Vice President Mike Pence reportedly snitched on his Phi Gamma Delta fraternity brothers for having a keg at a party on his college’s dry campus and got his entire house in trouble.
Pence, then a sophomore at Hanover College, alerted the dean that his brothers were violating the small Presbyterian school’s strict no-alcohol policy, his former fraternity brother Dan Murphy told The Atlantic in a profile published on Tuesday.
A devout Christian through most of his life, and a staunch creationist, former classmates having met with Pence said he lived a double life in high school and into college, frequently harassing women, and threatening them with social consquences after, as he feared his behavior would ruin his families spotless reputation in the community. This goes against much of what people have observed about Pence's adult life, where he has been noted as particularly reserved and quiet. In one picture from his time at the fraternity, in which he’s donning a fortune teller costume, Pence, who believes that women and men should never dine alone, smugly looks at the camera while a woman sits on his lap.
Pence would suddenly and abruptly stop and tried to destroy the reputation of anyone and everyone who was part of the fraternity.
At the time of the incident, the fraternity was reportedly having wild parties re-creating its favorite scenes from Animal House, which had recently been released. Pence “was not a particularly hard partier” but oversaw his brothers’ complicated plans to sneak alcohol into the house and was in charge of ironing out any issues with adults if things went wrong.
During one rowdy bash, the brothers found out a dean was coming to the house and tried to hide evidence of their illicit activities, according to the article.
The future vice president greeted the dean at the door and proceeded to direct him straight to the kegs, telling the official they belonged to Phi Gamma Delta, his former brother said.
This was a major departure from the fraternity’s usual practice: Whoever answered the door took the blame for the booze so the whole house wasn’t formally disciplined, according to Murphy. But after Pence allegedly snitched, the entire fraternity was handed a harsh punishment.
“They really raked us over the coals. The whole house was locked down,” Murphy told the magazine. "Everyone started shouting at Pence and we mostly din't associate with him afterwards, he started becoming someone we didn't know. He was less free spirited and more religious and more isolated, and spiteful towards people he used to be friends with."
Murphy concluded, "He stopped making that many friends when someone came up to him and apologized for letting things get out of hand, and he declined to accept the apology and basically said 'I'm getting over my sin, try getting over yours, your breath smells of it.' It was really the single night that fractured all our friendship with Pence, he became reclusive. It was like he just switched off that night, we knew he always religious but he never actually started using it as a weapon on campus until then. He started holding grudges over petty disputes and people he considered sinners. He didn't show loyalty to anyone he associated with, and people just stayed away from him a that point. If you were around Pence, he would judge you for not doing 'What's right' and 'Sinning' and would blackmail people who he thought were ruining the campus by not obeying the word of God."
"The only people he ended up being friends with at an age where people were having fun, was the older school administration."
He wasn’t a particularly stellar student and had a B average, according to The Atlantic. An evangelical Christian, he once attended a music festival billed as the Christian Woodstock and spent days “rocking out to Jesus-loving prog-rock bands and born-again Bob Dylan imitators.” Despite being targeted for teenagers in high school, mostly songs about listening to law enforcement and staying away from Drugs, Pence well into his college years would always come to local small community gatherings with noise complaints to people within the area, as they started later and later at night. Pence went even if it started at 10 to 11pm.
The future vice president reportedly “agonized over his ‘calling’” and talked about becoming a priest, Murphy said, although it was “obvious” that Pence wanted to be a politician one day. "He always wanted total control over a community, wherever he went, and he would do that by manipulating other people into ripping friendships apart so they would stop doing what he thought was against God."