Ban fraternities
Dec 24, 2013 | 5257 views | 0 0 comments | 160 160 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Dear Editor:

The hazing ordeal that killed a 19-year-old Baruch College freshman raises an alarm. A CUNY spokesman said "We have zero tolerance for hazing."

Really? Than why does CUNY tolerate the source of that hazing: fraternities and sororities. They're a ruinous relic of the 1950s, as relevant now as Joe College, Betty Coed, panty raids, sock hops and the sweetheart of Sigma Chi.

They defy CUNY's goal of diversity by excluding, not including a broad segment of students. Pledges are recruited by race, ethnicity and other divisive factors. They endure a hazing process that makes Animal House look like Sesame Street and wouldn't be permitted in Marine boot camp.

As a result, one Baruch student is dead and several others face criminal charges. CUNY, SUNY and all private colleges must ban the Greek system on campus. All fraternities and sororities must share one set of initials: R.I.P.


Richard Reif


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