After frat death, CU bars freshmen from joining Greeks in fall
BOULDER, Colo. (AP) – The University of Colorado banned freshmen from joining fraternities and sororities during their first semester, citing the death of an 18-year-old after a drinking party with his new fraternity brothers.University Chancellor Richard Byyny said Tuesday that freshman rush, when students traditionally join fraternities and sororities during the first weeks of the fall semester, will be pushed back at least until the spring semester and possibly until the sophomore year.Byyny’s announcement came 11 days after Lynn Gordon Bailey Jr., a freshman from Dallas, was found dead at the Chi Psi fraternity house. Investigators have not released the cause of death but said Bailey and others had drunk wine, whiskey and beer in a fraternity rite the night before.”He was a freshman. He didn’t have much experience and got into trouble,” Byyny said.”I think it is a good idea if the students don’t have to feel the pressure of rush and pledging during that first part of their college experience,” he said.Byyny also announced that CU would collaborate on binge-drinking problems with Colorado State University in Fort Collins, where sophomore Samantha Spady of Beatrice, Neb., died from alcohol poisoning on Sept. 5.Chi Psi’s Boulder chapter has been suspended, and CU officials want it shut down permanently. The national fraternity said it hasn’t decided on the chapter’s future.Postponing rush is an overreaction, said CU senior Reed McClung, who belonged to a fraternity that disbanded last year.”Just as long as fraternities are responsible, it’s not a problem. It’s awful what happened, but in my opinion, I think it’s somewhat of an isolated incident,” he said.Senior Matt Johnson, whose fraternity was closed for disciplinary reasons two years ago, said deferring rush might be a good idea.”It might give them the chance to experience college first, and then get into the Greek system,” he said.
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