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5 Frat Members Face 20 Years in Pledge's Hazing Death

Chun 'Michael' Deng died in 2013 after an outdoor ritual known as 'glass ceiling'

(Newser) - Five members of Baruch College's now-banned Pi Delta Psi fraternity could face up to 20 years in prison over a pledge's death during a hazing ritual almost two years ago in rural Pennsylvania. Following through with recommendations from a grand jury in Monroe County, prosecutors say they will... More »

Penn State Suspends Frat for 3 Years for Nude Pics, Hazing

Kappa Delta Rho booted from campus for 'deeply troubling activities'

(Newser) - A secret Facebook page with photos of nude women, hazing, and a slew of other activities that "promoted a culture of harassing behavior and degradation of women" have led Penn State to suspend the Kappa Delta Rho fraternity for three years, the AP reports. The university's decision, outlined... More »

Frat Pledge Says He Needed Skin Grafts After Hazing

Johnson & Wales student sues, saying flesh necrotized after 'torturous' TKE ritual

(Newser) - He was branded, hit with wooden paddles, burned with cigarettes, made to eat raw onions and butter until he vomited, and then forced to shower in that vomit—and his resulting injuries were so bad he needed skin grafts afterward. Those are the claims of a Rhode Island student who... More »

Jon Hamm Accused of Brutal Frat Hazing

Lawsuit says he set Sigma Nu pledge's pants on fire in 1990

(Newser) - Jon Hamm has a pretty dark secret from his college days, according to records unearthed by the AP and Star magazine. Court and university records show that the Mad Men star was accused of taking part in a hazing so violent that the victim left school, three other frat members... More »

UH Frat Suspended, and Wild Rumor Flies

Police investigating hazing allegations

(Newser) - The University of Houston still won't divulge details about hazing allegations that have left five students suspended and facing both expulsion and criminal charges. But given the school president's comments earlier this month—"I am shocked, dismayed, and deeply disappointed that allegations of this nature have arisen... More »

Army Unit's 'Racial Thursdays' Investigated

Racial slur 'tradition' reportedly encouraged to 'build morale and camaraderie'

(Newser) - Playing "Taps" on a well-worn bugle, the emotional recitation of "A Soldier's Creed," and calling each other racial slurs one day per week: all time-honored customs in the US Army? That last practice is, at least in one platoon, according to a black staff sergeant who... More »

7 High School Football Players Charged in Hazing Case

New Jersey teens face sex-crime charges

(Newser) - Seven high school students face sex-crime charges amid a hazing investigation that canceled a New Jersey football team's season. Six of the seven students, ranging in age from 15 to 17, were arrested last night in the assaults at regional football power Sayreville War Memorial High School. The seventh... More »

As School Axes Football Season, Dark Tale Emerges

Sayresville community is rocked by hazing allegations

(Newser) - Sayreville War Memorial High School's football team has won the state title three times in the last four years, so the New Jersey community was rocked when the Board of Education abruptly canceled the rest of the season on Monday, with Superintendent Richard Labbe citing "incidents of harassment,... More »

Source: Sorority Expelled Miss America for Hazing

Kira Kazantsev says she was wrongly accused

(Newser) - Kira Kazantsev was kicked out of the Alpha Phi sorority at Hofstra University last year, and it wasn't for banging plastic cups around , a source tells Jezebel . According to the source, the future Miss America and a friend were expelled from the sorority for hazing pledges, who were "... More »

Ohio State Cans Band Chief Over 'Sexualized' Culture

OSU chiefs say he ignored hazing

(Newser) - The leader of "The Best Damn Band in the Land" has been canned over what Ohio State University chiefs say is a failure to deal with a "sexualized" culture surrounding the marching band that made conditions ripe for sexual harassment to flourish. Jon Waters' lawyer says the band... More »

