Education: The Case at Brown

Fraternity pledge week at Brown University, as on many another U.S. campus, is traditionally a raucous, roughhouse affair. Last week, with one undergraduate dead and others in bandages, shocked Brown students themselves admitted that their happy customs had gone too far.

As a finale to Brown's pledge week, fraternity men had made the rounds of chapter houses to "congratulate" each other. As had happened before, the congratulations led to free-for-alls. At Beta Theta Pi, the brothers stood off a small invasion for a while, finally had to call for police help. Elsewhere, windows were smashed, streetlights broken, a U.S. mailbox ripped from...