National Affairs: Pre-Game Party

The brothers of Delta Tau Delta, at Ohio State University in Columbus, were celebrating. It was homecoming week, and the eve of the Illinois game. Across the brick front of the fraternity house a sign proclaimed: "We're Gonna Wash Illinois Right Out of Our Hair." Inside, the party ran on until long after midnight. Freshman James Heer, 20, an exmarine, was there with a girl from Cleveland.

Boyish Jim Heer, pledged to the fraternity but not yet an initiate, had been drinking heavily. He had also been paying a lot of attention to other...

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