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Broken Pledge

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Each year for at least the last two decades a fraternity pledge has died in this country. And every year the rinse-and-repeat cycle of freshmen hitting campus and being hazed by their peers goes unchanged. Broken Pledge is the story of how a teenager goes off to college and dies. It exposes the underbelly of a system that allows fraternities and universities to protect their brands instead of standing up for victims.

Each year for at least the last two decades a fraternity pledge has died in this country. And every year the rinse-and-repeat cycle of freshmen hitting campus and being hazed by their peers goes unchanged. Broken Pledge is the story of how a teenager goes off to college and dies. It exposes the underbelly of a system that allows fraternities and universities to protect their brands instead of standing up for victims.

Location:

United States

Description:

Each year for at least the last two decades a fraternity pledge has died in this country. And every year the rinse-and-repeat cycle of freshmen hitting campus and being hazed by their peers goes unchanged. Broken Pledge is the story of how a teenager goes off to college and dies. It exposes the underbelly of a system that allows fraternities and universities to protect their brands instead of standing up for victims.

Language:

English


Episodes

Broken Pledge behind the notebook: Explaining our deep dive into hazing

2/7/2020
Columbus Dispatch reporters Lucas Sullivan, Sheridan Hendrix, Mike Wagner, and audio engineer Patrick Flaherty sit down to discuss the Broken Pledge hazing project. During this show we discuss how this project got started, how we reported on this topic, and share some interesting experiences that happened along the way. Finally, we share some reader and listener feedback that we have received since the project has launched. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

Duration:00:30:40

Ohio Governor Wants Tougher Penalty For Hazing

11/20/2019
In an interview with the Columbus Dispatch following the newspaper's Broken Pledge project, Ohio Governor Mike DeWine called for the state to make hazing a felony and do what it can to eradicate the brutal behavior that is leaving some students dead. DeWine said his heart breaks for the family of Collin Wiant, an 18-year-old student from Dublin who died at Ohio University on November, 12, 2018. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

Duration:00:08:57

Chapter 6: The Reckoning

11/3/2019
In a disciplinary hearing before Ohio University officials, Collin Wiant's brothers make one last stand to save their fraternity. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

Duration:00:32:03

Chapter 5: Code Of Silence

11/3/2019
An emergency meeting before the funeral signals a path Collin's Sigma Pi brothers will follow. And a brutal confession leads to a painful secret. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

Duration:00:23:47

Chapter 4: Regret

11/3/2019
All along someone could have stopped Collin's death. Up until his final minutes decisions made by those who swore brotherhood helped cause his demise. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

Duration:00:20:25

Chapter 3: The Downward Spiral

11/3/2019
Collin Wiant is accused of sexual assault. His fraternity brothers take action but continue hazing. That triggers a decent that the university nor those closest to Collin saw. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

Duration:00:17:30

Chapter 2: The Pledge

11/3/2019
Lured into a world that's hard to escape, fraternity pledges are sold on brotherhood, status, girls and all that comes with being in an elite fraternity. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

Duration:00:23:29

Chapter 1: Brotherhood

11/3/2019
Collin Wiant, like many college students, goes off to college looking for a place to belong on campus. But do they really know what they are getting into? See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

Duration:00:20:07

Broken Pledge Introduction

10/29/2019
Each year for at least the last two decades a fraternity pledge has died in this country. And every year the rinse-and-repeat cycle of freshmen hitting campus and being hazed by their peers goes unchanged. Broken Pledge is the story of how a teenager goes off to college and dies. It exposes the underbelly of a system that allows fraternities and universities to protect their brands instead of standing up for victims. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

Duration:00:02:19