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June 25, 2012 | By Brock Vergakis, Associated Press
NORFOLK, Va. - A Navy hazing case that led to the firing of the top enlisted officer aboard a nuclear submarine was sparked by gay jokes about a sailor who said another man tried to rape him while in a foreign port, according to an investigative report obtained by the Associated Press. The report sheds light on a hazing case that led to the reassignment of Master Chief Machinist's Mate Charles Berry, who had been serving as "chief of the boat" on the Kings Bay, Ga.-based USS Florida.
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December 1, 2011 | ASSOCIATED PRESS
DECATUR, GA. - The funeral for a Florida A&M University drum major turned into a call for action yesterday as speakers urged an end to the hazing linked to the death of Robert Champion. Hundreds of friends and family crowded the pews at a church near Atlanta, and Champion's drum-major uniform was on display next to his open casket. Members of the marching band from Southwest DeKalb High School, where Champion attended, performed in full regalia at the beginning and end of the service.
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May 2, 2013 | By Jan Hefler, Inquirer Staff Writer
A high school baseball coach in Burlington County has stepped down following an investigation into the March 16 hazing of one of his players. The Florence Township Board of Education voted, 7-0, this week to accept Joseph Frappolli Jr.'s request to take an unpaid leave of absence for the rest of the season after published reports said a varsity player had been restrained and bitten by teammates during a hazing ritual. Superintendent Donna Ambrosius said last month that students were disciplined in the incident, but would provide no other details.
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May 24, 2012 | By Kyle Hightower and Mike Schneider, Associated Press
ORLANDO, Fla. - A Florida A&M drum major who died after being hazed on a bus was known for his opposition to hazing but agreed to go through a brutal initiation ritual because it was seen as an honor, according to interviews with bandmates released Wednesday. Robert Champion, 26, had asked all season to go through the hazing ritual known as "crossing over," defendant Jonathan Boyce said. Multiple witnesses say the ordeal involved the participant going from the front to the back of the bus while others beat the person.
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October 30, 2014 | By Kathy Boccella, Inquirer Staff Writer
Hours before a Central Bucks school board meeting where parents will undoubtedly demand to know more about alleged hazing at a family football picnic, the Central Bucks West head football coach said Tuesday he hopes it was a "one-time, isolated incident" and that the players are "inherently good young men. " In a statement released by his attorney, coach Brian Hensel said the Aug. 16 hazing - which has been described as players groping the private...
SPORTS
January 18, 2000 | Daily News Wire Services
The Eastern Collegiate Athletic Conference supports Vermont's decision to cancel the rest of its hockey season because of hazing. Phillip Buttafuoco, the commissioner of the league, said the problems caused by schedule adjustments were secondary to the importance of the decision. Buttafuoco, speaking during a conference call, described what happened at Vermont as a "very difficult situation that, unfortunately, exists on many college campuses. " Most of the schedule changes involve Dartmouth, Vermont's travel partner.
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November 3, 1987 | By Jim Haner, Special to The Inquirer
Although Jeffery Furek knew that the initiation rites of the Sigma Phi Epsilon fraternity house at the University of Delaware were called "hell night," he didn't think this would be literally true. But according to testimony last week before a Superior Court jury here, Furek, then 19 and a sophomore, was led blindfolded, along with two other pledges, through a hazing ritual that ended with their being drenched in pancake batter, syrup, ketchup, eggs and the contents of a large white bottle.
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April 19, 2012 | STAFF AND WIRE REPORTS
Franklin & Marshall College fired its women's lacrosse coach and suspended upperclassmen players following a complaint over a hazing incident last year, school officials said. Vice president of communications Cass Cliatt said Wednesday the school fired head coach Lauren Paul on Tuesday and suspended the players after confirming details of the hazing. "Coaches at F&M are educators," Cliatt said. "F&M expects all coaches to be responsible for maintaining a supportive environment and an atmosphere of trust consistent with the educational goals of the institution, and to serve as guardians over the health and well-being of their players.
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May 26, 2007 | Daily News Wire Services
Twelve current or former members of the Penn State wrestling team have been disciplined by the university following a school investigation into alleged hazing and underage drinking. The 12 wrestlers violated the university's code of conduct or team rules or both, Penn State said yesterday in a statement. A university official said it was not school policy to release names in cases with no criminal charges. The judicial affairs office began investigating after pictures were e-mailed in March to coach Troy Sunderland and posted on the Internet.
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August 28, 1998 | Daily News Wire Services
A first-year player who was in training camp with the New Orleans Saints has spoken out about injuries he suffered during a hazing incident. "My worst street fight when I was a little kid wasn't this bad," Jeff Danish, who has since been released by the Saints, said from his home in New York City. "I thought the least the Saints could do was wait to release me after my wounds healed. I feel someone should be responsible. " Danish ran through a gantlet of approximately 20 fist-swinging teammates at the University of Wisconsin-LaCrosse during the early-morning hours of Aug. 20. He said he was struck with a bag of coins, punched, kicked and elbowed.
