HAZING DEATHS AT UNIVERSITIES

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HAZING DEATHS AT UNIVERSITIES
Article is provided to show RETALIATION by President Barack Obama and his Administration/Legal Counsel (Baker Donelson Bearman Caldwell & Berkowitz) for Vogel Denise Newsome's EXPOSURE of CORRUPTION and COVER UP by the United States Government Officials.
Garretson Resolution Group appears to be FRONTING Law Firm for United States President Barack Obama and Legal Counsel/Advisor (Baker Donelson Bearman Caldwell & Berkowitz) which has submitted a SLAPP Complaint to OneWebHosting.com in efforts of PREVENTING the PUBLIC/WORLD from knowing of its and President Barack Obama's ROLE in CONSPIRACIES leveled against Vogel Denise Newsome in EXPOSING the TRUTH behind the 911 DOMESTIC TERRORIST ATTACKS, COLLAPSE OF THE WORLD ECONOMY, EMPLOYMENT violations and other crimes of United States Government Officials. Information that United States President Barack Obama, The Garretson Resolution Group, Baker Donelson Bearman Caldwell & Berkowitz, and United States Congress, etc. do NOT want the PUBLIC/WORLD to see. Information of PUBLIC Interest!

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HAZING DEATHS AT UNIVERSITIES

  1. 1. FROM: http://www.hanknuwer.com/blog/2009/06/hazing-statistics-updated-list-of-hazing-deaths-as-of-june-10-2009/In accordance with Federal Laws provided For Educational and Information Purposes – i.e. of PUBLIC InterestHazing Statistics: Updated List of Hazing Deaths 2000 to 2009June 10th, 2009Handouts: Copyright Hank Nuwer, HazingPrevention.orgAgenda: Hazing Trends1) Introduction2) The Hank Nuwer Hazing Collection is ready for scholars and students.http://hanknuwer.comorhttp://www.buffalostate.edu/library/archives/3) Trends in fraternity and sorority hazing4) Trends in high school athletic hazing5) Hazing deaths and serious incidents internationally6) Serious changes to hazing law s statewide and policiesHazingPrevention.Org Blog: News Results for Hazing & Views by Hank Nuwer: Tracking Hazing Deaths,Incidents, Trials in Greek Groups, Athletics, High Schools, Military, and on the JobHank Nuwer’s Chronology of Deaths Among U.S. College Students as a result of hazing, initiation, and pledging-related accidents (withoutcriminal charges and/or admissions of hazing by a group or individuals).Site copyrighted by Hank Nuwer, from Wrongs of Passage (revised ed. 2001, Indiana University Press) and book-in-progress, “A Weed in the Garden of Academe,” by Hank Nuwer (anticipated pub date, 2010).FYI: This list contains the minimum number of deaths from such causes. The section of the title “of hazing,initiation, and Pledging-Related Accidents” is used because of legal advice due to strong attempts by interestgroups to disassociate themselves from certain episodes described below. In my books I have tried to reserve theterm “hazing” for those incidents that have been so identified by state and institutional authorities. If a state hazinglaw has not been invoked (or a grand jury failed to indict), or if a school or victim’s family said hazing did notoccur even though the fatal occurrence closely matched standard definitions of hazing, I use the term “Initiationand Pledging-related Accident” instead of the term “hazing.” Obviously, even with 44 laws on the books, thedefinition of hazing is often disputed by individuals and their organizations–and evenoccasionally by grieving families of deceased pledges who prefer to think their loved ones died following“horseplay.” At the same time, some examined deaths due to alcohol use may not fall under the category oghazing. Some deaths may reveal other hazing-related deaths, including the deaths of members at the hands of othermembers disciplining them, deaths of members during pledge sneaks (pledges taking harsh action againstmembers), and other less typical actions resulting in deaths.
