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Hazing Leads To Prison For Fraternity Brothers
ClickonDetroit ^ | January 30, 2007 | AP

Posted on 01/30/2007 5:43:52 AM PST by ShadowDancer

Hazing Leads To Prison For Fraternity Brothers

POSTED: 2:25 am EST January 30, 2007
UPDATED: 2:32 am EST January 30, 2007

TALLAHASSEE -- A Florida judge said she wanted to send a message with the state's first prosecution under a new felony hazing law.

Circuit Judge Kathleen Dekker gave two Florida A&M fraternity brothers two-year prison terms for paddling a pledge with wooden canes.

Dekker said one year terms might have been sufficient to punish the two Kappa Alpha Psi members but she added the second year to make sure their sentences served as a deterrent.

One of them was accused of paddling the pledge while the other urged the pledge to take the paddling and revived him when he passed out.

Last month, a jury convicted the two under a new law that makes it a felony to take part in hazing that results in serious bodily injury.


TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Culture/Society; News/Current Events; US: Florida
KEYWORDS: blackfraternities; florida; hazing
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1 posted on 01/30/2007 5:43:53 AM PST by ShadowDancer
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To: ShadowDancer

This is a BLACK fraternity.


2 posted on 01/30/2007 5:46:26 AM PST by jimbo123
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To: jimbo123

And?


3 posted on 01/30/2007 5:49:19 AM PST by ShadowDancer (Life is not tried, it is merely survived if you're standing outside the fire.)
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To: ShadowDancer
...under a new felony hazing law.

Felony hazing? So a frat pledge got his ass spanked by a wooden paddle (the article fails to mention the extent of his 'injuries'), and these guys are now convicted felons?

Is there any doubt that our government wants to make us all criminals? What are the two things convicted felons can't do, boys and girls? Vote and own a gun, the only two ways to dispose corrupt politicians.

With each new law the politicians pass to make crimes felonies, they tighten their grip over us.

4 posted on 01/30/2007 5:50:35 AM PST by CrawDaddyCA (Paul/Tancredo 2008)
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To: jimbo123

Does it matter to the story that it was a black fraternity?


5 posted on 01/30/2007 5:51:15 AM PST by elc (Guns kill people the same way the spoon made Rosie O'Donnell fat.)
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To: jimbo123

Were they "stepping" while they beat him?


6 posted on 01/30/2007 5:56:07 AM PST by Krankor (kROGER)
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To: elc

The fact that it was left out of the story was intended to smear all fraternities. Black fraternities are notorious for beating their pledges with paddles until they bleed, suffer broken bones, etc.


7 posted on 01/30/2007 5:56:08 AM PST by jimbo123
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To: CrawDaddyCA

Felony hazing? So a frat pledge got his ass spanked by a wooden paddle (the article fails to mention the extent of his 'injuries'), and these guys are now convicted felons?

It does say that he passed out.


8 posted on 01/30/2007 5:59:25 AM PST by freedomfiter2 (Hunter '08)
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To: CrawDaddyCA

The local press covered this more extensively - the pledge needed surgery to repair the injuries he received from this "paddling." This went way beyond a hazing stunt, which is usually meant to be embarrassing and perhaps uncomfortable, but which should not be so bad that another person has to be standing by (as even this article mentions) to revive the pledge when he passes out from the pain. What is described here as "paddling" was clearly more on the order of one of the more gruesome punishments in the Muslim world, where people are literally caned to death.


9 posted on 01/30/2007 6:01:27 AM PST by livius
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To: jimbo123

Don't forget the branding of members...

makes them look like cattle.


10 posted on 01/30/2007 6:01:28 AM PST by misterrob (Jack Bauer/Chuck Norris 2008)
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To: freedomfiter2

The kid had internal injuries that required surgery. He had to leave school because of it.


11 posted on 01/30/2007 6:02:58 AM PST by NorthFlaRebel
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To: ShadowDancer

I went to school to learn...not to join a drinking club and have my a$$ paddled. Both are at fault. The "victim" for letting it happen and the other two idiots for having a fetish to spank a guys butt.


12 posted on 01/30/2007 6:05:30 AM PST by Dallas59 (HAPPY NEW YEAR 2007!)
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To: CrawDaddyCA

sounds like the paddlee passed out. That's a lot of paddling.


