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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,...

Delta Zeta wins 10th consecutive womens tugs tournament

Delta Zeta wins 10th consecutive women’s tugs tournament

By Courtesy Amanda Gaucin | October 10, 2016

DeKALB |Delta Zeta won women’s tugs for the 10th consecutive year Saturday when they defeated Sigma Kappa in the trenches behind University Plaza Apartments, 900 Crane Drive.Delta Zeta was able to bring the knot to its side in the second match, while...

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...

Michael Agro (left), Student Association director of Athletics, and Jackie Keith, interim director of Greek Affairs, talks to Shiza Ratakomda, senior mechanical engineering student, about SA events for National Hazing Prevention Week on Monday in the Martin Luther King Jr. Commons.

Q&A: SA promoting National Hazing Prevention Week awareness

By Alexander Chettiath | September 21, 2015

This week marks National Hazing Prevention Week, and the Student Association is making sure students are aware of it by setting up an information station in the Martin Luther King Jr. Commons.Three fraternities — Kappa Alpha Psi, Pi Kappa Alpha and...

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...

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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...

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...

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...

16 women added to Bogenberger lawsuit

By Northern Star Staff | April 30, 2013

A Cook County judge may decide to allow 16 women to the Bogenberger family’s lawsuit on Friday. The family is attempting to add the women to the family’s lawsuit against Pi Kappa Alpha and other entities, according to Peter Caldarci, the Bogenberger...

David Bogenberger

Bogenberger family files lawsuit against Pi Kappa Alpha fraternity

By Robert Baird | February 17, 2013

The family of David Bogenberger, a freshmen Pi Kappa Alpha fraternity pledge who died Nov. 2, filed a wrongful death lawsuit for more than $100,000 against the fraternity on Thursday, according to the Chicago Tribune. All 22 Pi Kappa Alpha members facing...

Court hearing postponed for Pi Kappa Alpha members

By Northern Star Staff | February 11, 2013

Three of the five Pi Kappa Alpha fraternity members charged with hazing offenses in relation to the Nov. 2 death of David Bogenberger have had their court dates postponed until 9 a.m. April 10. Steven A. Libert, Alexander M. Jandik and Omar Salameh appeared...