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USC Cracks Down On Frat Row As Injured LMU Student Continues In Serious Condition

Melissah Yang, Brianna Sacks |
October 14, 2013 | 9:56 p.m. PDT


The Row (Brian Lee/Neon Tommy)
The Row (Brian Lee/Neon Tommy)
USC's Greek life was put on hold Monday night after the university placed new sanctions against the "The Row" in response to repeated hospitalizations of students at fraternity events.

Seven of the eight transports between Thursday and Sunday were USC students who were sent to nearby hospitals for intoxication.

An eighth student, Carson Barenborg from Loyola Marymount University, suffered a serious injury at a Thursday party hosted by USC fraternity Sigma Alpha Epsilon.

Barenborg's father, David Barenborg, said in an interview with Neon Tommy that his daughter injured her head and is still listed in serious condition at a local hospital. He would not comment on how she was injured but said he believed it was not because his daughter was intoxicated.

Sigma Alpha Epsilon and its events have been suspended, according to a statement by Ainsley Carry, vice provost for student affairs. 

"With regard to the case of a student from Loyola Marymount University injured at an unregistered party, the university has placed the chapter where the injury occurred on immediate social probation," Carry said in the statement. "The case will be submitted to USC's Office of Student Judicial and Community Standards for adjucation."

Multiple Greek members confirmed "The Row" was not on social probation, but many fraternities and sororities have opted to postpone their social events.

All fraternities and sororities are standing by university policy that requires them to refrain from social gatherings until after Friday 3 p.m.

Weekend events that are registered with the university and approved by the Los Angeles Fire Department will continue.

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USC girl (not verified) on October 16, 2013 10:48 AM

I'm a girl and even from my perspective I think it's clearly the girl's fault. I see drunk girls trying to get on stages and fall off all the time, even I've done it several times and hurt my legs. Yeah, there could be crowd pushing each other and all that, but honestly the girl most likely drank too much, was being clumsy trying to look good on stage, and fell. Why else would she be on a 6-foot platform? I don't think anybody placed her there. Also it's a girl from LMU, maybe LMU should crack down on their students on how to drink properly, I don't know, instead of punishing the whole row for some girl from another school. I do feel bad for the girl, because I know and agree it's fun being up on stage dancing drunk and getting attention, but it was wrong to ban the row completely. Just my opinion, but I think it's true.

Anonymous (not verified) on October 15, 2013 5:03 PM

The editorial decision to link and publish the name of the victim was somewhat questionable, but that the focus of this issue is now upon this media outlet instead of the Greek system's actions is just ridiculous. It is another example of how some entitled Greek chapters create havoc then try to criticize those who bring their wrongdoings to light. It's always Nikkias or the media, never the house that got too out of control. Never the house that covered up rape. It was the girl, who made the decision to drink to much. We didn't pressure her, we didn't create a culture condoning excessive consumption of drugs and alcohol.

Wipe the tears of public criticism away with your daddies' checkbooks, you do it well. If your actions didn't continuously cause incidents like these, stories of this nature would never have to be written. Your culture is a cancer to our university, a parasite that sucks the blood from any chance we have of becoming a top tier institution. Take responsibility for what you are a part of, for the shallow atmosphere of excess and privilege in which you thrive. The clock is ticking in our country, and the party isn't going to last much longer. Learn to deal.

Anonymous (not verified) on October 15, 2013 3:53 PM

Great idea on talking to news stations!! Makes our school look great!! You guys are awesome. Keep up the great support of the Trojan family. You truly embody what it means to be a trojan. Making our school a more unified and wonderful place one day at a time :D your parents must be so proud!! Cracking that story on the severely injured girl and putting it on display for all to see! Pat yourselves on the back ladies ;)

Nadine (not verified) on October 15, 2013 8:01 PM

Boy oh boy you DO have a problem! Let's just sweep all these problems under the rug and not let anybody know that we have a Row filled with beer guzzling gropers with 12 year old minds. You make me ashamed to wear Trojan colors.

Anonymous (not verified) on October 15, 2013 6:16 PM

so are they not supposed to report articles because it doesn't show how wonderful USC is all the time? they shouldn't report it because someone was injured? have you never read an article before or are you just plain stupid? Probably the latter. or maybe you're pissed because OMG YOU CANT CHUG A BEER AT A FRAT PARTY FOR A WHOLE WEEK!!!!! to the writers, i guess when you write something that make some upset because it puts an issue that they don't want made public in the spotlight, you are headed for real journalism. keep up the good work.

Anonymous (not verified) on October 15, 2013 7:06 PM

Hey, genius, ever hear of cellphones??

Anonymous (not verified) on October 15, 2013 1:26 PM

How did you talk to her father? Did you go to the ICU and ask for him? I doubt you talked with him and if you did that is disrespectful and rude especially when he is dealing with a tragedy.

Anonymous (not verified) on October 15, 2013 2:37 PM

Please go read a definition of 'reporting.' You don't stop reporting something because it is 'rude.' It's called freedom of the press.

Karen G. (not verified) on October 14, 2013 11:54 PM

Hey, dope, this is a different article than the original. All the comments are still there. Have another beer and be quiet.

Anonymous (not verified) on October 14, 2013 10:32 PM

I took screen shots of the original post and plan on reporting your writing to your supervisor. An apology is in order from Brianna Sacks and Syuzanna Petrosyan, the original writers/editors. Again, good luck getting a job with what you wrote. You pissed off a lot of your peers with your careless writing, citing of sources, and unethical behavior. Don't be surprised if your original article resurfaces right as you are on the verge of a legitimate job.