Around the industry: 22 men convicted in largest hazing prosecution ever

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  • Illinois: Twenty-two former members of Pi Kappa Alpha at Northern Illinois University (NIU) have been convicted in the country's largest hazing prosecution ever, according to one prosecutor. All 22 were found guilty of misdemeanors for their involvement in the 2012 hazing death of David Bogenberger, an NIU freshman. Bogenberger was found the morning after a pledge initiation activity with a lethal amount of alcohol in his blood (Ward, Chicago Tribune, 5/8).
  • Indiana: Students at Valparaiso University are protesting a proposal to build a Chick-fil-A restaurant on campus, saying the restaurant chain leader's political stance against same-sex marriage contradicts the university's mission. A representative for the protestors says students are not criticizing Christianity, Chick-fil-A's food, or the CEO's beliefs. Rather, she says, they are concerned about how Chick-fil-A's reputation will reflect on Valparaiso (Lavalley, Post-Tribune/Chicago Tribune, 5/8).
  • North Carolina: Researchers at the University of North Carolina (UNC) Chapel Hill are partnering with pharmaceutical giant GlaxoSmithKline to establish a company and research institute with the goal of curing HIV and AIDS. GlaxoSmithKline will contribute $20 million over five years to the institute. The future director of the center says the collaboration will open up new possibilities for testing combinations of drugs and approaches (McKay, Wall Street Journal, 5/10).

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