November 2, 2012 |
When architect Ana Henton first toured what had been the Phi Sigma Kappa fraternity house on USC's Greek Row last spring, she wasn't prepared for the end-of-semester squalor she saw. Leased to another fraternity, the house was in an extreme state of disrepair. “There were bongs and beer bottles everywhere, graffiti from other frat houses defacing their walls, mattresses in the courtyard, and a stripper pole in the main meeting room,” said Henton, principal at Mass Architecture and Design in Los Angeles, who even found party detritus hidden inside the walls.
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.
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October 11, 2012 |
FRESNO - Fresno police searched a fraternity at Fresno State University as part of an investigation into the hazing death of an 18-year-old freshman, according to newly released court documents. A search warrant filed in Fresno County Superior Court said detectives wanted to search the Theta Chi fraternity after its members evaded questions, leading to fears that they might hide or destroy evidence about the death of Phillip Dhanens of Bakersfield. Police declined to discuss the results of the search.
October 10, 2012 |
Written in the late 1980s and set in 1987, Jeff Stetson's “Fraternity,” now in its Los Angeles premiere at the Nate Holden Performing Arts Center, is a frustrating but fascinating play that has an almost spooky timeliness. The setting, scrupulously evoked by Edward E. Haynes Jr.'s handsome set and Elizabeth Harper's mellow lighting, is an elite black men's club in Birmingham, the gathering place for the city's African American elite. Sen. Charles Lincoln (Roger Robinson), a cocky, cynical political survivor, is running against his former aide, Paul Stanton (Rocky Carroll)
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April 19, 2012 |
Gunfire echoed once again through a neighborhood bordering USC early Wednesday, unnerving a community still reeling from the double slaying of two graduate students last week. A campus police officer shot and wounded a man suspected of robbing four students at gunpoint as they walked along the university's fraternity row around 12:30 a.m. The students were not injured. The incident comes as the campus continues to grieve the deaths of two students from China who were shot and killed April 11. The officer-involved shooting occurred not more than a block from where a memorial service was held Wednesday evening for the students slain last week.
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April 14, 2012 |
SAN DIEGO —UC San Diego officials have reached an agreement with the federal government to end an investigation into racial tensions on campus that began after white students held an event laced with racial stereotypes during Black History Month. In a settlement announced Friday with the federal departments of Justice and Education, UC San Diego promised to maintain an Office for the Prevention of Harassment and Discrimination to receive, investigate and resolve complaints. Among other things, administrators will offer training sessions for staff and students on the university's policy against harassment, and will make more efforts to interest low-income and minority students in attending UC San Diego, where about 2% of the undergraduate student body is African American.
April 10, 2012 |
Is it possible that frat boys could be so vile and disgusting, so drunk and disorderly, so utterly contemptuous of civility and good taste -- so egregiously out of control -- that their fraternity big brothers would shut down their frat house? For the rowdy lads at Miami University's Sigma Chi International chapter, thumbing their noses at society has finally had consequences. They got the ax this week from the fraternity's national executive committee, which ordered the Miami chapter shut down.
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November 9, 2011 |
The father of an 18-year-old man who died at a UCLA frat house has accused the fraternity and his son's friends of negligence, saying they essentially left his son to die after a night of heavy partying. Glen Berlin Parrish was pronounced dead Saturday afternoon after consuming alcohol and possibly prescription medications, authorities said. "They found my son hunched over, in the back, and no one had the … decency to call the paramedics," his father, Glen Parrish Sr., told The Times.
June 13, 2011
A harsher Honduras Re "Fixing Honduras," Opinion, June 7 Noah Feldman, David Landau and Brian Sheppard speak of the relative calm during the last two years in Honduras. Last March, the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights expressed concern about "the disproportionate use of force to quell public demonstrations against the policies of the current government, the lack of an independent judiciary and the situation of human rights defenders. " Nonviolent protests are often met by excessive police force.
June 8, 2011 |
"No means yes, and yes means anal!" That was the chant of Delta Kappa Epsilon pledges as they marched past dorms housing freshman women at Yale University last October. As a result, the fraternity was recently banned from all campus activities for five years. The hazing ritual was in poor taste, certainly. But did the fraternity really deserve to be suspended? Weren't the "Dekes" guilty of, at the very worst, the kind of offensive speech protected by the 1st Amendment (or in Yale's case, by the university's 1975 codification of rights of free speech and expression on its campus)