The 1990s were a challenging decade for
fraternities on campuses around the country.
Changes in the liability laws as well as public sentiment about
fraternity behavior contributed greatly to changes in how fraternities operated.
ATO again was not immune to these changes. USC imposed the “Fourteen Points” that set forth the
criteria for how all fraternities and sororities were to retain recognition by
the university, including a minimum grade point average.
At this same time, our local Zeta Beta brothers remained active in ATO National
activities. C. Robert Cook (‘76)
was elected to the ATO National Board of Directors in 1990 and served in that
position until 1998. In addition,
both Gerry Bridges and Jerry Papazian were elected to the ATO Foundation Board
On December 8, 1995 a fire broke out in the chapter house. One member was
seriously injured, and over $125,000 in damage took place, primarily to the
upstairs bedrooms. Michael Gabor
(‘80) took it upon himself to reconstruct the damaged house, restoring
bedrooms and hallways to their previous condition. He also oversaw the
remodeling of the front of the chapter house, including French doors and windows
in the living room and front bedrooms. And
at long last, a deck was added to the front roof.