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    PA - Michael Deng, 19, dies in hazing ritual, Tunkhannock Township, 8 Dec 2013

    I just came home from a long hard day of work. As I sit here, warming up my dinner-I turned on the TV. This is what I saw:

    Police: NY College Student Dies in Hazing Ritual

    http://www.usatoday.com/videos/news/...12/12/3995951/



    This really breaks my heart.

    Baruch College freshman, 19, dies during fraternity 'pledging event' in Pennsylvania

    Chen 'Michael' Deng died of a massive head injury at a Wilkes-Barre hospital after allegedly participating in an 'unsanctioned fraternity pledging event.'

    http://www.nydailynews.com/new-york/...icle-1.1544648

    MOO, I HATE Fraternities and Sororities. MOO
    Do you really need to do this crap to "fit in"????

    I am fuming.
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    Charges coming in death of NYC college student: Pa. DA

    Read more: http://pix11.com/2013/12/12/charges-...#ixzz2nJ0ZndbX

    Christine said Thursday that Deng was forced to run a gauntlet blindfolded and with a heavy weight on his back. The teenager suffered a fatal brain injury.

    Deng was one of four pledges to the Pi Delta Psi fraternity. About 30 fraternity members spent the weekend at a rented house in the Poconos.

    He died of a head injury and they never called 911.

    http://pix11.com/2013/12/12/baruch-f...#axzz2nI3yBXks



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    In defense of sororities/fraternities (well, at least sororities):

    I was in a sorority in college and in our chapter, at least, there was no hazing when I was a pledge. We were told by our "pledge mom" (sister in charge of educating the pledges about the sisterhood's history, rituals, etc) that we were absolutely to report any hazing immediately and that our sorority didn't haze because "we're supposed to love our little sisters, not do bad things to them or hurt them." I never heard of any girl being hazed while I was a pledge or after being iniated.

    Most of the frats on the campus did haze, even though some of it was stuff like having to recite the Greek alphabet backward on demand or take a drink (I witnessed this at a frat party) to some much less mild stuff. Some of the other sororities allegedly hazed too, but there was none in my sorority.

    Membership in a Greek letter organization can be a wonderful experience. In fact, Greeks are more likely to graduate college (71%) than non-Greeks (50%); Greeks also have higher grade-point averages than non-Greeks. Also, "Fraternity or sorority members form the largest network of volunteers in the U.S.-Nationally, fraternity or sorority members volunteer approximately 10 million hours of community service annually." There's a whole bunch of other stats here:
    http://www.umkc.edu/getinvolved/fsa-...statistics.asp

    But chapters and organizations are like people- some good, some bad. My sisters and I watched out for one another. If we were out and saw another sister who was drunk off her rear and looked like she was about to make a bad decision, we'd go up to her and tell her "That's Not (Sorority nickname)". It was kind of a code for "your behavior is embarrassing you and your sisters and possibly putting you in harm's way. Let me help you get out of this situation." Then we'd call her a cab or escort her back to her room. Plenty of members of other organizations on my campus would have just joined in with the bad decision making if they saw a sister/brother like this and had a good old time.

    Please don't judge all Greeks by those who did not act as sisterly or brotherly as they should have or made stupid decisions.

    ETA: I am absolutely not defending these boys. Not calling 911 for their brother/pledge is disgusting, as was the hazing. These aren't brothers I'd want.
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    This young Freshman died in a hazing.



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    Quote Originally Posted by ktgirl View Post
    In defense of sororities/fraternities (well, at least sororities):

    I was in a sorority in college and in our chapter, at least, there was no hazing when I was a pledge. We were told by our "pledge mom" (sister in charge of educating the pledges about the sisterhood's history, rituals, etc) that we were absolutely to report any hazing immediately and that our sorority didn't haze because "we're supposed to love our little sisters, not do bad things to them or hurt them." I never heard of any girl being hazed while I was a pledge or after being iniated.

    Most of the frats on the campus did haze, even though some of it was stuff like having to recite the Greek alphabet backward on demand or take a drink (I witnessed this at a frat party) to some much less mild stuff. Some of the other sororities allegedly hazed too, but there was none in my sorority.

    Membership in a Greek letter organization can be a wonderful experience. In fact, Greeks are more likely to graduate college (71%) than non-Greeks (50%); Greeks also have higher grade-point averages than non-Greeks. Also, "Fraternity or sorority members form the largest network of volunteers in the U.S.-Nationally, fraternity or sorority members volunteer approximately 10 million hours of community service annually." There's a whole bunch of other stats here:
    http://www.umkc.edu/getinvolved/fsa-...statistics.asp

    But chapters and organizations are like people- some good, some bad. My sisters and I watched out for one another. If we were out and saw another sister who was drunk off her rear and looked like she was about to make a bad decision, we'd go up to her and tell her "That's Not (Sorority nickname)". It was kind of a code for "your behavior is embarrassing you and your sisters and possibly putting you in harm's way. Let me help you get out of this situation." Then we'd call her a cab or escort her back to her room. Plenty of members of other organizations on my campus would have just joined in with the bad decision making if they saw a sister/brother like this and had a good old time.