13 posted on 01/30/2007 6:06:24 AM PST by Mercat
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To: jimbo123

Black fraternities are notorious -- interesting bit of data.


14 posted on 01/30/2007 6:07:52 AM PST by bboop (Stealth Tutor)
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To: jimbo123

Their whole culture is out of whack. They run their pledge program like boot camp as if they are training to become part of some army. They are separatists as well.


15 posted on 01/30/2007 6:09:20 AM PST by misterrob (Jack Bauer/Chuck Norris 2008)
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To: jimbo123

That's because at most schools, they are not (or weren't until recently) regulated by the universities.

But that is neither here nor there. There are plenty of stories about non-black fraternities doing stupid things like this.


16 posted on 01/30/2007 6:10:13 AM PST by elc (Guns kill people the same way the spoon made Rosie O'Donnell fat.)
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To: jimbo123
The fact that it was left out of the story was intended to smear all fraternities. Black fraternities are notorious for beating their pledges with paddles until they bleed, suffer broken bones, etc.

Roger that. The things are considered "hazing" in a black fraternity are normally considered "assault" or worse in a white one.

17 posted on 01/30/2007 6:10:55 AM PST by AngryJawa ({NRA}{IDPA} GO HUNTER '08)
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To: elc

Most white fraternity hazing injuries/deaths occur because of alcohol induced stupidity.

Most black fraternity hazing injuries/deaths occur because of beatings and physical violence.


18 posted on 01/30/2007 6:11:59 AM PST by jimbo123
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To: freedomfiter2
Felony hazing? So a frat pledge got his ass spanked by a wooden paddle (the article fails to mention the extent of his 'injuries'), and these guys are now convicted felons?

It does say that he passed out.

True, which indicates pretty significant injuries. Also, a careful reading of the article indicates that this person was hit with a wooden cane, not a wooden paddle. Big difference.

As a reminder, caning is what happened to that fellow in Singapore a few years back after he was convicted of vandalism. It is not pretty.

I won't post the pictures here, because they are not for the faint of heart, but if anyone is interested in seeing the results of a caning, go here:

http://www.pekingduck.org/archives/000383.php

19 posted on 01/30/2007 6:19:42 AM PST by Publius Valerius
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To: elc

I agree that it's not here, but I definitely think that it's there.


20 posted on 01/30/2007 6:22:11 AM PST by Krankor (kROGER)
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To: ShadowDancer
(Judge)Dekker said one year terms might have been sufficient to punish ,,,,,,,, but she added the second year to make sure their sentences served as a deterrent.

Let the punishment fit the crime judge.

An all seeing, all knowing judge is deterring crime?

21 posted on 01/30/2007 6:24:45 AM PST by TYVets (God so loved the world he didn't send a committee)
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To: elc
There are plenty of stories about non-black fraternities doing stupid things like this.

Yes but they usually get kicked off campus for doing it.

22 posted on 01/30/2007 6:25:23 AM PST by AppyPappy (If you aren't part of the solution, there is good money to be made prolonging the problem.)
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To: Publius Valerius

I have a modern art painting that looks like that.


23 posted on 01/30/2007 6:36:59 AM PST by Krankor (kROGER)
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To: jimbo123
The fact that it was left out of the story was intended to smear all fraternities. Black fraternities are notorious for beating their pledges with paddles until they bleed, suffer broken bones, etc.

I think it's Omega Psi Phi that brands their pledges at initiation with an Omega on their arm.

24 posted on 01/30/2007 6:47:33 AM PST by Tatze (I'm in a state of taglinelessness!)
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Thank you sir, may I have another!


25 posted on 01/30/2007 6:55:52 AM PST by vollmond (Sorry, Mom, the mob has spoken!)
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To: AppyPappy

Kappa Alpha Psi was kicked off campus for this.


26 posted on 01/30/2007 6:55:55 AM PST by elc (Guns kill people the same way the spoon made Rosie O'Donnell fat.)
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To: CrawDaddyCA
So a frat pledge got his ass spanked by a wooden paddle

CANES - not a paddle. Big difference. Caning is used as legal punishment in some Asian countries because it is like WHIPPING. The pledge in this case passed out from the pain. Just how hard do you think the caning was inflicted by these hazers?

