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Pat McMahon

Greek life needs to get a life

Hey -- all of you folks who bask in the radiant glamour of Greek life on college campuses, ASU has a new fraternity -- I Kappa Plea!

Listen, years ago, I mean years and years ago when I was in college, I didn't understand the magnetic attraction fraternities and sororoties had for some students. I could look quizzically from afar because my Catholic college didn't have them. Greek for us was that which wasn't Latin.

I'm sure that there are personalities that thrive in the frat "clubby" atmosphere -- like having a Rotary for college students. But for as long as i can remember, there were aways accusations of a shadowy side -- racism, religious exclusions, horror stories of hazing and at the very least extraordinary elitism.

When my daughter entered USC, the head of the Panhellenic society let her know that the sorority girls were always the choice of the Big Men on Campus.

Terri said thanks, but no thanks. Now, with ASU's fraternity row being renamed fraternity ROW, I offer this Greek suggestion -- yu otta grow up.

I'm Pat McMahon.

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He's done it all -- and keeps doing it. His career in local Arizona radio and television dates back the late 60s. Pat always stimulates with his thought provoking, opinionated, and entertaining commentaries on the Arizona Morning News while hosting award-winning talk-shows like "The McMahon Group" and "The God Show."

"The Mc Mahon Group" features a very unpredictable all-star panel where 3 people from the community get together and give there thoughts on the news of the week. He also hosts "The God Show" on Sunday's which talks about all aspects of spirituality.

Pat is also well known outside of radio because of his multi-faceted career as an actor, producer, recording artist, writer, broadcaster, and one-third of the legendary comedy team that was on TV for 35 years in Arizona, "The Wallace and Ladmo Show."

Through the many experiences of his professional life, Pat has been richly rewarded with 7 Emmys, major national and international radio awards as well as numerous civic, educational, religious and humanitarian awards. Pat was also a recipient of an Honorary Doctorate from Ottawa University, the Arizona Broadcasters Lifetime achievement Award, and has his bronze likeness hanging in the rotunda of the Herberger Theater in recognition of his contributions to Communications & The Arts.

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