Fundraiser started for OU Sigma Alpha Epsilon house cook

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Howard has reportedly worked at the SAE frat house for 10 years. (Photo: Indiegogo)

Howard has reportedly worked at the SAE frat house for 10 years. (Photo: Indiegogo)

NORMAN, Okla. (PIX11) — After a leaked racist video lead to the University of Oklahoma chapter of Sigma Alpha Epsilon being kicked off campus, a fundraiser has been started for the frat house’s longtime cook who now may be out of a job.

“Today we received the news that some ignorant kids have quickly destroyed something that thousands of men built,” Blake Burkhart, who started the Indiegogo campaign, wrote. “Because of these kids’ actions, many will be affected. None more so than Howard.”

Burkhart continues:

“Those of you who lived in the house, undoubtedly came to love Howard and his infectious smile (if not his chili dogs). He was always there to chat with you and more importantly, to take care of Mom B.

Well, that man is going to walk up to the SAE house tomorrow morning and hear that he no longer has a job. He is going to learn who has been working for. And through some cruel twist of fate, he has to lose the job that he has held for over a decade. He is going to lose his job because of a bus full of racist kids.

You know and I know that this isn’t the house we lived in. I’m positive Howard knows this too. I ask you to give some money to make sure he lands on his feet.”

The university’s president ordered the frat move out of the house by midnight Tuesday after video surfaced of some members chanting a racist song to the tune of “If You’re Happy And You Know It.”

The fundraiser has raised more than $24,000 since it began Sunday.

PIX11 has reached out to Burkhart for comment. To donate to the fundraiser, click here.

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