27 posted on 01/30/2007 7:04:15 AM PST by NotJustAnotherPrettyFace
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To: freedomfiter2

And the hazing was done by a CANE - not a paddle. Paddles spread out the impact to a flat surface. Caning is like WHIPPING.


28 posted on 01/30/2007 7:05:43 AM PST by NotJustAnotherPrettyFace
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To: CrawDaddyCA
What are the two things convicted felons can't do, boys and girls? Vote

....unless they're democrats....

29 posted on 01/30/2007 7:05:57 AM PST by Tokra (I think I'll retire to Bedlam.)
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To: vollmond

Getting your fat ass paddled is no way to go through life son.

30 posted on 01/30/2007 7:11:05 AM PST by Enterprise (Drop pork bombs on the Islamofascist wankers. Praise the Lord and pass the hammunition.)
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To: ShadowDancer; All
There were also THREE other defendants involved.

Frat brothers get 2 years for hazing

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. -- Two fraternity brothers both received two-year prison terms Monday from a judge who said she wanted to send a message with the state's first prosecution under a felony hazing law.

Florida A&M University students Michael Morton, 23, of Fort Lauderdale, and Jason Harris, 25, of Jacksonville, were led from the courtroom in handcuffs, as was Harris' lawyer, Richard Keith Alan II, who was charged with indirect criminal contempt.

Morton, former president of the university's Kappa Alpha Psi fraternity, was found guilty of striking prospective member Marcus Jones, 20, of Decatur, Ga., with a wooden cane so severely during four nights of initiation rites that he underwent surgery for bruising to his buttocks.

Harris was convicted of participating by encouraging Jones to bear up under the beatings and reviving him with water after he passed out so he could go back for more punishment.

Circuit Judge Kathleen Dekker did not explain her decision to charge Alan with contempt of court, but he often argued with her rulings, even after the decisions were made.

She said she imposed a two-year sentence on the fraternity members to deter others.

"I want to save the victims who will quietly go along because they want to belong," Dekker said. "I want schools to be furious and mad and upset that they can lose talent to this and come down hard on hazing."

They could have received 12 months to five years under sentencing guidelines for their December conviction. The 2005 law made it a felony to participate in hazing that results in serious bodily injury.

It was the second trial for Morton, Harris and three other Kappa Alpha Psi members. The first jury was unable to reach a verdict for any of the five defendants after raising questions about serious bodily injury, which is not defined in the law. The second jury also was unable to reach a verdict for the other three defendants, and they are to be tried a third time in March.

Clergy members, university professors and former Florida A&M University President Fred Gainous testified that Morton and Harris were upstanding, and they urged leniency.

They also asked the judge to withhold adjudication of guilt, which she refused to do. That decision means Harris, a pharmacy major, and Morton, who was two weeks from graduating with an engineering degree, probably will be unable to get state licenses in those professions.

Morton told the judge that he grew up without a father in his home and asked to be released so he could be a father to his unborn child. His fiancee, Lena Gallego, tearfully told the judge that she was more than four months pregnant and that Morton would never again appear in court unless it was to marry her.

Jones, who also suffered a broken ear drum that has since healed, was not in court. He told the judge in a statement that he still has pain and suffers from stress, depression and flashbacks.

His father, Army Master Sgt. Mark Jones, addressed Dekker in person, saying the defendants have not shown remorse.

31 posted on 01/30/2007 7:11:59 AM PST by NotJustAnotherPrettyFace
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To: NorthFlaRebel
Welcome to FreeRepublic! Thank you for your comments.

More from another source...
Five in Fla. fraternity charged with hazing

Tallahassee, Fla. - Marcus Jones said he had a ruptured ear drum and injuries to his buttocks that required 25 stitches after his initiation into the Kappa Alpha Psi fraternity at Florida A&M University.

He told his parents that for four days he was blindfolded, paddled with wooden canes and punched with boxing gloves.

Jones, a sophomore, wanted to keep the February incident quiet, but his father called police. They charged five fraternity brothers under a new Florida law that makes hazing a felony if it results in serious bodily injury or death. Possible penalties range from probation to five years in prison.

The case is the first major test of one of the nation's toughest anti-hazing laws. Opening statements in the trial start Wednesday, which is the middle of National Hazing Prevention Week, an event organized by the Association of Fraternity Advisors.

