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Lafayette College president says evidence points to an alcohol death that may be linked to organization

If so, this may be a hazing death. Moderator

 

Excerpt from the Lafayette student newspaper

 

President Daniel H. Weiss confirmed Wednesday that freshman Everett Glenn was taking part in an underground recruiting event the morning of his death on All College Day.

“There’s clear circumstantial evidence that Everett was participating in a recruiting event for an organization that had lost its charter a year ago,” Weiss said. “That’s KDR.”

The National Fraternity of Kappa Delta Rho (KDR) revoked the charter of its Lafayette chapter in June 2011.

Former KDR affiliates maintain that no underground chapter exists here on campus.

“All there is on this campus are 17 alumni members,” said one KDR alumnus who wished to remain anonymous. Another source close to the KDRs was adamant that they are no more than a group of friends.

“The administration has strong evidence for what they’re asserting,” Weiss said. “Very strong evidence.” He declined to elaborate on what that evidence was, but confirmed that it included testimony from people who had seen Glenn on All College Day.

Until now, the school has said little about the circumstances surrounding Glenn’s death, which was attributed to “acute ethanol intoxication” in the State of the College email sent by Weiss and Board of Trustees Chair Ed Ahart ‘69 in August.

Weiss, while admitting that he is unsure whether KDR is underground or not, said, “Everett was awakened at 4 o’clock in the morning as part of a recruitment event by a group of people who were affiliated with the former KDR, and they went to a party.”

Some students disagree with Weiss’s assessment.

“Everett chose to get up early—very early—and start drinking,” a junior and self-identified friend of KDR alumni said. “To say that he was woken up is false.”

Weiss is not the only one pointing to the former fraternity. Last week, at the Presidential Search Meeting in Boston, Ahart told alumni that Glenn had been drinking with an unrecognized student group. There had been “a lot of forced drinking,” he said.

Weiss clarified that KDR was not responsible for Glenn’s death, but did supply the freshman with alcohol that morning. Glenn had reportedly been drinking with a number of groups that day.

Weiss said he did not discuss KDR’s involvement earlier in the investigation because the group is unsanctioned and unrecognized.

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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