Even as Jason Wren's family was mourning the Littleton freshman's tragic death at a Kansas frat house, Leslie Lanahan, the mother of Lynn "Gordie" Bailey, a pledge who was found literally dead-drunk in the the Chi Psi fraternity house in Boulder in 2004, agreed to settle her lawsuit against the national Chi Psi organization -- avoiding a trial that would have started this week.
The settlement includes an unspecified monetary amount that the family will put in the foundation they started in Gordie's name. Alpha Psi Delta Corp. has also agreed to change the fraternity's alcohol policy nationwide: By 2012, all chapters will have a live-in house director, adults will be present at pledge functions -- and no alcohol will be served at those events. The fraternity also agreed to admit that Bailey was hazed.
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Good moves, but all too late to help Jason Wren.