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"Brotherhood, community ... life-threatening intoxication"

Posted by Christopher Shea  May 3, 2010 11:07 AM

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IvyGate keeps score in the race between Cornell and a late-charging Princeton to see which campus will produce the most embarrassing fraternity-related stories this year.

Cornell has a clear lead in near-deaths, but the Princeton administration gets points for its approach to fraternity management: Unlike Cornell, it declines to recognize them as student organizations, or to engage with them at any level. "If you're wondering," IvyGate writes, "this means that Princeton's official policy on potentially dangerous, ritualized abuse is, pretty much: "LA! LA! LA! LA! I. CAN'T. HEAR. YOUUUUUU." Would you believe that such a policy has a downside?

Needless to say, as a number of pro-Greek commenters point out, IvyGate does not report on the positive aspects of fraternity life.
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