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Pledge nearly dies at Pi Lambda Phi but Greeks protest

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NEWPORT NEWS, Va. (WAVY) – Students gathered for a protest at Christopher Newport University on Tuesday.

They were upset because four students could be expelled. The University charged a number of students with hazing, underage drinking, distribution of alcohol to minors, and violations of the honor code.

Apparently the fraternity, Pi Lambda Phi, had a party in February where one of the new members, who was underage, got drunk.

The student was taken to the hospital unconscious and near death with a .40 blood alcohol level, a statement from the CNU Administration said. learned he fully recovered, but the international headquarters of Pi Lambda Phi suspended its CNU chapter for the events of that evening.

A statement from CNU said the students who were charged have a right to appeal the decision.

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. 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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