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Pat McMahon

It's Greek to me

Wow! The Sun Devils really look tough.

They were really hitting people right and left. The football team? No! I was talking about the faternity guys on any given night in Tempe.

Listen, as much as I respect the enormous number of accomplishments and academic achievements accumulated over the years by Arizona State University, is there anyone in charge of the fraternity houses and their members now that they're all off campus? It's gotten so bad that I'm waiting for Greece to prohibit the use of its alphabet.

How bad is it? Well, a new semester just started and in recent months, besides the virtually unlimited distribution and consumption of alcohol, violence on the Tempe campus is often out of control: A student suffering serious injuries after being beaten by frat boys, a drunk student drowns in Tempe Town Lake after a frat party, gang fights with bats and firearms.

And, while not all fraternities are involved in this kind of brutish behavior, one must ask, in the 21st century, what is their value? Are many fraternities nothing more than gangs with textbooks?

I'm Pat McMahon.

About the Author


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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