NYC college bans fraternity after student’s death


A college in New York City has banned a fraternity after a student’s death in an alleged initiation ritual in Pennsylvania.

Baruch (bah-REWK’) College says it has instituted a lifetime ban of Pi Delta Psi. College President Mitchel Wallerstein announced it Wednesday.

Pennsylvania authorities are investigating the Dec. 8 death of 19-year-old freshman Chun “Michael” Deng. Deng died after a weekend with about 30 Pi Delta Psi members at a rented house in the Poconos.

Authorities say the pledge sustained a fatal brain injury after running a gauntlet blindfolded, with a heavy weight on his back.

Wallerstein told Baruch students and staffers the school is conducting a review. He says some students haven’t cooperated.

The national Pi Delta Psi fraternity has revoked its affiliation with the Baruch chapter.

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