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Editorial: A lesson for fraternity pranksters

Updated: July 7, 2012 8:19AM

It’s nice to be smart but better to be compassionate.

If the members of Alpha Delta Phi fraternity at the University of Chicago have learned that lesson, albeit the hard way, then we’d say they’ve gotten quite a terrific education.

The fraternity, as reported in Sunday’s Sun-Times, has apologized for one of those boneheaded jokes that are not exactly unknown to college campuses. In a letter, the fraternity said it “sincerely” apologized to anyone who was offended last month by the sight of two of its members mocking hardworking Mexican lawn care workers.

The two frat brothers had gone out and mowed lawns while wearing oversized sombreros, to the sound of Latin music.

The bad joke, the fraternity said, was “contradictory to our values.”

It’s nice to be smart but better to be wise.

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