On the night of milans death all the gammas planned

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On the night of Milan’s death, all the Gammas planned tasks for the pledges as part of Hell Night. Hell Night is the last night of pledging, before we decide who crosses over the line to become a Gamma and who does not. That night, we blindfolded all of the pledges and had them line up in the fraternity house. Then we brought each one out separately to perform
a task. Usually, the tasks are pretty simple, but they are created to scare the pledges. For example we told one pledge to chew on a piece of glass. Then we put an eggshell in his mouth. Since he was blindfolded, there was no way for him to know whether the object was really glass until he chewed it. It really is harmless, but all in good fun. When we brought Milan out to perform her task, Chris whispered something in her ear. I couldn’t hear all of what Chris said but I know I heard the words “tower” and “flag.” After hearing what Chris said, Milan snatched off the blindfold, grabbed the flag from Chris’ hand and started running toward the campus center. Chris and a couple of the other Gammas, including myself, ran after her. The next thing I knew, we were chasing Milan up the clock tower. Chris was right behind her. By the time the rest of us caught up to the two of them, Milan had fallen off the tower. Only Chris was close enough to see what had happened. I am sure, however, that Chris pushed her. I bet s/he had been planning to kill her all along.
Chris Archer DefendantMy name is Chris Archer. I am the president of Phi Gamma, the oldest and largest coed Greek fraternity in the country. We are known for our great parties and our significant contribution to the community. As a result, numerous freshmen want to pledge Gamma. Rush week is the time of year when new freshmen on campus visit various fraternities and sororities to figure out which ones they would like to pledge. Likewise, the fraternities and sororities decide which freshman they would like to invite to pledge. Once someone becomes a pledge, they are what you call “on line.” For the next couple of weeks they are tested in a variety of ways to see whether they have what it takes to “cross over the line” and become a member of that Greek organization. I met Milan Jackson and her friend Pat in the beginning of September 1997, during rush week. Milan was pretty, bright, and very ambitious. She asked me a lot of questions about Phi Gamma. She wanted to know what would be required of her as a pledge. I thought that she was a little overconfident, since we hadn’t made decisions as to which freshmen we would invite to pledge. I was not offended, however, because confidence is one of the qualities we seek in a future Gamma. I told her that if we invited her to pledge she would have to cross the line before becoming a Gamma. I also told her that if she showed strong leadership potential while on line, that she might be elected head of New Gammas. Being head of New Gammas as a freshman is a good way to become president of the fraternity during senior year.

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