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January 2, 2009

DAVENPORT — A student from UC Santa Cruz remains hospitalized weeks after he lost consciousness during what police say may have been a fraternity hazing ritual.

Warren Fung, 20, has regained consciousness, but has remained hospitalized since the Dec. 15 incident at Bonny Doon Beach.

It is unclear how long Fung was in the water or on the beach, where about 50 people were gathered as early as 7 a.m. that day, according to Kirk Lingenfelter, State Parks supervisor for the Santa Cruz County coastline.

The Santa Cruz district attorney’s office and park rangers are now investigating whether a crime was committed.

UC Santa Cruz will look into the possible hazing after the State Parks investigation is complete.

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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