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Alcohol-related death at Iona (non-hazing)

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Adam Lynch was found dead in his Loftus Hall dorm room in New Rochelle, N.Y., by his two roommates around 9:40 a.m. Wednesday.

His death recalls this 1999 hazing death:

Iona University (New York)
(Dec. 1999 death leads to charges in 2000; put in 1999 listings)
Sigma Tau Omega

Kevin Lawless died in December during pledging. Police charged brothers of the chapter
with numerous misdemeanor charges, including hazing, in April 2000. (They later were sentenced to perform community service).
He died with a blood alcohol content of .34 in combination with a heart defect, said the coroner. The chapter was operating without
school sanction because of a previous ban for misconduct.

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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