The semester break is over, and it is time to catch up on what we missed. There are a few updates, and a couple of international stories of note. Also, the first defendants in the criminal cases connected to the death of David Bogenberger at Northern Illinois have their first court appearance this afternoon (Chicago Tribune).
Florida A&M – The Florida university system’s Board of Governors issued its report on the handling of the hazing death of Robert Champion by the University (Orlando Sentinel). The report is highly critical of pretty much everybody involved. cfnews13.com has posted a link to download the full report in pdf format.
Jacksonville State/Alpha Phi Alpha – The Anniston Star has an article on the initial pleas by several of the defendants in the criminal hazing trial connected to an incident in November 2011 involving members of the Alpha Phi Alpha chapter at Jacksonville State. Ten of the thirteen men charged have had trial dates set.
International Hazing – Stories of hazing in Canada and Australia have hit my computer this week.
- Huffington Post Canada has information about the suspension of the Dalhousie University (Halifax, Nova Scotia) women’s hockey team on hazing charges. The “investigation revealed that a recent hazing ritual involved excessive drinking, intimidation and humiliation.”
- The Sydney Morning Herald reports that 21 students at St. John’s College of the University of Sydney have been kicked out of the school (12 others involved opted not to return). It says that they were removed due to “their alleged roles in the ”O” Week ritual that left a female teenage student close to death in hospital.” I haven’t been able to find any information about “O” week.
Missouri State – The Springfield News-Leader has a story on a lawsuit filed by a sorority members against the Phi Delta Theta chapter, international organization, and individual members. She alleges that “she was injured after being struck in the face with a water balloon fired by fraternity members” and that she “sustained at least one fractured bone and several other injuries after a water balloon hit her eye.” Several members of the fraternity were using a ““high-powered slingshot launcher” to fire water balloons at her sorority.
Kansas/Beta Theta Pi – The Daily Kansan has a story on the investigation into the dead Turkey at the Beta formal dinner. United Poultry Concerns (Promoting the Compassionate and Respectful Treatment of Domestic Fowl) has a call to take action in this case. And the Lawrence Journal-World has posted a letter to the editor. I am confident that Beta Theta Pi and KU will handle this appropriately and responsibly. Of course, that will likely not satisfy PETA and the UPC.