Mizzou fraternity life: Behind MU’s Greek system reform

Aug 19, 2018 by

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When the calls came in the middle of the night, Devin Tarantino braced himself for a crisis at a fraternity.

A police officer busted a party and is arresting people. What do we do?

We’re calling an ambulance for the guy who came back to the house obliterated.

How do you control a party that’s grown to 500 people in less than an hour?

It was the spring of 2017, and Tarantino was serving his first semester as president of the student-led Interfraternity Council that governs 27 of the University of Missouri’s fraternities.

The fraternity leaders who would frantically call him were 19-, 20-, 21-year-old men, expected to keep hundreds of fraternity members in compliance with university rules while living in multimillion-dollar mansions that the university does not own or control.

But the last place any of them would look to for help was the university itself, an imposing entity that seemed to only pay attention to Greek students when it was out to discipline them.

The dynamic, Tarantino worried, could doom them. High-profile deaths involving Florida State and Penn State fraternities had spooked Greek leaders trying to prevent similar tragedies. But student efforts were failing to temper a growing problem with unregistered house parties and unchecked drinking.

So when new leadership at the university initiated a sweeping reform effort, Tarantino says he was cautiously open to change.

Source: Mizzou fraternity life: Behind MU’s Greek system reform | The Kansas City Star

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