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SDSU Frats: Parties Off, Anti-Rape Courses On

Leaders agree to suspend social activities

(Newser) - Shameful behavior at an anti-rape march last Friday appears to have been the last straw at San Diego State University, where fraternity and sorority socializing has been suspended. Leaders of the Greek system say partying will be on hold until members of the groups have attended sexual assault prevention courses,... More »

Death to the Fraternity System

We can't trust 'reform': Jordan Sargent

(Newser) - A report about an alleged gang rape at the University of Virginia shut down the school's fraternities until Jan. 9—but actually, "the right time to bring back the fraternities is never," writes Jordan Sargent at Gawker . It's time, he says, to do away with a... More »

Gang-Rape Report Shuts Down UVa Frats Until January

President calls on those with information to come forward

(Newser) - A Rolling Stone report on an alleged gang rape at a University of Virginia fraternity has prompted the school's president to suspend all frats until the spring semester. In an open letter to students and staff today, president Teresa Sullivan calls for "the collective strength of the members... More »

WVU Puts Frats on Ice After 'Catastrophic Emergency'

Sororities, too, after Nolan Michael Burch found unconscious

(Newser) - Two fraternity incidents in less than two weeks spurred West Virginia University to take rather drastic action yesterday: It suspended all frat and sorority activities. The moratorium was imposed after 18-year-old Nolan Michael Burch was found by police unconscious and not breathing Wednesday evening at the Kappa Sigma house; an... More »

'Fireball Whisky' Yanked Over Antifreeze Ingredient

Not to worry: Offending ingredient is deemed safe enough in US

(Newser) - Fireball Cinnamon Whisky is red-hot in the US and gaining traction abroad, becoming especially big at frat parties and recently declared the "most popular shot for college students," reports the Daily Beast . But a batch of the whisky that "Tastes like Heaven, Burns like Hell" has... More »

University Suspends All Frats After Pledge Dies

Clemson student Tucker Hipps fell from bridge

(Newser) - The unexplained death of a 19-year-old pledge at Clemson this week was the 15th "serious incident" involving fraternities at the South Carolina university in the space of a month, and the institution has now decided to suspend the activities of all 24 fraternities, a spokeswoman tells WYFF4 . The other... More »

Student, 19, Dies After 'Gathering' at Rutgers Fraternity

Police probe Caitlyn Kovacs' death

(Newser) - A 19-year-old Rutgers student has died following what reports call a "small gathering" at a fraternity house. Alcohol may have been a factor in Caitlyn Kovacs' death, which is currently under police investigation; an autopsy will reveal the cause. The New Jersey resident passed out at the Delta Kappa... More »

Frat Pours Hot Sauce on Genitals, Gets Burned

University of Tennessee frat Alpha Phi Alpha suspended until August 2016

(Newser) - Is there a food-related theme emerging here? First, a University of Connecticut sorority and fraternity were booted over bacon hazing ; now a University of Tennessee frat has been suspended over a hazing incident that involved paddling and pouring hot sauce on a pledge's genitals. After several denials, two students... More »

Now UConn Boots Frat in 'Bacon' Hazing

SAE gets kicked out for 5 years over sorority hazing incident

(Newser) - It's not every day a fraternity gets itself kicked out over sorority hazing, but UConn has unceremoniously dumped Sigma Alpha Epsilon on the heels of giving Kappa Kappa Gamma the boot last week—both over hazing allegations by a former member of the sorority who said she was forced... More »

Penn State Hazing Linked to Freshman's Suicide

Police investigate possible criminal case on Altoona campus

(Newser) - Another potential case of murder charges related to college hazing: An 18-year-old freshman at Penn State Altoona killed himself last week while home on spring break on Long Island by jumping from the roof of a hotel, reports CNN . Police are investigating reports that hazing drove Marquise Braham to commit... More »

SeaWorld Burglars Turn Out to Be ... Frat Pledges

2 were apprehended, admit to also stealing ice cream

(Newser) - Amid the annals of deadly fraternity hazing stories comes one that involves ... marine mammals and Dippin' Dots. Two of as many as seven alleged burglars who busted their way into San Antonio's SeaWorld around 2am Wednesday say they were there on orders from a frat they were pledging, though... More »

'Deadliest' US Fraternity Bans Pledging

Sigma Alpha Epsilon points to dangerous hazing

(Newser) - Sigma Alpha Epsilon is, according to Bloomberg , the "deadliest" American fraternity: Ten people have died since 2006 amid hazing, booze, and drug incidents tied to the institution. Now, it has made what it calls a "historic decision": It's barring the practice of pledging, starting tomorrow. "New-member... More »

How Rape, Accidents Persist at Frat Houses

And how fraternities avoid legal obligations for what goes on

(Newser) - Frat-house accidents and sexual assaults are getting so common they're impossible to ignore—but how did it get this bad, and why does it keep happening? In an extensive Atlantic piece, Caitlin Flanagan looks at the history of fraternities and their myriad ways of avoiding legal obligations for what... More »

Student's Death in Hazing Ritual Ruled a Murder

Michael Deng was unresponsive after tackling

(Newser) - In December, a student at New York City's Baruch College was killed following a fraternity hazing ; now, authorities are calling the death a homicide, NBC News reports. According to the allegations, those involved in the ritual—which saw participants try to tackle the blindfolded freshman—took at least an... More »

ASU Gives Frat the Boot Over Racist Party

Tau Kappa Epsilon now expelled from campus

(Newser) - It's official: Arizona State University has given Tau Kappa Epsilon the boot, expelling the fraternity after it hosted a racist party last weekend—apparently to "commemorate" Martin Luther King Jr. Day. ASU says the frat violated at least four school rules—including engaging in discriminatory activities—and has... More »

ASU Frat Suspended After Racist MLK Party

Civil rights leaders say Tau Kappa Epsilon chapter should be expelled

(Newser) - An Arizona State University fraternity that was already on probation has been suspended after a Martin Luther King Jr. Day party rife with racial stereotypes. Students wore basketball jerseys and what the Arizona Republic calls "stereotypical hip-hop clothes"; they posted on social media with hashtags like "blackoutformlk" and... More »

Sorry Ladies, Frat Brothers Run Wall Street

Bloomberg reveals 'fraternity pipeline' that boosts brothers

(Newser) - The finance industry isn't just dominated by men. It's run by frat brothers who use a "fraternity pipeline" to push their brothers forward over other job candidates, Bloomberg reports. In an investigation, it reveals how bankers help out their buddies, including one case in which an Alpha... More »

Frat Email Offers Advice on 'Luring Rapebait'

Georgia Tech is investigating

(Newser) - Georgia Tech says it's investigating an ill-advised mass email within a fraternity that explained how to treat women at parties: essentially, get them drunk and into bed, reports WSB-TV . What's caught the attention of most critics is the signoff by an unnamed member of Phi Kappa Tau: "... More »

Drug-Seeking Facebook Posts Sink Florida Frat

Pi Kappa Alpha suspended as campus police investigate

(Newser) - Florida International University's Pi Kappa Alpha fraternity apparently didn't get the memo that social media isn't the place to go shopping for drugs. The frat has been suspended after its private Facebook page was made public via an anonymous email that included screenshots of 70 posts—some... More »

Drunk Frat Guy Left at Hospital ... With Post-It

Student had BAC of 0.47% after downing 20 tequila shots in drinking competition

(Newser) - Frat fail: An Arizona State University student who put back an estimated 20 shots of tequila ended up passed out in the emergency room, but his fraternity brothers were nice enough to stick a Post-It note on him asking for help before leaving. The 19-year-old is fine now, but he... More »

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