The Times podcast: Why this USC fraternity scandal is different

People hold signs, one of which says "Defend women's right to publicly name rapist"
Area residents Stephanie Gutierrez, left, and Abel Velacruz join USC faculty and students during a demonstration on the USC campus on Oct. 29.
(Brian van der Brug / Los Angeles Times)

At USC, hundreds of students have been protesting university officials and so-called Greek life itself over the last month after a series of drugging and sexual assault allegations that the school kept quiet about for weeks. It’s the latest scandal to hit the school, and some of the loudest criticism has come from an unexpected source: fraternity and sorority members.


Today, we talk to L.A. Times higher education reporter Teresa Watanabe about the matter. And a USC student who’s a proud sorority sister tells us why she’s pushing for change.

Host: Gustavo Arellano

Guests: L.A. Times education reporter Teresa Watanabe and USC student Hannah Fondacaro

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