Hazing News

Students charged with less serious offenses by name



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Judge Sinclair’s decision followed seven days of testimony and arguments from attorneys for 16 of the 18 men charged in Piazza’s death following a booze-soaked pledge night party where hazing is alleged.

The ruling culminates a preliminary hearing that has been anything but ordinary, both in its length and its use by defense attorneys as a trial test.

Students who will stand trial on at least one charge include: Brendan Young, 21, of Malvern, president of the Beta Theta Pi chapter at Penn State, and fellow fraternity members Daniel Casey, 20, of Ronkonkoma, N.Y, the pledge master; Jonah Neuman, 20, of Nashville; Nick Kubera, 19, of Downingtown; Michael Bonatucci, 20, of Woodstock, Ga.; Gary DiBileo, 21, of Scranton; Luke Visser, 19, of Encinitas, Calif.; and Joe Sala, 19, of Erie.

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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