There’s a concerning trend in Tucson, Arizona, and if you’re a Wildcat still lucky enough to be on Greek row, there’s no doubt you’re currently walking on eggshells trying not to catch the wrath of school administrators. For the eighth time in three years, The University of Arizona has officially withdrawn recognition from another fraternity. This time around, Delta Tau Delta, a chapter at UA since 1959, is the latest to get shown the door.
The local chapter of Delta Tau Delta, which has been on the UA campus since 1959, was suspended by the fraternity’s national headquarters July 1 for “repeated violations” of policies that aim to protect students from harm and for poor academic performance among new members, a news release from the national office in Indiana said.
The chapter already was on probation with the UA for hazing, alcohol violations and other infractions when the national suspension came down, university officials said.
Fraternity brothers who belonged to the local chapter were provided with guidance and opportunities to mend their ways but failed to do so, the national organization said.
“The chapter demonstrated it was not willing to move in a new direction,” it said.
The UA requires fraternities to be in good standing with their national headquarters in order to be recognized as a UA-affiliated student group, so the national office suspension precipitated the related action by the university on July 2, the UA said in a news release Tuesday.
Pour some out for Delt and add them to an already lengthy list of fraternities getting the boot since 2012 that includes Theta Chi, Phi Kappa Psi, Delta Chi, Tau Kappa Epsilon, Pi Kappa Phi, Phi Gamma Delta and Delta Sigma Phi. Dangerous times for our friends in Tucson.
I understand axing an organization here or there, but we’re on pace for three a year. Something just seems off about that. Sounds like a book I read –scratch that, Sparknoted — back in high school, “The Crucible.” There has to be some John Proctors getting burnt (spoiler alert) unjustly, but rather than the setting making sense and being a radical Puritan New England settlement, we’re talking about a notoriously huge party school.
That’s what you are, Arizona. A party school. Stop acting all high and mighty thinking kids come to you for the academics. They go to your school to roll their faces off at day rage pool parties year round. No more, no less. You are what we think you are..
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