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Update on Chico charges with Beta Theta Pi chapter

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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The fraternity’s charter was revoked last month after complaints to the University Police Department sparked an investigation that led to the discovery of possible hazing during the spring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

Hank Nuwer is the Indiana-based 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 new book is Hazing: Destroying Young Lives from Indiana University Press.

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