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Sigma Chi case moves in Lincoln

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LINCOLN, Neb. — Eight members of the Sigma Chi fraternity at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln have pleaded not guilty to hazing and alcohol charges.

Former Sigma Chi pledges accused the members of physical and mental abuse.

Court affidavits detailed claims that members threw books and full beer cans at pledges and used racially charged words to describe them.

The attorney for one of the fraternity members who was charged said his client should be presumed innocent.

“We’re looking forward to receiving the reports on this case and get moving on it,” said attorney John Berry.

Court proceedings have been scheduled for later this summer for all eight defendants. The University has suspended the frat

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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