Forty-four states have anti- hazing laws, but Florida is one of the few that has made it a serious criminal offense, said retired Pennsylvania Judge Mitch Crane, an anti-hazing advocate who has been following the case.

"If these young men are found guilty and if they are sent to jail then it will have national implications," Crane said Monday before beginning a Hazing Prevention Week speaking tour.

Jones, 19, of Decatur, Ga., has not returned to school. His attorney did not respond to requests for comments to The Associated Press.

"My son went off to school healthy and happy. He returned busted up and bruised," his father, Army Master Sgt. Mark Jones, recently told The Miami Herald. "He looked like a soldier you see on 'M*A*S*H."'

The defendants, Brian Bowman, 23; Cory Gray, 22; Jason Harris, 25; Marcus Hughes, 21; and Michael Morton, 23, have been suspended pending the outcome of the case. The university also has suspended the fraternity chapter until 2013.

32 posted on 01/30/2007 7:15:27 AM PST by NotJustAnotherPrettyFace
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To: jimbo123

"Black fraternities are notorious for beating their pledges with paddles until they bleed, suffer broken bones, etc."

And what's with the big, deep scars of their frat carved in their arms? Looks like somebody stuck them with a branding iron or something.


33 posted on 01/30/2007 7:16:43 AM PST by L98Fiero (A fool who'll waste his life, God rest his guts.)
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To: jimbo123

My fraternity 'big brother' was a linebacker on the football team. The tradition in our fraternity was that the pledge got first shot (at his big bro). Though I had little reason to do so, I nailed him a good shot. He could have massively retaliated, but he chose not to.

The unspoken rule was 1 shot apiece. That is not to say that the brother couldn't change the rules if he wanted to (and he had the backing of the pledgemaster & phi/president).


34 posted on 01/30/2007 7:18:28 AM PST by Tallguy
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To: elc

The fraternity was "suspended" until 2013. That's not the same as being permanently kicked off campus.


35 posted on 01/30/2007 7:22:52 AM PST by NotJustAnotherPrettyFace
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To: L98Fiero

Many of them do brand. You see it on some of the football players out there. I've never seen a traditional fraternity that does it. It seems to be limited to the predominately black fraternities.


36 posted on 01/30/2007 7:24:12 AM PST by Tatze (I'm in a state of taglinelessness!)
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To: ShadowDancer

Come across our border illegally...no problem!
Molest a child...probation!
Sedition...we look theother way!

Haze a fraternity pledge...You're going to jail, son!


37 posted on 01/30/2007 7:28:38 AM PST by TBP
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To: ShadowDancer

Come across our border illegally...no problem!
Molest a child...probation!
Sedition...we look the other way!

Haze a fraternity pledge...You're going to jail, son!


38 posted on 01/30/2007 7:28:42 AM PST by TBP
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To: elc

Any serious hazing in white fraternities was stopped over thirty years ago. The black fraternities have been "hands off" and have continued hazing as much as they liked.


39 posted on 01/30/2007 7:31:39 AM PST by Locomotive Breath (In the shuffling madness)
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To: TBP
This "hazing" was caning - an assault by any definition. Take a hard look at these pictures.
40 posted on 01/30/2007 7:32:27 AM PST by NotJustAnotherPrettyFace
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To: NotJustAnotherPrettyFace

At FSU, whenever a fraternity was kicked off, it was only for a certain period of time. They all had the opportunity to come back, when their suspension is over. I don't recall one ever being permanently kicked off, unless their parent organization permanently canceled their charter.

That is the same thing as kicked off in the Greek world.

ATO got booted off campus several times for hazing. And kept coming back.


41 posted on 01/30/2007 7:34:13 AM PST by elc (Guns kill people the same way the spoon made Rosie O'Donnell fat.)
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To: Locomotive Breath
Any serious hazing in white fraternities was stopped over thirty years ago.

Pardon me but that's a naive statement. Check this out: StopHazing.org Resources: Fraternity Hazing

42 posted on 01/30/2007 7:35:22 AM PST by NotJustAnotherPrettyFace
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To: Locomotive Breath

Depends on your definition of "serious"." I'm well aware of what would be serious hazing in my book that occurred at fraternities as FSU in the 90s.

