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University Suspends All Frats After Pledge Dies

Clemson student Tucker Hipps fell from bridge

(Newser) - The unexplained death of a 19-year-old pledge at Clemson this week was the 15th "serious incident" involving fraternities at the South Carolina university in the space of a month, and the institution has now decided to suspend the activities of all 24 fraternities, a spokeswoman tells WYFF4 . The other... More »

Student, 19, Dies After 'Gathering' at Rutgers Fraternity

Police probe Caitlyn Kovacs' death

(Newser) - A 19-year-old Rutgers student has died following what reports call a "small gathering" at a fraternity house. Alcohol may have been a factor in Caitlyn Kovacs' death, which is currently under police investigation; an autopsy will reveal the cause. The New Jersey resident passed out at the Delta Kappa... 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 »

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 »

SeaWorld Burglars Turn Out to Be ... Frat Pledges

2 were apprehended, admit to also stealing ice cream

(Newser) - Amid the annals of deadly fraternity hazing stories comes one that involves ... marine mammals and Dippin' Dots. Two of as many as seven alleged burglars who busted their way into San Antonio's SeaWorld around 2am Wednesday say they were there on orders from a frat they were pledging, though... More »

'Deadliest' US Fraternity Bans Pledging

Sigma Alpha Epsilon points to dangerous hazing

(Newser) - Sigma Alpha Epsilon is, according to Bloomberg , the "deadliest" American fraternity: Ten people have died since 2006 amid hazing, booze, and drug incidents tied to the institution. Now, it has made what it calls a "historic decision": It's barring the practice of pledging, starting tomorrow. "New-member... More »

How Rape, Accidents Persist at Frat Houses

And how fraternities avoid legal obligations for what goes on

(Newser) - Frat-house accidents and sexual assaults are getting so common they're impossible to ignore—but how did it get this bad, and why does it keep happening? In an extensive Atlantic piece, Caitlin Flanagan looks at the history of fraternities and their myriad ways of avoiding legal obligations for what... 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 »

ASU Gives Frat the Boot Over Racist Party

Tau Kappa Epsilon now expelled from campus

(Newser) - It's official: Arizona State University has given Tau Kappa Epsilon the boot, expelling the fraternity after it hosted a racist party last weekend—apparently to "commemorate" Martin Luther King Jr. Day. ASU says the frat violated at least four school rules—including engaging in discriminatory activities—and has... More »

ASU Frat Suspended After Racist MLK Party

Civil rights leaders say Tau Kappa Epsilon chapter should be expelled

(Newser) - An Arizona State University fraternity that was already on probation has been suspended after a Martin Luther King Jr. Day party rife with racial stereotypes. Students wore basketball jerseys and what the Arizona Republic calls "stereotypical hip-hop clothes"; they posted on social media with hashtags like "blackoutformlk" and... More »

Sorry Ladies, Frat Brothers Run Wall Street

Bloomberg reveals 'fraternity pipeline' that boosts brothers

(Newser) - The finance industry isn't just dominated by men. It's run by frat brothers who use a "fraternity pipeline" to push their brothers forward over other job candidates, Bloomberg reports. In an investigation, it reveals how bankers help out their buddies, including one case in which an Alpha... More »

Frat Email Offers Advice on 'Luring Rapebait'

Georgia Tech is investigating

(Newser) - Georgia Tech says it's investigating an ill-advised mass email within a fraternity that explained how to treat women at parties: essentially, get them drunk and into bed, reports WSB-TV . What's caught the attention of most critics is the signoff by an unnamed member of Phi Kappa Tau: "... More »

Drug-Seeking Facebook Posts Sink Florida Frat

Pi Kappa Alpha suspended as campus police investigate

(Newser) - Florida International University's Pi Kappa Alpha fraternity apparently didn't get the memo that social media isn't the place to go shopping for drugs. The frat has been suspended after its private Facebook page was made public via an anonymous email that included screenshots of 70 posts—some... More »

Drunk Frat Guy Left at Hospital ... With Post-It

Student had BAC of 0.47% after downing 20 tequila shots in drinking competition

(Newser) - Frat fail: An Arizona State University student who put back an estimated 20 shots of tequila ended up passed out in the emergency room, but his fraternity brothers were nice enough to stick a Post-It note on him asking for help before leaving. The 19-year-old is fine now, but he... More »

Frats Won't Pay Up When Members Get Killed, Injured

Bloomberg: National groups insulate themselves from lawsuits

(Newser) - College fraternities are famous for their hard-partying ways, but when the party gets rough, the frats get going. Fifty-seven people have been killed or paralyzed in accidents linked to fraternities since 2005, but many national bodies are refusing to take any responsibility, financial or otherwise, for what happens during hazing... 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 »

Princeton: We'll Suspend Freshmen Who Rush Frats

About 15% of school's student body is in a frat or sorority

(Newser) - So much for those wild and crazy first few weeks of college. In keeping with a belief that fraternities and sororities promote social exclusiveness, Princeton University says any freshman who joins, rushes, or pledges to a Greek organization starting this fall will face suspension. The Ivy League school has a... More »

Gross Hazing Charges Rock Dartmouth

College charges 27 after senior claims pledges forced to swim in vomit

(Newser) - Dartmouth College is in a tizzy over allegations of some seriously sick hazing at one of its fraternities. Former Sigma Alpha Epsilon member Andrew Lohse caused an uproar with a school newspaper column describing how pledges were pressured to swim in kiddie pools filled with puke and rotten food. The... More »

Mom Sues Frat Over Son's Hazing Death

Suit says teen was tied up, forced to drink until he passed out

(Newser) - The Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity is facing a $25 million lawsuit over the alcohol-related hazing death of a Cornell University student, reports the AP . George Desdunes, 19 years old and already a full-fledged member of the frat, had his hands and feet bound in a mock kidnapping ritual and was... More »

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