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Courthouse News Service says pledge suit includes serious allegations of abuse

LINCOLN, Neb. (CN) – Sigma Chi Fraternity at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln subjected a pledge to violent hazing, including being sodomized by a stripper while others watched, and other degrading, assaultive and racist actions, the pledge claims in Lancaster County Court. He claims that pledges were repeatedly threatened not to report the assaults and degradation to police or to “Greek Affairs.”
Michael McCoolidge sued nine individuals, the Sigma Chi Building Corp., Alpha Epsilon Chapter of Sigma Chi at University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Sigma Chi Corp., and Sigma Chi Fraternity.

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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