On the other hand, in my sorority, we weren't even allowed to use the word pledge.

This just happened at FSU this week: http://www.tallahassee.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20070130/FSU01/701300315/1008/FSU

Welts on the bodies? Hmm, sounds serious to me.


43 posted on 01/30/2007 7:38:56 AM PST by elc (Guns kill people the same way the spoon made Rosie O'Donnell fat.)
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To: Locomotive Breath

38.
Chico State (California)
Pi Kappa Phi
Alcohol death of a pledge

Three members will serve 30-day sentences in the death of a pledge, Adrian Heideman, an actor and popular student on campus.

The death occurred in spite of attempts by the student affairs staff to increase awareness about alcohol deaths. The 911 call is below: http://orion.csuchico.edu/Pages/Vol46issue4/online/911call.html
Three members received jail sentences of 30 days each.

44 posted on 01/30/2007 7:48:38 AM PST by NotJustAnotherPrettyFace
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To: All
Son's death leads mother on crusade - Palo Alto mom publicizes danger of binge drinking

Links to Adrian Heideman 9-1-1 Tape

Excerpt:

In the fall of 2000, Adrian Heideman did indeed make his first foray into adulthood by starting college at Cal State University at Chico. Six weeks later, the 18-year-old returned home in a casket, having died of alcohol poisoning from binge drinking at a fraternity initiation ceremony.

Since her son's death, which prompted the California State University system to implement policies to curb excessive drinking, Heideman has not faded back into the background and dealt privately with her grief.

She has channeled her sorrow into raising awareness of binge drinking on college campuses, where fall semester is just now beginning. She praises Chico State's comprehensive new policy, which, according to Shauna Quinn, manager of the school's Campus Alcohol and Drug Education Center, includes education for all freshmen and special events to promote alcohol-free fun.

Chico's efforts seem to have paid off. Once, the college was perennially on the Princeton Review's list of the nation's top "party schools." This year, it didn't crack the top 20.

"We realize the freshman year is a big time of academic and social adjustment," Quinn said. "That's why now, we make freshmen wait until the second semester to pledge to fraternities or sororities. Since Adrian's death, it's a lot more visible. There are alcohol poisoning warning posters up at the dorms."

Heideman and her husband, Mike, have pushed forward with a liability lawsuit against the Pi Kappa Phi fraternity chapter at Chico State and the national fraternity. It is expected to go to trial Nov. 4.

Already, eight fraternity brothers have settled another suit with the family, agreeing to pay a combined $500,000. Last year, three fraternity leaders served 30 days in Butte County jail after pleading no contest to providing alcohol to Heideman, a minor.

Some friends have told Edie Heideman frankly to move on, to find closure without litigation and "stop obsessing about your son's death."

But Heideman can't bring herself to stop. She says she wants to warn others who may be as naive as she was about the dangers of binge drinking.

"The worst thing that can ever happen to a parent has happened to me," she said. "So I'm going to speak my mind. It's the only thing I can do that makes sense after Adrian's death. I'd like to show every fraternity in the country what Adrian looked like when they found him dead in the frat house basement, covered in vomit and blood. I'd like them to hear the 911 tape. Let them know about the horror and the waste."

Heideman insists she is not vengeful and she volunteers that fraternities can be a positive experience. "But," she added, "they also promote a culture of drinking."

Last spring, a task force appointed by federal lawmakers released a report showing that 1,400 college students die each year in alcohol-related accidents, among them alcohol poisoning. Heideman nods and reels off more numbers. She adds that alcohol also contributed to 500,000 injuries and more than 70,000 cases of date rape on campuses last year. It's all there in the stack of books and articles on her coffee table.

"I'm becoming an expert on two subjects on which I had hoped I'd know nothing," she said, "pediatric oncology and binge drinking."

According to lawsuit depositions, Adrian soon learned otherwise. On the night of the initiation ceremony, Pi Kappa Phi pledges were picked up at their dorms, blindfolded, driven around and then put in a dorm at the house. After taking the fraternity oath, they drank with their "big brothers." Adrian downed a bottle of blackberry brandy, felt sick, was taken downstairs to sleep it off.

He never awoke.

"I wonder what he was thinking at that last moment of consciousness," his mother said. "Sometimes, my thoughts are just unbearable. But I confront them. It's important to me."

