Five football players from Wheaton are accused of abusing and beating a fellow teammate.
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CHICAGO: From sex abuse to sleep deprivation to unexpected deaths of very young men and women: Hazing has become shockingly common for university students across the U.S. By the time 19-year-old Timothy Piazza died of a ruptured spleen and internal bleeding, he had been injured for nearly 12 hours, authorities say.A survey by researchers at the University of Maine found a pervasive problem, with 55 percent of students involved in college organizations saying they had experienced hazing practices such as "alcohol consumption, humiliation, isolation, sleep-deprivation, and sex acts".Experts say the challenge for college administrators is the deeply ingrained nature of hazing in college life: Students may hear administrators say hazing is banned, but nevertheless continue the practice.The REACH Act would for the first time require colleges to count and publicly report hazing incidents.Ten former and current students at Louisiana State University were criminally charged with hazing Wednesday in Gruver's death, with one of them also charged with negligent homicide.Nuwer, who has traced hazing deaths at American schools of higher education all the way back to 1838, is less optimistic.
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