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On Fraternity Row, A More Sober Style; Many Houses Decide Against Alcohol
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The Washington Post - Washington, D.C.
Subjects: Bans; Alcohol use; Fraternities & sororities
Author: Argetsinger, Amy
Date: Dec 18, 2000
Start Page: A.01
Section: A SECTION

Thirty-nine of the 57 other fraternities in the national conference are allowing their existing chapters to keep serving alcohol but have decided that all newly chartered chapters will begin life as dry houses. Sororities, which have traditionally banned alcohol from their houses, have signed on as well: A new resolution from the National Panhellenic Conference prohibits its chapters from co-hosting a party at a frat house that serves alcohol.

Not all fraternities are buying into no-alcohol policies. Phi Delta Theta had to ask its chapter at Cornell to disband after members said they did not want to live in alcohol-free housing. The president of the University of Virginia's Phi Delt house spoke out against the policy in an interview with a student newspaper shortly after the national placed its charter on suspension for unrelated infractions.

Sigma Nu, which originally planned a sweeping alcohol ban like Phi Delt's, found itself making compromises, as have other national organizations. Now, Sigma Nu will allow its houses to keep drinking if they demonstrate strong chapter leadership and financial management. [David J. Glassman] expects that one-half to two-thirds of the chapters will meet that standard.

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