45 posted on 01/30/2007 8:00:06 AM PST by NotJustAnotherPrettyFace
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To: NotJustAnotherPrettyFace

OK - fair enough. Let me be more precise. Very strong efforts were made and continue to be made to stop hazing at white frats. Some still circumvent the rules and continue to do so. Hazing at the black frats has not been addressed to anywhere near the same degree.


46 posted on 01/30/2007 8:02:34 AM PST by Locomotive Breath (In the shuffling madness)
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To: NotJustAnotherPrettyFace

Sure, Morton wants to be a "father" to his unborn child. A sadist has no business anywhere near a child.


47 posted on 01/30/2007 8:09:39 AM PST by Politicalmom ("Always vote for principle...and your vote is never lost."-John Quincy Adams)
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To: NotJustAnotherPrettyFace
The fraternity was "suspended" until 2013. That's not the same as being permanently kicked off campus.

I don't know if the frat has an on-campus house, but that aside the suspension probably amounts to 'being kicked off campus.' No participation in the Inter-Fraternity Council activities which amounts to no (official) on-campus recruitment of pledges.

Unofficially, the local cops will probably be paying 'special attention' to their parties & other functions. We had a district justice in State College (PA) that who was the type of guy to carry-out those unofficial university vendettas. That's the way it seemed when you were on the receiving-end of unwanted legal attention; now I realize that it was just good practice in keeping the public order.

48 posted on 01/30/2007 8:30:05 AM PST by Tallguy
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To: Locomotive Breath
Maybe that's starting to change.... esp. with this latest trial and conviction. But, reading further, (see last story link & excerpted text below), is it possible that the black fraternities have been getting around the traditional definition of "hazing" because they don't really have a pledge phase? I don't know. I'm just surmising at this point.

Kappa Alpha Psi investigated for hazing [Sam Houston State Univ. - TX]

The Kappa Alpha Psi fraternity, one of the most prestigious African American fraternities in the country, has been suspended from SHSU campus activities pending an investigation into a hazing incident which took place on February 10th [2002]. The alleged incident resulted in the hospitalization of a pledge after he was paddled and beaten with canes and other objects.
"He suffered severe injuries," said Jason Warren, staff associate of student life, who visited the student in the hospital and is currently investigating the incident. "You could tell he had been assaulted both mentally and physically."
Aggravated assault charges have been filed with the Harris County Sheriff's Department and they are currently investigating the incident.
Warren said four pledges were taken to Houston Sunday night for what they thought to be an initiation. Though he could not comment on exactly what transpired, one of the pledges went to Huntsville Memorial Hospital the next day.
"He had severe bruises on his chest and buttocks," said Warren, "and he was having trouble sitting down."

San Diego State University has suspended Kappa Alpha Psi fraternity for hazing

Kappa Alpha Psi found guilty of hazing violations [Georgia Tech]

According to the letter, the Interfraternity Judicial Board said that “The fact that brothers have therefore conspired to produce a uniform and false front leads the Judicial Board to believe that there might be a more serious form of hazing taking place... it is necessary that future consequences be outlined immediately for any future hazing violations, and that these consequences be severe enough to deter dangerous behavior.”

“The brothers’ statements were consistent between IFC and UJC [Undergraduate Judiciary Cabinet],” said Dean DiSabatino. Taped evidence from hearings in each body is admissible in the other.

The events that led to hazing allegations were not associated with a “pledge period.” Rather, the events occurred outside of the regulated intake process for KAPsi.

