- New Hampshire: The fraternity at Dartmouth College that inspired the movie "Animal House" is under investigation over allegations that it branded new members. A lawyer representing the Alpha Delta fraternity says some members do have brands, but they got them voluntarily as "a form of self-expression, similar to body piercing or tattooing." The fraternity was already on suspension after breaking rules related to alcohol and parties (Lauerman/McDonald, New Hampshire Union Leader, 3/25).
Is the Greek system rotten?
North Carolina: Officials at North Carolina State University announced Friday that it will temporarily suspend events involving alcohol for most of the school's fraternities. The ban applies only to organizations governed by the Interfraternity Council—one of which was recently suspended for an offensive pledge book and another of which was suspended for allegations of drugs and sexual assault. University officials say they are planning to mandate diversity training and new accountability measures for fraternities (Drew, AP/ABC News, 3/20).
- North Dakota: Higher education leaders are visiting the state Senate Appropriations Committee to request more funding—which they say declined after the committee did away with a funding model that considered campus pay increases, inflation, increasing cost of utilities, and building construction and maintenance costs. In making their case, the university officials also outlined their past success and future goals related to retention and graduation rates (Burleson, Grand Forks Herald, 3/24).
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