Greek life, warning them they could face consequences for any poor decisions made, specifically referring to I'm Shmacked.

Quinn Bonta, who works in the main office for Madison's Interfraternity Council, said it has been important for them to strengthen relationships within the community.

"We are here. We are part of this community. And, we don't want to be separated from that," said Bonta.

He said the office sent out an email discouraging participation.

"With the Springfest parties, everyone across the country heard about it. It just gives a bad reputation to James Madison University. So, you never know how big a video online is going to be. Or, who is going to see it," said Bonta.

Hunter Rheaume, the outgoing Interfraternity president and the former president of Sigma Nu, said the group tried to visit their house over the weekend.

"Basically their response was, 'why are you going to disrespect us like this. Madison is a lame school. You guys don't know how to party'" said Rheaume.

Rheaume said, it is worrisome for high school students to base their college decision off of this "highlight reel."

"It is not really a reel at all. They don't see the work that you do in the classroom, all the community service, and all of the clubs that James Madison University has to offer," said Rheaume.

After leaving James Madison University, the group went to Old Dominion University.


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