Hazing News

New: Baruch College’s Danny Chen represented by top counsel

Link to the story Pocono Record.


Attorney Hugh Mo notified the Monroe County District Attorney’s Office Wednesday that he is representing Danny Chen, a member of the Pi Delta Psi’s former Baruch College chapter.

The chapter is being investigated in the Dec. 9 death of Chun Deng, 19, a finance student at Baruch in Manhattan.

Chen, 21, a Baruch business major, is one of three fraternity members who, after the suspected hazing ritual during which Deng was injured, drove Deng to the hospital where he later died.

Since Deng’s death, the national office of Pi Delta Psi, an Asian-American cultural fraternity, has distanced itself from this particular chapter, which has been ousted from the Baruch College campus for conducting what Baruch called an “unsanctioned” ritual without the college’s knowledge.

Though Mo is representing Chen, no one had been charged in Deng’s death as of Wednesday.

“The case is large in scope,” Monroe County First Assistant District Attorney Michael Mancuso said. “The sheer number (of other frat members) involved and the varying degrees of involvement need to be sorted out.”

Calling Deng’s death a tragedy for all involved, Mo said it remains to be seen if the death was caused by hazing or by something else, such as any pre-existing medical conditions Deng might have had.

“We’ll have to wait for the autopsy (toxicology) results to see what determination is made as to the cause and manner of death,” Mo said.

About 30 frat members rented a Candlewood Drive home in Sierra View, Tunkhannock Township, for the weekend of Dec. 7 and 8, according to Pocono Mountain Regional Police.

Between 5 and 5:30 a.m. on Dec. 8, Deng and three other pledges were partaking in a ritual called the “Glass Ceiling” in the backyard, police said.

By Hank Nuwer

Journalist Hank Nuwer is the Alaska author of Hazing: Destroying Young Lives; Broken Pledges: The Deadly Rite of Hazing, High School Hazing, Wrongs of Passage and The Hazing Reader. In April of 2024, the Alaska Press Club awarded him first place in the Best Columnist division and Best Humorist, second place.

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 current book is Hazing: Destroying Young Lives from Indiana University Press. He is married to Malgorzata Wroblewska Nuwer of Warsaw, Poland and Fairbanks, Alaska. Nuwer is a former columnist for the Greenville (Ohio)Early Bird and former managing editor of the Fairbanks Daily News-Miner in Alaska.
Nuwer was named the Ohio Society of Professional Journalists columnist of the year in 2021 for his “After Darke” column in the Early Bird. He also won third place for the column in 2022 from the Indiana chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists. He and his wife Gosia, recently of Union City, Ind., have owned 20 acres in Alaska for many years. “The move is a sort-of coming home for us,” said Nuwer. As a journalist, he’s written about the Alaskan Iditarod sled-dog race and other Alaska topics. Read his musings in his blog at Real Alaska Daily-- and in his weekly column "Far from Randolph" in the Winchester Star-Gazette of Randolph County, Indiana.

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