Hundreds of fraternity freshmen, dressed up in coats and ties, sat quietly as a fellow University of Kansas student reminded them of a long tradition of achievement for KU’s fraternities — and warned them not to blow it.

“We graduate, we have better grades, we have higher retention, less drop out. That’s all great,” the speaker said. “But I’m here to give a news flash to some of you: None of that matters the second one person dies, the second one person is sexually assaulted or raped by one of our members, the second somebody has been hazed on our premises.”

The speech, delivered at banquet room in KU’s student union last week, came from junior Marty Sedlacek, president of the student-led Interfraternity Council, which governs the 22 fraternities there.