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SDSU investigating whether fraternity leader promoted blackout drinking among students

Gary Robbins, The San Diego Union-Tribune on

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SDSU police estimated that when Hernandez left the party his peak blood-alcohol level was 0.23% -- roughly three times the legal limit for operating a motor vehicle.

At the time, 10 of the 14 IFC fraternities, including Phi Gamma, were under investigation or suspension.

President Adela de la Torre issued a crackdown, preventing some fraternities from recruiting new members and setting new rules for how, when and where Greek organizations can recruit and socialize.

She also created two task forces, one to study the use and misuse of alcohol and other substances by students, and one to examine student health and safety.

The controversy about Plante's alleged text comes while the task forces are meeting.

The Feb. 8 text says, in part, "Boys, I know that sometimes I ask for a lot or that sometimes I am dramatic with when we can open and when we cannot open. But at 12:01 I am 21 years old ..."

"I know that the current exec board is very against doing something tonight and I completely understand that because I've been there, but also ... it's Saturday and SAE/phi psi are opening ..."

The text then appears to invite Pi Kappa Alpha brothers to party.

"If exec decides to veto their decision I would love to blackout with all of my (expletive) dawgs. No one else I would rather spend my 21st with. Thank you all for having my back and if exec doesn't wanna ope(n) ... I'll open my room to anyone and everyone please show up and black out. Plenty of floor space ..."


SAE refers to Sigma Alpha Epsilon, an SDSU fraternity. Phi psi refers to Phi Kappa Psi, another fraternity.

The message also refers to "Pike," which is shorthand for Pi Kappa Alpha, a third fraternity. Plante used to be president of Pike and is now president of IFC.

The word open "means that someone living in a house is 'open' to inviting others over to hangout," Plante said in his message to the Daily Aztec.

SDSU's Student Life & Leadership has not publicly set a deadline for completing its investigation into Plante's text message.

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