Hazing News

Update on Chico charges with Beta Theta Pi chapter

Link at


Three members of the now-banned Beta Theta Pi fraternity are being charged with misdemeanor violations of Matt’s Law for hazing activities that occurred in April.
The fraternity’s charter was revoked last month after complaints to the University Police Department sparked an investigation that led to the discovery of possible hazing during the spring semester’s pledging activities.
Members allegedly used calisthenics, including extreme forced exercise, crawling through mud and immersion in an ice-water bath, District Attorney Mike Ramsey said.

Among the charged are president Christopher Bizot, 23, vice president Michael Murphy, 22, and ritualist Matthew Krupp, 23. Bizot and Murphy are Chico State University students and Krupp attends Butte

Disclosure: As part of his pro bono work, the moderator has assisted undergraduates as an unpaid volunteer “Friend of Beta” for Beta Theta Pi undergrads at Indiana University, Purdue University, and the national headquarters at Miami, Ohio. He has written an opinion column urging an end to hazing practices as a part of a need for fraternity reform for that organization’s trade magazine.

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. In April of 2024, the Alaska Press Club awarded him first place in the Best Columnist division and Best Humorist, second place.

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.

Leave a Reply

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.