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Phi Kappa Tau lists media inquiries spokesperson


From the national’s home page below:

Student death at Rider University

Oxford, Ohio

Phi Kappa Tau wishes to extend its deepest sympathies to the family of Gary DeVercelly who died this morning. We are deeply saddened by Gary’s passing, and our thoughts and prayers are with the family, his friends and the Delta Psi chapter at this time.

The second Rider University student hospitalized on Thursday morning has been released and is recovering.

Domain Director Scott Brown, Tennessee ’88, is working with the university and other Phi Kappa Tau officials in assisting student members.

We would like to thank the Rider University Administration and community for their support during this difficult time.

The campus will host a memorial service on Saturday, March 31. For specific details, please visit the Rider University website at

Additional information will be posted as it becomes available. Please address inquiries to Phi Kappa Tau Director of Communication Erin Zinsmeister at or 800-PKT-1906.

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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