  2. 2. a) Note: since no official statistics of hazing deaths are kept by a legitimate government agency, this clearinghouseof deaths reported in the United States relies on published accounts (newspapers, university histories, other books,and in one case [1838] a family history). Since state laws include felonies for hazing in some states, it is my hopethat Uniform Crime Reports or another legitimate federal agency will take over tracking of deaths and felonyhazing (along with death cases in initiations where the actual conviction is other than hazing such as servingalcohol to a minor or manslaughter). There also is, in my opinion, a need for more surveys conducted in aresponsible manner to track actual incidents of hazing in such groups as collegiate fraternal organizations, bandsand athletic teams. For example, it clearly can be shown that the number of articles reporting sexual assaults inhigh school athletic organizations is up, but there is no way of knowing whether or not those numbers are actuallyincreasing unless surveys are taken or a legitimate agency tracks these. Until a legitimate agency tracks data, mediareports of incidents are the only means to keep the public from going back to the days when deaths and seriousinjuries during hazing were shrugged off by institutional spokespersons as “accidental” or “isolated” cases.b) Judging from correspondence I’ve received, the general public believes hazing deaths in colleges are higher innumber than can be documented. These deaths below can be verified although information related to several earlydeaths is particularly limited.. I try hard to add any information that might cast doubt on whether a death wasactually hazing caused or where the death cause was disputed by a family, members, an educational institution, oran organization.c) I am open to listening to suggestions and to criticism that can make this a better site. My contentionunequivocably is that a legitimate government agency needs to take over the task of recording deaths and criminalhazing statistics. Surveys and accurate crime reports are needed to determine whether serious hazing incidents areincreasing or decreasing The number of media articles reporting hazing is clearly higher than ever but that maysimply indicate parents, victims, institutions, teams and fraternal organizations are more educated on the subjectand thus more likely to come forward when an incident occurs. My position is that even one death a year is one toomany, and that prevention is everyone’s responsibility–including that of a potential victim and that of theorganization he or she is joining.–Hank NuwerSee Hanknuwer.com for previous 118 deaths2000University of GeorgiaAlpha Tau OmegaRoad trip deathPledge sneaks—events in which pledges kidnap members—have widely been condemned by nationalorganizations. Ben Folsom Grantham III died on an apparent pledge sneak. The university condemned the activitybut did not rule hazing had occurred.2000Chico State University (California)Pi Kappa PhiAlcohol deathPledge Adrian Heideman died after being encouraged to drink. Some members, including chapter officers,received a light jail sentence.2001Indiana UniversityTheta ChiAccidental rush deathSeth Korona died from the effects of a head injury contracted after consuming beer during a keg stand.
  3. 3. 2001Tennessee State UniversityOmega Psi PhiPledging deathA coroner wrote that Joseph T. Green died during an exercise session suggested by members.2001University of MiamiKappa SigmaAccidental drowning of pledge (hazing was ruled out until a May 2002 statement by attorney reopened case)Chad Meredith, 18, of Indianapolis, drowned in Lake Osceola while with two Kappa Sigma brothers. A judgmentin a civil suit awarded the family $14 million from those present at Meredith’s death.2001University of Minnesota, DuluthMen’s and women’s rugby initiationDeath ruled an accidentAlthough Ken Christiansen had been drinking at an initiation party and veteran members scrawled pictures on theirfaces, he died of an accident when he fell dead drunk into a creek and died, according to a police investigation.2002Alfred UniversityZeta Beta TauSuicide after beating for revealing hazing traditionMember Ben Klein who was beaten after turning his chapter in for what he considered hazing and later was founddead in a creek near the fraternity house. State investigators ruled Klein’s death a suicide.2002San Diego State UniversityTau Kappa EpsilonHigh-speed Pledging-elated Truck CrashTwo males associated with the SDSU Tekes, on suspension for hazing, were killed when thrown from their truckas pledges were being taken somewhere from campus. The dead were identified as Brian Jimenez and ZacharyJacobs, both 18. An angry mother demanded to know why pledges had been taken out when the chapter was undersuspension.2002California State, Los AngelesAlpha Kappa Alpha sorority,Drowning but hazing as yet never establishedThe Associated Press reports that the mother of a drowning victim and her friend may have been partaking in asorority ritual. The students Kenitha Saafir, 24, and Kristin High, 22, died in waters off Playa del Rey, according topolice officers contacted by AP. High may have been performing an unsanctioned hazing ritual for Alpha KappaAlpha sorority, according to her mother’s allegations. Those present denied hazing occurred. The family hasannounced a civil suit to come. No hazing charges had been placed by 2006, however.
  4. 4. 2002University of Nevada, RenoPi Kappa AlphaDrowning DeathPledge Albert (A.J.) Santos drowned in a University of Nevada campus lake. He was a pledge of Pi Kappa Alpha.There were no arrests.2002University of MarylandPhi Sigma KappaAlcohol Link Investigated in Bid Night death (February)Daniel Reardon, 19, was found in a coma in January at the Phi Sigma Kappa house following Bid Night.Authorities and his family blame an alcohol drinking tradition associated with pledging for his death. No hazingcharges were filed.2003Yale UniversityDelta Kappa EpsilonDeath after Night of Chapter “Ride” into New York (ruled accident and non-hazing but WAS pledging-related)Following an old custom of pledges taking a senior fraternity member on a “ride” into New York City, a caravanof brothers and pledges returned to New Haven. Near Bridgeport, one of the DKE vehicles hit a semi that hadbroken down. Four young men were killed and five were injured. Yale sophomores Nicholas Grass, Kyle Burnat,Andrew Dwyer and junior Sean Fenton perished.2003Plattsburgh State (State University of New York)Psi Epsilon Chi (suspended and unrecognized at time)Hazing convictionsFollowing the death of 18-year-old Plattsburgh State University freshmanWalter Dean Jennings, 11 fraternity brothers were convicted of crimes and served smaller sentences. Police statedthat Jennings apparently died of swelling of the brain related to water intoxication.2003Rochester Institute of Technology (New York)Kappa Phi ThetaPledging-related deathJerry Hopkins, 36, a fraternity pledge attending the National Technical Institute for the Deaf, died on a campoutwith the Kappa Phi Theta fraternity in Pennsylvania’s Allegany National Forest. Autopsy was inconclusive.2003Plymouth State UniversitySigma Kappa Omega sorority (a local that formerly was a national sorority)Pledging-related death in car crashPledge Kelly Nester of Coventry, R.I., died following the crash of Jeep Grand Cherokee. 10 pledges were stuffedin the Cherokee and on the floor without seatbelt restraints to protect them, police determined. A lawyer for thedriver of the vehicle denies that any swerving or hazing occurred. A civil suit has been launched.
