Web Editors' Choice 2013

By The Editors - 2013-12-24T19:48:39Z

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Hazing, Drinking and the FratPAC

Bloomberg’s David Glovin told tragic tales of fraternity brothers suffering injuries that changed their lives or, as in the case of one Arizona State University, ended them. That 19-year-old freshman, who was forced to shave his head and eat cat food during “Hell Week,” was found weeks later accidentally drowned in a river with blood alcohol three times the legal limit. The series, Broken Pledges, includes an article about a quadriplegic who broke his neck after being grabbed and dragged from a keg party. The story showed the difficulties students face holding national fraternity organizations to account. Another story detailed the power of the fraternity industry’s political arm, known as “FratPAC.” Schools like Trinity College, in an effort to curb activities, run into resistance from the national organizations, but also from undergraduates and alumni donors “who are mad,” as one opponent put it, and “are not going to be funding Trinity.” 

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