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Pat McMahon

Updated Jan 22, 2014 - 6:48 am

Greek geeks

OK! It's Jan. 22, 2014!

We're well into the 21st century, so will somebody explain to me the importance of fraternities and sororities? I'm asking today because of the latest embarrassing Greek peek at social life on the ASU campus. You must have heard by now that these future young leaders have done it again.

Tau Kappa Epsilon, the fraternity that had already been put on social probation for an off-campus brawl with another fraternity, decided to recognize Martin Luther King Day with a party in which the invitees were instructed to "dress like black people" and drink from hollowed-out watermelon cups.

Mom and dad, if your son is considering pledging next school year, the name of the fraternity is Tau Kappa Epsilon -- TKE, for "tacky." But why would your son or daughter pledge for memberships? Are they so socially limited they need "group security"? Is it the attraction of secret rituals and handshakes? I had a Captain Midnight decoder ring for a while, but I grew up.

The benefits of belonging to a group whose name, when translated means "dry heaves," well...

It's Greek to me.

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 talkshows like "The McMahon Group" and "The God Show."

"The McMahon Group" features an unpredictable all-star panel where three people from the community get together and give their thoughts on the news of the week. He also hosts "The God Show" on Sunday's where he talks about all aspects of spirituality.

Pat is also well known outside of radio because of his multifaceted 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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