Fraternity hazing tied to decades of deaths



Fraternities have announced sweeping changes in recent years, but families of young men who have died in hazing-related incidents say it’s not enough.

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As first-time students settle in at college campuses each fall, Debbie Smith can’t help but feel dread. In 2005, her son Matthew Carrington started a similar journey at California State University, Chico.

He, like many young men, found himself pledging for a fraternity. That was odd, Smith said, because he had never expressed that much interest in Greek life. But his friend wanted to join Chi Tau, and he convinced Carrington to join him.

They expected collegiality, a place to call home away from home. The virtues of Greek life are supposed to include higher grades and a sense of camaraderie that lasts a lifetime.

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