A few notes on stories we have previously discussed:
Fresno State/Theta Chi – Philip Dhanens, the Fresno State freshman and Theta Chi pledge, died of complications from acute alcohol poisoning (Fresno Bee). The Coronoer’s report indicates that his BAC was 0.36 at the time of his death. Dahnens died following a celebratory dinner and party soon after starting his new member program with Theta Chi. The chapter remains on a temporary suspension status as the case is investigated.
University of North Carolina – Three of the nine fraternity chapters being investigated for hazing at UNC have had sanctions imposed (The Daily Tar Heel). While many may consider these cases as minor, the steps being taken at UNC are important in preventing potential major hazing cases. It should go a long way to help address cultural issues on the campus. The remaining cases are still under consideration.
Andrew Lohse/Dartmouth – As we covered a while back, Andrew Lohse has signed a book deal to write about his highly publicized hazing and behavioral concerns while a student at Dartmouth. This week, The Dartmouth reports that a pdf file containing his book proposal has been posted to the Internet. It is posted to a site called goldmansnacks.com. The Dartmouth story indicates that the website is connected to one of Dartmouth’s “secret societies.” An initial read of the proposal doesn’t really break much new information, but it is an interesting story.
Binghamton – An editorial by Justin Kalin in the Pipe Dream (student newspaper) this week tries to differentiate between “good hazing” and “bad hazing” in defense of the Greek community at Binghamton. He describes “hazing is a time-honored tradition.” In reality, this editorial just demonstrates the significant cultural challenges facing the fraternity/sorority community, and the campus.