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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 »

Military Hazing Must Stop

Rep. Judy Chu slams 'outrageous token' sentences

(Newser) - The shame of falling asleep on guard duty might be considered punishment enough. But US soldiers like Danny Chen were literally tortured for such mistakes, and ended the pain by taking their own lives. And Rep. Judy Chu is sick of it. "Is it necessary for soldiers to be... More »

Florida A&M Prez Resigns Over Hazing Death

Robert Champion's family expected to file lawsuit today

(Newser) - Florida A&M University President James Ammons announced his plans to resign today, in the fallout over the hazing death of drum major Robert Champion , whose family is expected to file a lawsuit against the university today, the Orlando Sentinel reports. But Ammons won't actually step down until Oct.... More »

13 Charged in Band Member's Hazing Death

Robert Champion of Florida A&M was beaten on a bus

(Newser) - Thirteen people were charged today for their roles in the hazing death of a Florida A&M University drum major who was severely beaten in what appears to be one of the biggest college hazing cases ever. The charges were announced more than five months after 26-year-old Robert Champion died... More »

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