From an editorial Thursday in the (Raleigh) News & Observer:
Randy Woodson, chancellor of N.C. State University, is a down-to-Earth Arkansas native known for his approachability and friendliness, but in acting quickly to address a crisis in the fraternity system, he’s showing welcome toughness.
Instead of just closing the Tau chapter of the Pi Kappa Phi fraternity after a pledge book was found containing racist and sexually offensive comments, Woodson is directing the university to launch a thorough review of the Greek system.
Too often, perhaps because of pressure from fraternity-affiliated alums or to just hope problems will go away, university administrators avoid broader investigations of fraternity related problems. Woodson is right to do the opposite.
Increasingly, it’s hard to defend exclusionary groups within public universities.
Alcohol also is a problem. Fraternities have members under the legal drinking age, and it would be naive to think they’re paying attention to alcohol laws at their parties.
The “Greek system” is at least going to get the scrutiny it deserves at one campus where a chancellor has demonstrated he’s not going to stand for the status quo.