    Please don't judge all Greeks by those who did not act as sisterly or brotherly as they should have or made stupid decisions.

    ETA: I am absolutely not defending these boys. Not calling 911 for their brother/pledge is disgusting, as was the hazing. These aren't brothers I'd want.
    Thanks, just not my thing. It never was.



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    Wink

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    I think you're misunderstanding me- I meant some groups would see bad decisions as a chance to have good a time. Mine certainly didn't and plenty don't;we were told to go out of our way to help a sister who was making bad decisions.

    This man's fraternity chapter obviously did not promote taking care of one's brothers. They should be kicked off campus and lose their charter, and these young men should go to jail.

    Again, my sorority chapter did not haze, but I know many do. But not all.

    We were not a club that got together to drink or humiliate pledges. We had study hours, tutoring, and numerous charitable service projects, which far out-weighed the number of mixers, theme parties, or formals we had. Some Greek letter organizations chapters may be glorified drinking clubs, but mine wasn't.

    Each sorority (I don't know about fraternities) has a philanthropy that they raise money for in addition to often participating in service work in the local community.
    For example, one of the biggest donors each year to CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates) is Kappa Alpha Theta. Phi Mu is one of the biggest donors to Make-A-Wish. The women hold fundraisers like car washes, cookie sales, cook-outs, concerts, etc. to raise money for these philanthropies. Many women that graduated with me who were my sisters are still actively involved in charity work with our fraternity's national philanthropy.

    When Terrilynn Monette went missing in New Orleans last spring, her sorority's members really led to news of her disappearance exploding all over social media. Terrilynn was a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha and thousands of AKA members - the vast majority of whom weren't in the same chapter and had never met her - tweeted, retweeeted, and facebooked news of her disappearance all over the web. That's what sisterhood/brotherhood is supposed to be about, NOT this awful hazing that Michael endured and died from.

    All I ask is that you don't judge the hundreds of thousands of men and women who joined fraternities and sororities by these sorry excuses for "brothers."
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    5 fraternity brothers face third-degree murder charges in hazing death of Baruch College freshman

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    Thirty-two other fraternity members were also charged with assault, hazing and criminal conspiracy.

    http://www.nydailynews.com/news/crim...icle-1.2360281


    37 People Charged in New York Fraternity Hazing Death

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    Charges recommended by a grand jury include homicide and involuntary manslaughter

    Thirty-seven people were charged in connection with the 2013 hazing death of Michael Deng.

    http://time.com/4034266/michael-deng-fraternity-hazing/

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    Fraternities need to be banned. How long does this have to go on, before it is put to a stop permanently?

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    Quote Originally Posted by KaaBoom View Post
    Fraternities need to be banned. How long does this have to go on, before it is put to a stop permanently?
    Lots and lots of frat brothers grow up to be wealthy white men. We'll get rid of frats when we turn golf courses into parks and community gardens.

    JMcynicalO


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    http://www.poconorecord.com/article/...NEWS/151139940

    At a Monday preliminary hearing, Pocono Pines Magisterial District Judge Richard Claypool found sufficient evidence to send charges against Pi Delta Psi fraternity and colony members Charles Lai, 24, of Queens Village, N.Y., Kenny Kwan, no age listed, of Astoria, N.Y., Sheldon Wong, 23, of Queens, N.Y., and Raymond Lam, 22, of Kew Garden Hills, N.Y., to county court, where each defendant can go to trial, plead guilty or plead no contest.

    The defendants are charged in the Dec. 8, 2013 death of Michael Deng, 19, of Oakland Park, N.Y., at a house the colony was renting that weekend on Candlewood Drive in Tunkhannock Township.

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    Ex-Baruch College fraternity member settles suit on hazing death

    http://www.reuters.com/article/us-pe...-idUSKBN13B2P4

    A Pennsylvania judge on Wednesday approved a $300,000 settlement in a civil suit related to the death of a Baruch College freshman during an alleged fraternity hazing ritual in 2013.

    The settlement is the first in a lawsuit brought by the family of Michael Deng, 19, who died of head injuries suffered in what the family called a violent hazing incident involving members of the Pi Delta Psi fraternity.

    Sheldon Wong, who is one of five former members of the fraternity awaiting trial on third-degree murder charges, is the first of eight people sued by Deng's family to settle.

    "Apparently he and his counsel wanted to step up and do right by the family," said Douglas Fierberg, an attorney for Deng's parents, Mary Liu Deng and Qing Yuan Deng.

    District Attorney David Christine said Wong and the other murder defendants will likely face trial in March.



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