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David Bogenberger, former NIU student, died Nov. 1, 2012, after attending an unsanctioned Pi Kappa Alpha event.

Parents of teen killed in hazing incident win $14 million settlement

By Sophia Mullowney | December 2, 2018

The family of David Bogenberger, a former NIU student who died at an unsanctioned Pi Kappa Alpha event in November of 2012, will receive $14 million dollars as the result of a wrongful death lawsuit leveled against fraternity members and bystanders.Bogenberger,...

IFC: cultural renewal plan begins March 19

By Lindsey Salvatelli | March 9, 2018

DeKALB — Students poured outside of the Board of Trustees conference room during a recent meeting in solidarity of Greek life.The March 8 meeting’s scheduled public comment period had 16 requests; 14 of the speakers were Greek life affiliated and...

Senators Mathew Dunn, Blake Goldman and Derek Koegel bowed their heads and closed their eyes after Austin Quick, former Student Association speaker of the Senate, requested for a moment of silence to pay respect to former student David Bogenberger who died Nov. 2, 2012.

Civil lawsuit resumes for 2012 hazing death

By Northern Star staff | September 13, 2016

Ryan Bogenberger, father of dead student David Bogenberger, will resume his lawsuit in appellate court against the Eta Nu chapter of Pi Kappa Alpha at NIU.David was found unresponsive Nov. 2, 2012, at the former Pi Kappa Alpha house, 1020 W. Hillcrest...

Drinking immunity bill awaits approval

By Alexander Chettiath | July 13, 2015

A bill that would give immunity to underage drinking violators is awaiting approval from Gov. Bruce Rauner to become law.The bill, drafted by Rep. Scott Drury (D-Highwood), allows minors to call for help in situations of overconsumption of alcohol without...

NIU on Pike hazing case: condolences to Bogenbergers

By Northern Star staff | May 8, 2015

NIU says it empathizes with the Bogenberger family in a statement issued after Pike fraternity members took plea deals for their roles in pledge David Bogenberger's death.Bogenberger, who was 19 years old, was pledging to Pi Kappa Alpha when he was found...

Bogenberger lawyer calls for end to pledging in wake of freshman’s death

By Northern Star staff | May 8, 2015

The lawyer for the Bogenberger family called for an end to pledging in the wake of the death of 19-year-old Pike pledge David Bogenberger.David Bogenberger was pledging to Pi Kappa Alpha when he was found unresponsive Nov. 2, 2012, at the former fraternity...

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David Bogenberger

Five Pike fraternity members found guilty of reckless conduct

By Northern Star staff | May 8, 2015

All five Pi Kappa Alpha fraternity members who faced felony hazing charges in relation to the death of a freshman pledge pleaded down to reckless conduct, a class A misdemeanor.   The charges were reached as a result of a plea deal. The defendants...

David Bogenberger

Five Pike fraternity members to give pleas May 8

By Northern Star staff | April 23, 2015

The DeKalb County Courthouse will hear pleas from five Pi Kappa Alpha fraternity members who face felony hazing charges in relation to the death of freshman pledge David Bogenberger.Alexander Jandik, James Harvey, Omar Salameh, Patrick Merrill and Steven...

NIU pushes to enforce off-campus party rules

NIU pushes to enforce off-campus party rules

By Suresh Vakati | January 22, 2015

Students and Greek Life leaders have mixed feelings about the recent enforcement of rules for organization-sponsored off-campus parties.Rules limit how many people can be at a party, how much attendees can drink and how long the party can last, among...

Fraternity hazing hearing postponed

By Northern Star Staff | December 4, 2014

The hearing for fraternity members accused of hazing a freshman pledge who was found dead in the fraternity house has been postponed until Feb. 23, according to the County Clerk’s Office.David Bogenberger was found unresponsive Nov. 2, 2012, at the...

Members of Phi Sigma Kappa pull their way to victory in the finals of the NIU IFC Tugs competition during last years competition.

Tugs: A history of brotherhood, tradition among Greeks

By Keith Hernandez | April 10, 2014

There is a sound every tugger longs to hear from the start of training in January: “This is for real! High bank, are you ready? Low bank, are you ready? Tuggers ready. Tuggers set. Tug!”There is a long history behind these words, which have been announced...

Fraternity puts end to pledging

By Keith Hernandez | March 18, 2014

A national fraternity at NIU eliminated pledging and adopted a policy that aims to equalize the class status between new and full members, effective March 9.Sigma Alpha Epsilon banned its previous new member system in favor of one that discourages hazing...