Catching up on recent developments over the past few weeks in situations we have been following:
Northern Illinois University/Pi Kappa Alpha – The attorney for the family of David Bogenberger has indicated that he will be amending the civil lawsuit to add 16 women as defendants (The Daily Herald). It is expected that these women are the sorority members mentioned in initial reports. Bogenberger died of alcohol poisoning in November.
Wabash/Phi Kappa Psi – A case being heard by the Indiana Supreme Court is gathering attention as it looks at responsibility for policing hazing activities on campus. It has generated articles from USA Today and the Daily Record. The original case was related to brain injuries following an incident in the chapter house in 2007.
Florida A&M Marching Band – “Former FAMU percussionist Caleb Jackson, who pleaded no contest Tuesday to manslaughter in the fatal hazing of drum major Robert Champion, could be the state’s most important witness as it prosecutes other ex-members of the famed Marching 100, his lawyer said” – Orlando Sentinel. Additional info from The Huffington Post. Diverse Issues in Higher Education also has an article on issues surrounding the changes being put in place at FAMU related to hazing.
Fresno State/Theta Chi – The three students facing criminal charges in the death of Phillip Dhanens were arraigned and enter not guilty pleas (The Fresno Bee). Dhanens died of alcohol poisoning as he was celebrating his bid acceptance in September 2012.
Cornell – The Cornell Daily Sun has a retrospective on the various hazing and alcohol discipline involving fraternities over the past year. The latest incident involved Phi Kappa Psi being placed on interim suspension for hazing concerns. While this may seem like a lot, it is actually just indicative of the University doing what it said it would do regarding fraternities and sororities.