Friday, November 07, 2008

Delts Eliminated from Wabash College

Wabash disbands frat where student died

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.