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National fraternity has banned the pledging process for new recruits. The Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity believes hazing and rituals are taking too much of a toll on its reputation.

The whole thing has left these guys feeling a bit up in the air.

Dillon Brooks is a junior and proud of his S-A-E brotherhood and he is hesitant about the changes coming in the new member process.

"So what I've understood vaguely is we have to initiate our members 96 hours after they get the bid as opposed to a whole quarter to get that process done," says Brooks

He's worried the new rules will cheapen the experience.

Brooks explains, "It really helped me find out a lot about myself and become close with my brothers and so I feel like these kids are going to be cheated out of that aspect because you really get to bond and come together."

At least 10 deaths since 2006 are linked to S-A-E events.

It's the kind of negative attention other fraternities have already tried to combat.

"We did this back in 89 and we think it's a great step for the SAE brothers," recalls Zeta Beta Tau President, Nick Young.

He calls S-A-E's move a step forward in battling the image fraternities have in the media today.

And he says it's about more than that.

Young continues, "It definitely makes the new brothers feel more apart of the fraternity right at first. And then they go through the education process with the history and that kind of stuff and our standards."

Nick and his brothers at Z-B-T hope more fraternities and sororities take note and change the way they approach the process.

 "Looking at SAE being such a large fraternity nationwide I think it will be a step for a lot of other fraternities to follow suit," says Young.

Brooks counters," I'm not too happy about it, but it is what it is you know."

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