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USC officials, Greeks debate hospital trips, strippers

Aug 23, 2011 9:01:00 AM - thestate.com
Fraternity members learned Monday that USC likely will allow them to accept new members later this week. But they also were warned they must work harder to halt underage drinking.

The school’s 4,000 students in Greek fraternities and sororities represent about 20 percent of USC’s undergraduate students but, according to two officials, accounted for at least a third of alcohol-related ambulance trips during the 2010-11 academic year.

“We cannot as a community continue to send people to the hospital,” said Keith Ellis, USC’s new associate director of Greek life, who took questions from a standing-room-only crowd of more than 300 USC students, most fraternity members, during a university forum Monday.

Ellis put the percentage of fraternity-related ambulance trips even higher — at 45 percent.

The forum was the first of three that USC is holding to find new ways to regulate drinking at fraternity events. Two more forums will be held today for national affiliates of the fraternities and USC faculty.

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