Miami University fraternity members appear in court


SOME HAVE ONE CHARGE AGAINST
THEM. MOST HAVE SEVERAL. 14 OF THE 18 WERE ARRAIGNED. WEARING SUIT COATS AND BLAZERS
BEFITTING UPWARDLY MOBILE YOUNG
MEN.>>MR. WEBSTER HAS INFORMED ME
THAT HE HAS EXAMS THAT WEEK. BUT HE WOULD BE FREE ON DECEMBER
13 WHICH I BELIEVE YOU’VE SET
FOR A COUPLE OF OTHER
DEFENDANTS. JOHN: THEY’RE UP ON CHARGES THAT
RUN CONTRARY TO UPWARDLY MOBILE. ASSAULT AND CRIMINAL HAZING,
FACING THE POTENTIAL OF SIX
MONTHS OR MORE, IF CONVICTED.>>THE PLEA WILL BE NOT GUILTY,
YOUR HONOR. JOHN: ATTORNEY MIKE ALLEN,
REPRESENTING MICHAEL KEEN, A
STUDENT FROM DENVER.>>A FINE YOUNG MAN. HE’S SPORTING A 3.5 GPA. COMES FROM COLORADO. HAS A SPORTS MANAGEMENT
BACKGROUND. THAT’S WHAT HE WANTS TO DO. JOHN: ACCORDING TO ALLEN, KEEN
WAS A PERIPHERAL PLAYER IN THE
BLINDFOLDING, BEATING AND
KICKING OF A PLEDGE AT DELTA TAU
DELTA LAST MARCH. AND THAT THE MANY SHOULD NOT END
UP WITH A CRIMINAL RECORD
BECAUSE OF A COUPLE BAD ACTORS. IN THE CAMPUS CHILL OF THIS
NOVEMBER DAY, THE HEAT OF THE
HAZING CASE HAS TURNED HIGHER.>>EVERYONE’S A LOT MORE AWARE
OF WHAT’S GOING ON. EVERYONE’S BEEN CAUTIOUS OF WHAT
THEY SAY AND HOW THEY DO THINGS. JOHN: 30% OF MIAMI’S 17,000
STUDENTS ARE PART OF GREEK LIFE. THERE ARE TWENTY-TWO SORORITIES
AND TWENTY-FIVE FRATERNITIES AT
THIS UNIVERSITY. THEY REPORT TO SCOTT WALTER, WHO
BELIEVES THE INTENSIFIED FOCUS
ON HAZING, LIVE-IN ADVISORS AND
HIGHER GPA REQUIREMENTS ARE
HAVING A PRODUCTIVE IMPACT
>>THE MAJORITY OF OUR CHAPTERS IN THE LAST YEAR, THE MAJORITY
OF OUR MEMBERS ARE MEETING THESE
STANDARDS, ARE TRYING TO MEET
THESE STANDARDS. JOHN: SEVERAL DEFENDANTS, LIKE
THIS YOUNG MAN, ARE FACING ONE
COUNT OF ASSAULT. JONATHAN RAUCH, WHO IS WORKING
IN CHICAGO, IS ANOTHER ONE. HE WOULD NOT WAIVE HIS RIGHT TO
A SPEEDY TRIAL

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