Education: One-Way Ride

It was about 1 a.m. when the car stopped at a deserted spot in Lincoln, Mass., and then sped away, leaving behind a youth of 18. For Freshman Thomas Clark of M.I.T., this was the last part of his initiation into the Delta Kappa Epsilon fraternity. Like nine other pledges who had been deposited about the countryside, he was left alone to get back to the M.I.T. campus, 14 miles away, as best he could, by 8 o'clock the next morning. But when morning came, Tom Clark had still not returned from what the Dekes call the "One-way ride."

After six hours,...

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