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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.

WAVY.com 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

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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