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Buffalo News: Lambda Phi Epsilon

Moderator: The high number of serious incidents connected to Lambda Phi Epsilon has put this particular group on the radar screen of school administrators and journalists as a potential hazard to prospective members. The serious incidents in the press are mounting with this group. Remember, this is an organization founded only in 1981. Not all Lambda Phi Epsilon chapters are problematic, of course, but way too many chapters have been connected with brutal hazing.

Here is the latest from two Buffalo schools with members charged and pledges hospitalized.

The Buffalo News

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05/12/09 07:08 AM
Six remain free on bail in fraternity hazing

Six local college students who were charged with assault after allegedly taking part in a hazing ritual were allowed to remain free on bail Monday while an investigation continues.

City Judge James A. W. McLeod scheduled further proceedings for Kong M. Siu, 21, of Bayside; Ronald Lin, 21, of Brooklyn; Qiyvan Zhang, 22, of Groton; Brian B. Shim, 22, of Syosett; Andrew Lui, 21, of Brooklyn; and Ho Lee, 22, of Woodbury. All have been charged with felony second-degree assault and misdemeanor hazing.

The six are said to be members of Lambda Phi Epsilon fraternity. They are accused of paddling three victims and forcing them to drink alcohol until they lost consciousness April 26 in a Winspear Avenue home.

Edward C. Cosgrove, attorney for all six defendants, confirmed that all six have been suspended from class until the criminal case is resolved. Five of the defendants are from the University at Buffalo. The sixth, Shim, in a junior in D’Youville’s nursing program.

According to court documents, the victims were found unconscious in a locked upstairs bedroom, hospitalized for two days at Erie Medical Center and treated for “dehydration, alcohol poisoning, blood in urine and severe pain, swelling and severe bruising to buttocks.”

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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