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Wabash severs ties with chapter

Wabash disbands Delta Tau Delta

CRAWFORDSVILLE, Ind. ­ Wabash College is disbanding a fraternity chapter
after an 18-year-old freshman died of accidental alcohol poisoning at its
house.

The college says it’s withdrawing recognition of the Delta Tau Delta
chapter and ending its lease. Wabash officials say an investigation found
“a culture and practice of ungentlemanly behavior and irresponsible
citizenship.”

Delta Tau Delta executive vice president Jim Russell says the
Indianapolis-

based fraternity had hoped to work together with the school to
resolve the matter.Delta Tau Delta already had suspended the chapter following the death of
Johnny D. Smith of Tucson, Ariz.

Smith was found unconscious at the fraternity house on Oct. 5. Paramedics
pronounced him dead at the scene.

Wabash is an all-male liberal arts school of some 900 students.

By Hank Nuwer

Hank Nuwer is the Indiana-based author of Broken Pledges: The Deadly Rite of Hazing, High School Hazing, Wrongs of Passage and The Hazing Reader. He has written articles or columns on hazing for the Sunday Times of India, Toronto Globe & Mail, Harper's Magazine, Orlando Sentinel, The Chronicle of Higher Education and the New York Times Sunday Magazine. His new book is Hazing: Destroying Young Lives from Indiana University Press.

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