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Another not-guilty plea: Rider

Michael J. Torney, 21, was charged with aggravated hazing in connection with the death of Gary DeVercelly Jr.
Torney was president of the fraternity’s Rider Phi Tau chapter. He pleaded not-guilty today.

By Hank Nuwer

Hank Nuwer is the Indiana-based author of 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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