  5. 5. 2003Bradley UniversityPhi Kappa TauRush-related deathRobert Schmalz, 22, died following a rush event in which he consumed a lethal amount of alcohol. He was amember, not a pledge.2004University of ColoradoChi PsiHazingGordon Bailey, 18, died after pledges consumed massive amounts of alcohol.2004University of OklahomaSigma ChiAlcohol death of pledgeBlake Hammontree was found dead in the house at 10:30 a.m. following a function at the house. Family calledincident hazing, but coroner termed death accidental.2005Chico State University (California)Chi Tau (college-banned chapter)Hazing deathEight men were charged with crimes in the death of pledge Matthew Carrington, 21. Convictions included onefelony count for a sentence of one year in prison.2005Lambda Phi EpsilonUniversity of California IrvinePledge death under investigationPledge Kenny Luong of Cal Poly Pomona died in August after competing in a football game with other pledgesagainst members of the Irvine chapter. There were many more members than pledges in the roughly played game.The death is under investigation.2005University of TexasLambda Phi EpsilonAlcohol death of a pledgePhanta “Jack” Phoummarath died of acute alcohol intoxication during a fraternity event. Toxicology ruling cameJanuary 2006.2006University of TexasSigma Alpha EpsilonPolice said hazing may have been a factor in the death of pledge Tyler Cross who died in a fall while under theinfluence of alcohol.
  6. 6. 2007Rider UniversityPhi Kappa TauHazing (word hazing to the left accidentally omitted in first version. Corrected 2/3/08 by Julie Devercelly)Gary Devercelly Jr. died of alcohol poisoning during a hazing incident at Rider University. He was a baseballplayer from California prior to coming to Rider.2008University of DelawareSigma Alpha MuHazing DeathBrett Griffin, 18, of Kendall Park, N.J died in Newark, DE. The Delta Lambda chapter of Sigma Alpha Mu hasbeen charged with midemeanor hazing by the Delaware Attorney General’s office, the Associated Press reported.Newark Police have charged University of Delaware students, all members or pledges of Sigma Alpha Mu, hadalready been charged as individuals by Newark police with alcohol and drug offenses stemming from theinvestigation of the death of Brett Griffin. However, police emphasized the individuals have no links to the deathof Griffin. Griffin, died at a party in November. The fraternity is already being sued by Griffin’s family.2008Wabash CollegeDelta Tau DeltaFamily member blames death on hazingThe attorney for the family of 18-year-old Johnny D. Smith of Tucson, Arizona who died of alcohol poisoningtook the unusual step of calling a press conference calling for investigation of possible hazing. Smith’sgrandmother, Monya Ballah, Tucson, wrote that her grandson told her pledges were being pressured to drinkalcohol in an e-mail to The Indianapolis Star.2008Lenoir RhyneTheta ChiHazing denied by school but events fit Theta Chi definition of hazingPolice complained that university officials waited two days before asking them to investigate the death of HarrisonKowiak, 18, in what has been called a physical initiation game. The death has not officially been ruled hazing, butthe father of Kowiak said the event certainly met the definition of hazing.Earlier in the year the Lenoir-Rhyne women’s soccer team was videotaped in a hazing incident involving alcohol.2008Utah StateSigma Nu (with Chi Omega participation)Hazing (alcohol given to male pledges by sorority members)The death of Michael Starks is sending several fraternity and sorority members to jail in 2009.Chi Omega and Sigma Nu were suspended following the death.2008Cal PolySigma Alpha EpsilonHazing
  7. 7. The death of pledge Carson Starkey, 18, on December 2, 2008 of alcohol poisoning has resulted in charges againstmembers.2009SUNY GeneseoPigs Drinking Club (sub-rosa organization)HazingArman Partamian, a recent Eagle Scout, died from an alcohol overdose.Information courtesy of Hank NuwerHnuwer@franklincollege.eduAgent: http://www.ciaspeakers.com/Web Page: hanknuwer.comTwitter Handle: HazingHazing Books by Hank Nuwer: Wrongs of passage; The Hazing ReaderBiographical: One Long Wild Conversation (available online through Barnes and Noble). Co-written with FraserDrew, oldest living member in Hank’s fraternity.

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