Frat Pours Hot Sauce on Genitals, Gets Burned

University of Tennessee frat Alpha Phi Alpha suspended until August 2016

(Newser) - Is there a food-related theme emerging here? First, a University of Connecticut sorority and fraternity were booted over bacon hazing ; now a University of Tennessee frat has been suspended over a hazing incident that involved paddling and pouring hot sauce on a pledge's genitals. After several denials, two students... More »

Now UConn Boots Frat in 'Bacon' Hazing

SAE gets kicked out for 5 years over sorority hazing incident

(Newser) - It's not every day a fraternity gets itself kicked out over sorority hazing, but UConn has unceremoniously dumped Sigma Alpha Epsilon on the heels of giving Kappa Kappa Gamma the boot last week—both over hazing allegations by a former member of the sorority who said she was forced... More »

UConn Boots Sorority Over 'Bacon Hazing'

Sophomore: I was told to 'lay on the floor and sizzle like bacon'

(Newser) - Another day, another Greek organization shut down on a college campus over hazing—but the case of the University of Connecticut's Kappa Kappa Gamma sorority is rather ... unique. Sophomore Hillary Holt is charging that she and others were hazed at the school's Sigma Alpha Epsilon frat house, and... More »

Penn State Hazing Linked to Freshman's Suicide

Police investigate possible criminal case on Altoona campus

(Newser) - Another potential case of murder charges related to college hazing: An 18-year-old freshman at Penn State Altoona killed himself last week while home on spring break on Long Island by jumping from the roof of a hotel, reports CNN . Police are investigating reports that hazing drove Marquise Braham to commit... More »

Student's Death in Hazing Ritual Ruled a Murder

Michael Deng was unresponsive after tackling

(Newser) - In December, a student at New York City's Baruch College was killed following a fraternity hazing ; now, authorities are calling the death a homicide, NBC News reports. According to the allegations, those involved in the ritual—which saw participants try to tackle the blindfolded freshman—took at least an... More »

'Major Brain Trauma' Kills Student in Frat Hazing

Baruch College in New York disavows pledge ritual

(Newser) - Prosecutors are looking into the death of a Baruch College freshman who died this weekend during a fraternity pledging ritual. Chun Hsien "Michael" Deng was one of four pledges from the New York school's chapter of Pi Delta Psi who went on a retreat in Pennsylvania this weekend.... More »

Dolphin Drama: Player 'Done' Over Racism, Harassment

'Hey, wassup, you half n----- piece of s---,' Richie Incognito reportedly wrote

(Newser) - The Miami Dolphins suspended guard Richie Incognito on Sunday, and now we know why. Sources tell ESPN that Incognito is being punished for a long history of harassing teammates with racial epithets. In one voicemail sent to teammate Jonathan Martin in April, which both the Dolphins and NFL have copies... More »

Hazing Gets Whole Cornell Lacrosse Team Suspended

Players in trouble after 'coerced' drinking

(Newser) - It's going to be a quiet autumn for the Cornell men's lacrosse team, which made it to the NCAA semifinals last year. The whole team was suspended temporarily on Sept. 13 over what the university calls alleged "coerced consumption of alcohol by underage freshmen"—"a... More »

Florida A&M Hazers Charged With Manslaughter

Prosecutors up charges for 10 students in Robert Champion case, charge 2 more

(Newser) - Prosecutors are charging 12 former Florida A&M University band members with manslaughter in the 2011 hazing death of a drum major. Ten of the band members had been charged last May with felony hazing for the death of 26-year-old Robert Champion, but prosecutors said today they are raising the... More »

22 Illinois Frat Members Charged in Pledge's Death

David Bogenberger died after booze-filled pledge event

(Newser) - Northern Illinois University freshman David Bogenberger, 19, was found dead Nov. 2 at a frat house, his blood-alcohol level more than four times the .08 limit for driving—and now 22 members of the Pi Kappa Alpha fraternity have been charged with criminal hazing. Authorities say Bogenberger had been given... More »

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