After four days of arguments and exhaustive witness accounts about the events leading to the death of George Desdunes ’13, Judge Judith Rossiter J.D. ’86 closed the criminal trial of three former Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity pledges for deliberation on Thursday.
As the third day of the criminal trial of three former Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity pledges unfolded on Wednesday, the question of whether the pledges' mock-kidnapping or Desdunes' own drinking led to the SAE brother's death continued to hang heavy in the air.
Students formerly affiliated with SAE hosted the White Party in Collegetown Saturday night. Although it has been more than a year since SAE was kicked off campus, vestiges of the fraternity and its brotherhood maintain a visible presence on campus.
If approved, a proposed overhaul of Cornell’s Greek system would aim to eradicate hazing by integrating members into Greek life before they join individual houses and by requiring advisors to live in “at-risk” fraternities, among other changes.