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NIU Pledge Dies in Hazing Incident

From the Chicago Tribune:

Nearly two dozen members of a Northern Illinois University fraternity were charged with hazing crimes Monday after a student died following excessive drinking at a party last month.

On the night before his death, freshman David Bogenberger went from room to room in the Pi Kappa Alpha fraternity, answering a series of questions in exchange for vodka and other liquor over a two-hour period, authorities said…

“He wanted to be liked. He wanted to be accepted,” said Peter R. Coladarci, the Bogenberger family attorney. “It’s a classic case of a kid who just wants to fit in with the group.”

Bogenberger’s efforts to fit in proved fatal, as he was found dead in a fraternity house bed the next morning. Subsequent tests found his blood alcohol content was about five times the legal limit for driving of 0.08 percent at the time of his death, authorities said.

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