Education: Consequences at Cornell

Two of Cornell University's oldest and most bibulous social societies, Majura and Beth L'Amed, were holding a joint initiation ceremony on the eve of the Christmas holidays, and everyone was having a wonderful time. Then, as part of his ordeal, 20-year-old Harry C. Melton, a mechanical engineering student, undertook to drink himself silly. In about an hour, he had wolfed down more than a quart of Martinis. At that point he collapsed, was rushed to a hospital where he lay unconscious for 15 hours. For a while doctors feared for his life.

Cornell's Acting President Cornelis de Kiewiet went into action, suspended...

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