In February of 2017, Timothy Piazza was a student at Penn State and a victim of fraternity hazing. Then 19 years old, Piazza was pledging to join Beta Theta Pi and required to attend a bid acceptance night at the fraternity's house. He consumed large amounts alcohol due to being forced to participate in drinking games and hazing activities.
In the last year, the hazing ritual of freshman pledges has sparked a national outcry. Greek organizations-who are largely self-governed-have faced criticism for turning a blind eye to the rampant binge drinking culture on campuses. Just last year, Texas State University in San Marcos, TX suspended all Greek-activities after a freshman pledge died from binge drinking during a fraternity's hazing incident. This time, the Alpha Sigma Phi chapter at the University of Arizona is the latest culprit.
A former Kappa Alpha Psi member at Stevenson University in Baltimore County has filed a $4 million hazing lawsuit stating that he was beaten so severely that he was hospitalized for a week. The lawsuit alleges that between January and March of 2013, Johnny Powell II suffered through weeks of hazing, beating, and false imprisonment. Powell looked forward to joining the fraternity's charter class of Stevenson and never imagined that joining meant he would be put through weeks of trauma.
The timesunion.com is reporting that the parents of a Boston College honors student who drowned last year after binge drinking at Skidmore College have filed a wrongful death lawsuit against nine Saratoga County men for allegedly supplying or buying alcohol for their underage son. The suit was filed earlier this week by Kenneth and Deanna Grant of Westchester County on behalf of their son's estate.