Frats Get a Manners Makeover

As campuses fight boorish behavior, the nation's largest fraternity seeks a manners makeover

As they do every week, the 90 members of the Sigma Phi Epsilon fraternity at Oregon State University file into their dining hall for a very different kind of frat party. The rows of scrubbed and pressed young men sit down to eat under the watchful eye of the brother who is acting as manners chair. No swearing is permitted. Napkins on laps are required. Small bites are urged instead of gulps. Scofflaws must do penalty push-ups or pay a fine into the piggy bank in the middle of each table.

Call it the new fratiquette, but these weekly civility sessions are...

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