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Universities And Greeks Unite To Confront Sexual Assault Related To Frat Culture

Katie Schoolov
The SDSU chapter of Sigma Alpha Epsilon has a house in the center of "fraternity circle." They are known for throwing elaborate parties.

On Fronteras: The attention paid to rape on college campuses has brought fraternity culture under a microscope. Some universities, and even some Greeks, are starting to confront sexual assault related to fraternity life. A journalist has been trekking the length of the entire Rio Grande in an attempt to get people to pay attention to the disappearing river. He hopes the journey will spur a serious discussion about rescuing a river that provides water to millions of people in two countries. As Mexico works to reform its energy industry, cartels are branching into fuel theft. Also, "inaugural poet" Richard Blanco talks about his memoir, "The Prince of Los Cocuyos."


Fraternity Culture Linked To College Sexual Assault Problem

At San Diego State University, two alleged sexual assaults have taken place at fraternity parties since the beginning of September. At Cal State San Marcos, an entire fraternity is under investigation by the school for multiple sexual assault reports. Nationwide, sexual assaults are a common problem in the culture of fraternities and sororities. Fronteras reporter Angela Carone looks at how some Greeks are dealing with the issue of rape.


Rio Grande Expedition Raising Attention to Shrinking River

On Fronteras, we’ve reported how the Rio Grande is losing water. One man thinks attempts to rescue this vital watershed are stymied by a lack of information. He’s on a seven-month trip on what’s left of the river. He hopes the information he gathers will spur a serious discussion on rescuing a river that provides water to millions of people in the U.S. and Mexico. Lorne Matalon has this update on the Disappearing Rio Grande Expedition.

Mexican Cartels Branch Into Fuel Theft, Threatening Energy Reform Gains

As we've reported on Fronteras, next year, Mexico will open up its energy sector to foreign investors for the first time in more than 75 years. Texas companies stand to make fortunes by unlocking oil and gas trapped in Mexican shale plays. Getting at those hidden riches, though, could prove not just expensive but dangerous. From Houston Public Media, Andrew Schneider reports.

Church Donates to Fund to Bond Out Central American Families in Detention

The immigration law group, RAICES, just received a large amount of cash for its bond fund to free Central American women and children from an immigration detention facility.

Hundreds of families are being held in Karnes County, southeast of San Antonio. Texas Public Radio's Ryan Loyd reports the $50,000 gift comes from a local church.

Inaugural Poet Richard Blanco’s Memoir [Discusses Cuban Heritage and Mythical America

Richard Blanco was chosen as the fifth inaugural poet of the United States, becoming the youngest, the first Latino, the first immigrant and the first openly gay writer to hold that honor.  But Blanco has a storied childhood, too, and he documents those early years in his memoir, "The Prince of Los Cocuyos." He talks about his memoir with TPR's Yvette Benavides.


Crystal Chavez was Texas Public Radio’s Morning Edition host for three years, until January 2015.