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October 16, 2013 | By Stephen Ceasar and Jason Song
USC officials placed the fraternity Sigma Alpha Epsilon on probation after a student from another college was hurt during an event last week. On Thursday, a visiting female student from  Loyola Marymount University  fell from a table while dancing at the Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity about 7:30 p.m. and hurt her head and neck, according to USC officials and safety reports. The student was taken to a hospital; her condition was unknown Tuesday. It was unclear if the Loyola Marymount student had been drinking or if alcohol was present, but campus officials said the fraternity was in violation of school policy.
October 15, 2013 | By Jason Song
Fraternities at USC will not be allowed to hold weekday parties and one fraternity was placed on probation after a student from Loyola Marymount University was injured at an event last week, university officials said. The party at Sigma Alpha Epsilon was not registered with USC officials as required, university officials said, and it is unclear how the Loyola student got hurt. Still, the fraternity will not be allowed to hold events until the incident has been investigated by a campus committee.
October 15, 2013 | By Stephen Ceasar and Jason Song
A USC fraternity has been placed on probation after a student from another college was hurt during an event last week, prompting campus officials to strictly enforce a ban on weekday parties on the campus' Greek Row for the rest of the semester, authorities said. Greek organizations are allowed to have large parties only after 3 p.m. on Fridays and are required to register the events with USC administrators and the Los Angeles Fire Department. But fraternities and sororities had been permitted by the school to enforce the policy themselves and often had unapproved "mixers" during the week, according to students.
October 15, 2013 | Steve Lopez
Ricky Lewis was driving along Florence Avenue on April 29, 1992, when the neighborhood erupted. "I saw all the crowds and thought, 'What is going on here?'" He was witnessing, as he soon learned, a defining moment in Los Angeles. The verdict had just landed in the trial of the officers who beat Rodney G. King senseless, and the rioting that followed would lead to dozens of deaths and hundreds of injuries. Fires flared, businesses were looted, and National Guard and Marine units were called in. Lewis, a University of the Pacific graduate and member of the predominantly black Omega Psi Phi fraternity, lived in South L.A., and he understood the reaction to the verdict as well as how the long cycle of economic decline in the neighborhood fueled the anger.
May 2, 2013 | By Jeremiah Dobruck
A  UC Irvine  fraternity has volunteered to suspend itself after it was blasted for a member-produced video that featured a student in blackface. Lambda Theta Delta announced Wednesday that it would cancel all major events and stop operating as a UCI-sanctioned organization until fall 2014. "This decision is mainly due to the abhorrent, insensitive and highly offensive 'blackface' video created by our members that has been circulated widely on the Internet," members of the Asian fraternity said in a  statement on their Facebook page . Lambda Theta Delta  came under fire  toward the end of April for the video on its YouTube page that showed four of its members lip-syncing to the Justin Timberlake/ Jay-Z  song "Suit and Tie. " The student playing Jay-Z wore blackface in the video.
April 26, 2013 | By Jeremiah Dobruck
A UC Irvine fraternity is trying to distance itself from a member-produced video featuring a man in blackface. But UCI's Black Student Union says it's an example of racial insensitivity that is common on campus, according to the Daily Pilot . This month, members of Lambda Theta Delta, a historically Asian American fraternity, filmed four students lip-syncing to the Justin Timberlake and Jay-Z song "Suit and Tie. " The fraternity...
April 25, 2013 | By Ari Bloomekatz
Officials at UC Irvine have launched an investigation after a public outcry over a recent video produced by students from a fraternity that showed a person in blackface . Thomas Parham , UC Irvine's vice chancellor for student affairs, said Thursday that he was notified of the video earlier this week and that it involved four students who were doing a parody of a song that included mimicking performers like Justin Timberlake ...
February 28, 2013 | By Marisa Gerber and Tina Susman, This post has been corrected, as indicated below.
A rally for the transgender community echoed from an unexpected corner of the country this week: a Boston fraternity. Members of Emerson College's Phi Alpha Tau fraternity made national news by raising money to pay for Donnie Collins' gender transition surgery. The 20-year-old visual media arts student, who was born a girl, figured there was only one group that could make his $8,125 female-to-male breast surgery happen: his insurance company. Then came the dreaded phone call.
February 7, 2013 | By David Zucchino
DURHAM, N.C. -- The Duke University fraternity that threw a party mocking Asians has been suspended by its national office for "inappropriate and insensitive" behavior. Photos from a Feb. 1 party hosted by Kappa Sigma fraternity were posted on Facebook, showing partygoers dressed in Asian gowns and conical caps, some with chopsticks in their hair.  An invitation emailed to Duke students was addressed, "Herro Nice Duke Peopre!!" and closed with, "Chank You. " Mitchell B. Wilson, executive director of the national Kappa Sigma fraternity in Charlottesville, Va., said in a telephone interview Thursday that the Duke fraternity, known as the Eta Prime Chapter, had been ordered to cease all activities.
November 2, 2012 | By Marissa Gluck
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.
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