Naperville NIU Students Charged in Hazing Turn Themselves into Police

Pi Kappa Alpha members began surrendering after arrest warrants were issued on Monday in connection with the alcohol-related death of a fraternity pledge, according to Chicago Tribune and police reports.

All three Northern Illinois University students from Naperville charged in connection with the alcohol-related death of a 19-year-old fraternity pledge turned themselves into authorities on Monday and Tuesday, Chicago Tribune reports

Earlier: 3 Naperville Men Among 22 Charged in NIU Freshman's Hazing Death

Pi Kappa Alpha president Alexander M. Jandick, 21; event planner Steven A. Libert, 20; and Alexander D. Renn, 19, all of Naperville, reported to police after arrest warrants were issued on Monday. 

Jandick, of the 1100 block of Conan Doyle Road, turned himself into the Naperville Police Department at 6:14 p.m. on Monday, according to police. He was booked and released after posting $1,500 bond. 

Booking reports for Renn and Libert were not immediately available as of Tuesday evening. 

The three NIU students are among 13 fraternity members who turned themselves into authorities as of Tuesday evening, according to the Chicago Tribune. Nine other members charged have yet to report to police. 

Jandik and Libert, as well as three other Pike members, face Class 4 felony hazing charges, according to DeKalb police. Renn and 16 other fraternity members were issued arrest warrants for misdemeanor hazing, police said.

NIU freshman David Bogenberger was found unresponsive on the morning of Nov. 2 at the Pike fraternity house, 1020 W. Hillcrest in DeKalb. Bogenberger had a blood-alcohol content of .351 at the time of his death; "a highly-elevated blood alcohol content about five times the legal limit," according to the DeKalb County Coroner’s office.

Police said Bogenberger, 19, had been taking part in an unsanctioned Pi Kappa Alpha event for the fraternity's 19 pledges on the evening of Nov. 1.

David's parents, Gary and Ruth, as well as his siblings issued a statement regarding his death. 

“We are trying to understand the reality of our David’s death. It is almost impossible for us to accept that David is gone at the age of 19; that our future does not include his excitement at learning and growing; becoming a man; marrying and having children; that these events will never happen."

NIU suspended the Pi Kappa Alpha DeKalb chapter shortly after Bogenberger died, Chicago Tribune reports. 

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Irene December 20, 2012 at 02:40 PM
No winners here. All the kids, as adults, made a choice that night . Bad decisions by all. When will we stop as a society doing dumb things like this to try to belong instead of something positive to make someone's life around them better. It is really sad all around and praying for all the families especially the poor boy who lost his life.
Lisa Bidwell December 22, 2012 at 02:51 PM
The responsibility falls on all involved, the victim and the older, ostensibly more mature, kids who the pledges looked up to. The victim made a bad -tragically fatal-choice to participate in a stupid and illegal game. Sometime between the first drink and the others that put him more than 4 times over the legal limit, he became incapable of protecting himself from danger and someone should have stepped in to help him. My heart goes out to ALL of the families whose lives are irrecovably changed, but someone needs to be held accountable for the senseless loss of this young life.
niu December 22, 2012 at 06:38 PM
They bought alcohol for minors, just like they always do. It happens every single day. "brotherhood" my ass. Its all about getting hammered and sleeping with drunk chicks. See ya pikes. Won't be missed.
Maori Tuakana December 22, 2012 at 07:20 PM
During my college days, I too pledged for a fraternity. I too went through the rituals, & learned all about the fraternity's traditions. However, on only one occasion, did several now brothers threaten to beat me with a paddle. I told them that if they touched me with that paddle that I would make them eat it before they could touch me with it. My point, I guess, is that I never understood why hazing even exists. This is just so that I can call you "brother"? My real brother would never do this to me. Some would also say that it's just boys being boys. Sorority hazing is just as bad, if not worse. Thankfully, my college days are over, & I still maintain a very nice relationship with my fraternity brothers. R.I.P. David Bogenberger (I don't know him)
bluebird December 23, 2012 at 12:21 AM
Many interesting thoughts and arguments here. Yes. The young man should have "just said no" and, true, these frat boys hardly acted like "brothers" and also did not "just say no" when they saw the guy was in trouble. Were they also drunki? Maybe they were. But before becoming intoxicated, they knowingly scheduled an event and knowingly omitted any attempt to inform the university. NIU was within its rights to boot that fraternity out, and these young men--if found guilty--were participants in that behavior. And that event and the withholding of information from university authorities created the environment in which a young man--too drunk to make good judgments--died. (And, yes, he was not drunk when he began......what we humans do to "belong"!!) Points have been made elsewhere as to the increasingly demanding, or violent, nature of "hazing." When I was in high school--mid-60s, so long ago!!--a girl being "hazed" into an impromptu high school sorority club was forced to...drum roll, please....walk through town wearing bright red lipstick on her lips. Oh for the days when total humiliation by wearing an out-of-style lipstick was the height of hazing!!


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