More trouble in University of Nevada greek system

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Updated: 11/22/2012 9:24 am
RENO, Nev. (KRNV & -- For the second time in two weeks a greek organization on the University of Nevada campus is suspended. This time the suspension is for five years.

The Lambda Chi Alpha house is closed after its national office and the university decided the members weren't living by their codes of conduct.

"They took our name but they didn't take our brotherhood," said Lambda Chi chapter president Tony Castaneda. 

Castaneda says the fraternity was already on probation and neglected to fill out required paperwork to have alcohol in the house.

"Every fraternity has parties and they do it pretty much every weekend and it's just the fact that we were the fraternity that got caught," Castaneda said.

"University of Nevada Media Relations Director Jane Tors says the greek system should be about community not drinking.

"It really can give us pause to stop and sort of revisit what's our responsibility as a university in this, what's the responsibility of the national organization, and what's the responsibility of the students," Tors said. 

Castaneda says for him greek life was something more. 

"I know a lot of people join for parties and sorority girls, but I honestly did join for brotherhood," Castaneda said. 

"That's one of the things we're trying to do right now is re-shape how everybody views greek life at Nevada," said Kenny Tedford, president-elect of Alpha Tau Omega. 

Tedford takes over as president of in January and he comes from a long line of ATOs. 

"I've seen the bad that can happen inside of greek, but being a part of ATO now I also see exactly what it truly means to be greek and to give back to the community," Tedford said. 

ATO was suspended a few years ago and is working on to rebuild its image and get its national charter back.

"Working together and becoming closer over building this thing into something that we can be proud of and we are proud of," said ATO philanthropy chair Will Bouldin. "It really has given me a sense of purpose, a sense of existence."

"I would say that the ATO house has been a real success story in terms of their effort to come back and to build a strong chapter," Tors said. 

Castaneda says Lambda Chi will be back too.

"I don't doubt that a lot of us will come back and restart the chapter in five years and see it stronger than ever," Castaneda said. "I do have a lot of hope."
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