A few updates on stories we have previously covered:
Fresno State/Theta Chi – The Fresno Bee has a report with some additional details on the events that lead to the death of Phillip Dhanens. The details come from a search warrant request filed as part of the investigation. The search warrant indicates that “Theta Chi fraternity members have been evasive and are impeding the investigation into the death of the freshman pledge.” The Fresno Bee also has a link to download a pdf of the search warrant.
Texas Southern Marching Band – The Houston Chronicle reports that Texas Southern University has suspended ten members of the “Ocean of Soul” marching band’s trumpet section for hazing. They have been suspended from the University, and had their scholarships revoked. They can reapply to return to school in January. In addition, the nine freshmen who were hazed were given letters of reprimand. The band has also had several major performances cancelled. These suspensions were announced on the same day that “the NCAA handed down a five-year probation on TSU’s athletic programs for lack of institutional control.”
Florida A&M Marching Band – While the trial has been delayed for most of the students charged with hazing connected to the death of Robert Champion, The Orlando Sentinel reports that one student charged with felony hazing has entered a plea of “no contest.” He is scheduled for sentencing on October 22nd.
SUNY-Geneseo Volleyball – Rochester.ynn.com reports that the 11 students charged with hazing new members of the SUNY-Geneseo Volleyball team appeared in court and entered not guilty pleas this week. The court date has been set for November 13th. The team’s season has been cancelled.
Wesleyan/Beta Theta Pi – Buzzfeed.com has a really interesting post on the lawsuit filed against Beta Theta Pi and Wesleyan University. In particular, the post looks at the term “Rape Factory” as it applies to the chapter. While the story does touch on several concerns about the chapter based on information from current students, it also continues to raise questions about the term “Rape Factory” and how it is used in the lawsuit.
Tennessee/Pi Kappa Alpha – The “butt chugging” case that lead to the closing of the Pi Kappa Alpha chapter at tennessee continues to draw attention. Here are a few recent articles:
- A rundown of the fraternity’s discipline history from The Tennessean.
- An editorial from the Knoxville News Sentinel.
- A long article on hazing from The Independent (United Kingdom).