“African-American Greek processes differ than the other Greek chapters in a few ways, and one of those is that there is a very limited period of time that they’re interacting as prospective members; there’s not really a ‘pledgeship’ period,” stated DiSabatino. “Students conduct an informational meeting quite often... this group goes specifically goes straight from an application phase to an interview, and then after the interview, they go to a day-long event with alumni present, and then they’re brothers. There’s no pledge period. These things happened outside of that.” Dean Barnes’ letter also stated that “Georgia Tech has an obligation to the parents of our students, the citizens of our state, and most of all to the men and women that have worked so hard to be part of our campus community. Our obligation is to do all we can, to insure that activities associated with the Georgia Tech experience are beneficial and supportive of success." By Jennifer Hinkel News Editor The Lambda Delta chapter of Kappa Alpha Psi (KAPsi) has been placed on a minimum three-year suspension after being found guilty of violating sections of both the Fraternity Conduct Code and the Interfraternity Council (IFC) Hazing Policy. The sentence has been suspended and will be enacted only if KAPsi violates the IFC hazing policy again. “If any other violation of the [IFC Hazing] policy occurs over the span of the next two years, a three year suspension will occur immediately following due process, and that’s a minimum,” said Gail DiSabatino, Dean of Students. “It could be more, depending on what it [the violation] is, but that’s any violation of the intake processes.” Charges were based on alleged actions of brothers during the intake process. Brothers were charged with violating six sections of the IFC Hazing Policy and were found responsible for violating three of those sections. Sections regarding hitting or physical threats, creation of fatigue or forced participation in calisthenics, and “any other activity which is not consistent with fraternal law, ritual, or policy and regulations of Georgia Tech” were among the proven violations. “There was an allegation of a hit. The IFC Judicial Board found that the lowest level of that occurred. They said that it was maybe meant to create mild intimidation at the most. That’s what they established evidence of.... They had established that coerced calisthenics had occurred.... They [KAPsi] were irresponsible in doing what their intake process required.... The group was found to be interacting in ways they weren’t supposed to be,” said Dean DiSabatino. Allegations the fraternity was not held responsible for include the following from the IFC policy: “late work sessions... that interfere with scholastic activities,” “deprivation of normal sleep,” and “any dangerous activity,” which includes “physically threatening activities” such as “long swims, jumping from high places, and blindfolding.” KAPsi brothers were also found guilty of a Fraternity Conduct Code infraction. The violated section of the code states “I will challenge all my fraternity members to abide by these fraternity expectations and will confront and/or report those who violate them.” Other sanctions that immediately affect the fraternity will require attendance of all enrolled brothers at the Fall 2000 IFC hazing seminar and co-sponsorship of hazing related educational programs during each of the Fall 2000 and Spring 2001 Semesters. The chapter also must designate a Membership Intake Coordinator each semester, who will be responsible for planning intake, establishing guidelines, and creating intake timelines jointly with the Greek Affairs Coordinator. “Kappa Alpha Psi intake process guidelines, Executive Orders, Georgia Tech and IFC policies, must be followed to the letter in any future intake processes,” stated a letter from Assistant Dean of Students Bill Barnes to the Polemarch of the chapter. “Given the history of the chapter with intake/hazing issues, any future violation will demonstrate a lack of ability and/or intent to follow the rules that have been established for intake.”

According to the letter, the Interfraternity Judicial Board said that “The fact that brothers have therefore conspired to produce a uniform and false front leads the Judicial Board to believe that there might be a more serious form of hazing taking place... it is necessary that future consequences be outlined immediately for any future hazing violations, and that these consequences be severe enough to deter dangerous behavior.”

“The brothers’ statements were consistent between IFC and UJC [Undergraduate Judiciary Cabinet],” said Dean DiSabatino. Taped evidence from hearings in each body is admissible in the other.

The events that led to hazing allegations were not associated with a “pledge period.” Rather, the events occurred outside of the regulated intake process for KAPsi.

“African-American Greek processes differ than the other Greek chapters in a few ways, and one of those is that there is a very limited period of time that they’re interacting as prospective members; there’s not really a ‘pledgeship’ period,” stated DiSabatino. “Students conduct an informational meeting quite often... this group goes specifically goes straight from an application phase to an interview, and then after the interview, they go to a day-long event with alumni present, and then they’re brothers. There’s no pledge period. These things happened outside of that.”

49 posted on 01/30/2007 8:32:08 AM PST by NotJustAnotherPrettyFace
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To: Locomotive Breath
Some more reports:

U. of South Alabama punishes Kappa Alpha Psi for hazing (Jan. 2006)

Kappa Alpha Psi scandal deepens - Fraternity members SGA Vice President Will Lewis and Senate Pro-tem Jamion Burney resign from their posts amid controversy

Three indicted in Kappa Alpha Psi hazing incident [Univ. of South Alabama] - Sep. 2006

Former Kappa Alpha Psi house to be demolished [Univ. of South Alabama] - Jan. 2006

50 posted on 01/30/2007 8:47:20 AM PST by NotJustAnotherPrettyFace
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