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Former chapter president at Cornell SAE wants insurance carrier to pay

Excerpt from New York Post

The former president of a suspended Cornell fraternity where a member died during a hazing ritual should not have to pay for the sins of his brothers, he claims in a new lawsuit.

Eric Barnum, onetime head of Sigma Alpha Epsilon Fraternity, and his parents are suing the Greek organization’s insurance company to cover costs for a lawsuit by the dead member’s family.

In the new Manhattan lawsuit, Barnum says the hazing exclusion by insurer Lloyd’s doesn’t apply to him because he didn’t participate in the binge-drinking ritual that resulted in Brooklyn resident George Desdunes’ 2011 death.


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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