Hazing News

4/19/2006 Hartwick

ONEONTA — A former Hartwick College lacrosse player pleaded innocent to hazing and other charges in Oneonta City Court on Tuesday.
Michael Vasile, 22, of Geneva, appeared before Judge Walter L. Terry III and entered innocent pleas to first-degree unlawfully dealing with a child, second-degree hazing and second-degree harassment.
A pre-trial conference for Vasile has been scheduled for May 9.
The case of a second former lacrosse player was adjourned until May 9, according to court officials. He faces the same charges.
The two were the only people arrested after an investigation into an alleged hazing incident during a men’s lacrosse team party.
Police said that rookie players had two hours to drink a half keg at a Sunday afternoon party at the home of other lacrosse players.

By Hank Nuwer

Hank Nuwer is the Indiana-based author of Hazing: Destroying Young Lives; Broken Pledges: The Deadly Rite of Hazing, High School Hazing, Wrongs of Passage and The Hazing Reader. He has written articles or columns on hazing for the Sunday Times of India, Toronto Globe & Mail, Harper's Magazine, Orlando Sentinel, The Chronicle of Higher Education and the New York Times Sunday Magazine. His new book is Hazing: Destroying Young Lives from Indiana University Press.

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