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Grand jury shames post-Paterno’s Penn State community

From the New York Times

The grand jury also wrote unsparingly of the fraternity culture at Penn State, a campus that last made national headlines amid a sexual abuse scandal involving its former assistant football coach. The indictment pinned “direct fault” on the entire Penn State Greek community, writing that it “nurtured an environment so permissive of excessive drinking and hazing that it emboldened its members to repeatedly act with reckless disregard to human life.”

The events had already prompted Beta Theta Pi’s international fraternity to suspend and disband the Penn State chapter. In a statement on Friday, it called the charges “incredibly disheartening.”

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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