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USC Greek System On Hold After LMU Student Injured

Brianna Sacks, Syuzanna Petrosyan |
October 14, 2013 | 2:37 p.m. PDT

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

The University of Southern California may prohibit all Greek events after a female student from Loyola Marymount University ended up in critical condition. The incident occured on Thursday at a party on "The Row."

Other USC Greek weekend parties also resulted in significant numbers of alcohol-related injuries, according to a private facebook group message from a USC fraternity that contributed to the report with the condition of anonymity. The message said about eight other students were transported to an area hospital for reasons related to alcohol. The female LMU student apparently fell from a DJ table at a Sigma Alpha Epsilon party, according to the message.

Neon Tommy's sources within the Greek community asked not to be named at the request of their chapters' national headquarters.

USC’s Interfraternity Council has yet to confirm if SAE was the actual host of the party.

Sigma Alpha Epsilon refused to comment on the incident, as did many other presidents and members of USC's Greek system.

SEE ALSO: Greek Row And University Conflicts Are Nothing New

Facebook friends of the injured LMU student, along with various campus sources, have identified her as sophomore Carson Barenborg. Barenborg was close friends with a USC sophomore in the Pi Beta Phi sorority and had attended a few other USC parties, according to her social media accounts.

Sources also report that Barenborg is in stable condition.

The university is set to prohibit all events on the row and place a ban on all weekday activities, including gatherings and parties, according to Greek sources. A number of events have already been postponed indefinitely, although events officially registered with the university ahead of time will be permitted on the weekends.

This is certainly not the first time that the row has been placed on social probation. In March, the Sigma Phi Epsilon fraternity was banned from the university after multiple reports of sexual misconduct. In 2011, fraternity Kappa Sigma faced an investigation after an offensive email objectifying women was made public, which caused Former Vice President of Student Affairs Michael L. Jackson to ban informal gatherings on the row for an entire semester.

The university is also in the public eye for underreporting sexual assault cases between 2010 and 2011 and is under investigation for violating Title IX, a federal anti-discrimination law that requires colleges to impartially investigate sexual assaults. Many of these assaults were alcohol-related and a few occurred at Greek parties, according to Department of Public Safety records.

READ MORE: A Timeline Of Sexual Assault At USC

The university has yet to release any public information about the weekend when contacted. USC's Fraternity and Sorority Leadership Development Office and Student Affairs did not respond to requests for comment at time of publication.

SEE ALSO: Sexual Assault At USC

Reach Editor-in-Chief Brianna Sacks here and Executive Producer Syuzanna Petrosyan here.

*This is an updated version from an earlier report.



 

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Anonymous (not verified) on October 22, 2013 12:21 AM

"Neon Tommy's sources within the Greek community asked not to be named at the request of their chapters' national headquarters."

LOL yeah I'm sure no one else had an issue with you naming them, especially the nat headquarters of Pi Phi - oh wait, you did take the name of that USC girl out. Was that the 3rd or 7th edit you made of this AFTER it was published?
Cute

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Anonymous (not verified) on October 16, 2013 2:26 PM

Maybe it's about time our school stops with the worshipping of the Greek system. I'm glad I left it after 2 years. It's a joke with people who are MUCH more sexist and racist than you'd think. So much racism, sexism and homophobia goes in in the closed doors of fraternities. You learn a lot about the true Greek culture by being in one. I got over it. It took me a while, but I got over it.

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Alum (not verified) on October 16, 2013 9:56 AM

"Sigma Alpha Epsilon refused to comment on the incident"
classy.

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Phil (not verified) on October 15, 2013 6:47 PM

Good grief there's a lot of whining here from a lot of beer-bloated kiddies. Neon Tommy did the right thing in making as much public about this as possible. It's not an accident that CBS, the LA Times, and the Loyola Marymount paper all relied on Tommy for their coverage. Grow up. In this world our reputations follow us everywhere. Deal with it. Bravo to the reporters who beat every other news outlet in the city on this. And, USC, clean up your act and get rid of this plague of tolerated alcoholism!

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Anonymous (not verified) on October 15, 2013 5:18 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 too 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.

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Anonymous (not verified) on October 15, 2013 10:38 AM

Someday, when the girl mentioned in the article is looking for a job, her potential employer will easily discover this article. It won't help her get hired. She's suffering enough by being in critical condition. Be classy and follow journalistic guidelines like the Daily Trojan does and take her name out of the story. And don't forget the tags. Also, she's still alive, so if you insist upon including her name you can change "she was friends" to "she is friends."

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Anonymous (not verified) on October 15, 2013 12:58 PM

More easily then this, the employer will discover the very public information on many other sites.

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Anonymous (not verified) on October 15, 2013 10:02 AM

Someday, when the girl mentioned in the article is looking for a job, her potential employer will easily discover this article. It won't help her get hired. She's suffering enough by being in critical condition. Be classy and follow journalistic guidelines like the Daily Trojan does and take her name out of the story. And don't forget the tags. Also, she's still alive, so if you insist upon including her name you can change "she was friends" to "she is friends."

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