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May 3, 2015 | By Susan Snyder, Inquirer Staff Writer
St. Joseph's University has suspended play for its women's varsity softball team for the rest of the season following an internal investigation into allegations of hazing. The team had three games remaining in the season. It's unclear whether the team would have made postseason play. "Due to violations of campus community standards, the women's softball team will not be participating in scheduled contests for the remainder of the season," the university said in a statement Friday.
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April 5, 2015 | By Huizhong Wu and Susan Snyder, Inquirer Staff Writers
St. Joseph's University is investigating allegations that members of the women's varsity softball team engaged in hazing or bullying of younger members, reportedly involving alcohol and sexual improprieties. A source familiar with the allegations confirmed that four students on the Division I team had been suspended, and that the team's bus, bound for Virginia, was delayed several hours Thursday afternoon as students were questioned. The source declined to describe the alleged hazing, but said it occurred off campus in the fall and was revealed a week ago when a parent and a student came forward.
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December 7, 2014 | By Chris Palmer, Inquirer Staff Writer
Police will not file criminal charges relating to the hazing scandal that roiled Central Bucks High School West this fall, authorities said Friday. After a five-week investigation in which police interviewed more than 70 people, investigators determined that there was "nothing in there . . . rising to the level of a criminal offense," said Lt. Patrick Penecale of the Central Bucks Regional Police Department. The investigation was closed Tuesday, Penecale said. Bucks County District Attorney David Heckler said that he concurred with the decision and that his office had also not discovered any evidence of criminality in the alleged activities.
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November 20, 2014 | By Kathy Boccella, Inquirer Staff Writer
Brian Hensel was ousted as Central Bucks High School West football coach Tuesday after district officials probing a hazing incident said he and his assistants were not properly supervising players and would not sign a coaches code of conduct. In a letter to the community, Central Bucks district Superintendent David Weitzel announced Hensel's dismissal after six seasons and said "a lack of guidance and adequate supervision of the team" existed well before the Aug. 16 hazing at a team picnic.
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November 20, 2014 | By Mike Sielski, Inquirer Columnist
On Oct. 28, five days after the Central Bucks School District canceled C.B. West's football season and suspended the program's coaching staff in the wake of hazing allegations, head coach Brian Hensel released a public statement that was at once apologetic and defiant. "The notion that my coaching staff fostered a culture whereby lack of supervision and hazing was an ongoing norm is not just unfair, but patently false," Hensel wrote. He later added: "It is also my sincere hope that the investigation will reveal that this alleged hazing was a one-time, isolated incident.
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October 30, 2014 | By Kathy Boccella, Inquirer Staff Writer
The Cheltenham School District says a hazing incident occurred last month in which members of the boys' soccer team were dangled by their underwear, a technique referred to as "ripping. " District spokeswoman Susan O'Grady said in a statement Tuesday that the district learned of the episode Sept. 23 and began an internal investigation. It also notified police. She described the hazing as "a forceful pulling and tearing of the victim's underwear to the point where it rips and allows the victim to be dangled by their underwear.
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October 30, 2014 | By Kathy Boccella, Inquirer Staff Writer
Hours before a Central Bucks school board meeting where parents will undoubtedly demand to know more about alleged hazing at a family football picnic, the Central Bucks West head football coach said Tuesday he hopes it was a "one-time, isolated incident" and that the players are "inherently good young men. " In a statement released by his attorney, coach Brian Hensel said the Aug. 16 hazing - which has been described as players groping the private...
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October 27, 2014 | By Phil Anastasia, Inquirer Columnist
A few Friday nights ago, Highland hosted Triton in a high school football game. Neither team was ranked in the Top 25 in South Jersey by The Inquirer. Triton was 2-1. Highland was 0-3. But the stands were filled with fans on both sides of the field. There were chanting student sections from both schools. The Highland pep band set a lively tone with tightly played, upbeat musical numbers. The night before, West Deptford visited Haddonfield for a rare Thursday night game. The huge concrete grandstand at Haddonfield was packed with people.
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October 26, 2014 | By Chris Palmer and Kathy Boccella, Inquirer Staff Writers
The alleged hazing that roiled the Central Bucks School District and led officials to cut short the Central Bucks West High School football season occurred at an Aug. 16 picnic for players, coaches, and families, the superintendent said Friday. Administrators learned about the so-called initiation last week, when a parent reported hearing that a player had punched a team rookie who resisted getting his hair cut - a six-year-old tradition, Superintendent David Weitzel said. School officials interviewed students and could not substantiate that allegation, but began to hear about more troubling activities, Weitzel said.
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