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October 13, 2012

Re "Fresno hazing death probed," Oct. 11

Too many hazing incidents at college fraternities end in tragedy (such as the recent death of a student at Fresno State University) due to the presence of alcohol. Why won't fraternities adopt the position of Phi Delta Theta?

Ten years ago, my fraternity banned the presence of alcohol in chapter houses. The decision was met with apprehension. Active members and alumni worried that we would suffer poor recruitment. Instead, membership is growing.

It's time for fraternities to "man up" and take responsibility. Phi Delta Theta is known for notable alumni such as baseball great Lou Gehrig, astronaut Neil Armstrong and President Benjamin Harrison — and, I'm proud to say, for being a dry house.

Mitchell Lane

Shadow Hills

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