A noose placed around the neck of a statue of James Meredith at the University of Mississippi on February 16 has led to the suspension of the university's chapter of Sigma Phi Epsilon and the expulsion of three of the chapters members. The noose probably also prompted The Atlantic blog to run "The Dark Side of Fraternities" which talks about why "the fraternity lawsuit is a lucrative mini-segment of the personal-injury business." In it, Douglas Fierberg (Michigan '80), labelled as "the best plaintiff’s attorney in the country," says of fraternities:
Until proven otherwise, they all are very risky organizations for young people to be involved in. [They] are part of an industry that has tremendous risk and a tremendous history of rape, serious injury, and death, and the vast majority share common risk-management policies that are fundamentally flawed. Most of them are awash in alcohol. And most if not all of them are bereft of any meaningful adult supervision.
The Indiana Supreme Court may not agree with that assessment, but on February 13 the court did agree that a former student could sue a fraternity at Wabash College for serious injuries he said he suffered as a result of hazing at one of the college's fraternities, Phi Kappa Psi. At the same time, the court dismissed claims against Wabash College and the national fraternity. Here's the opinion, and a story in the Indianapolis Star.