Hartwick College Student Speaks Out On Hazing Allegations

By Leigh Dana

April 25, 2011 Updated Apr 25, 2011 at 6:27 PM EDT

Oneonta, NY (WBNG Binghamton) A Hartwick College student speaks out on being hazed by a fraternity.

This after his former pledge brother files a lawsuit against the school, claiming he was also hazed by the same frat.

"Pretty demoralizing," said a former pledge of the Alpha Delta Omega Fraternity at Hartwick College, who's speaking out for the first time on being hazed.

He did not want us to reveal his identity for fear of being recognized by members of the frat. "Did you make it through the pledge class?" "I refused to." "So you dropped out?" "Dropped out a week before everything happened with Mike."

He's referring to Mike Warren of Brooklyn, a former Hartwick student filing a lawsuit against the school for being hazed. Warren claims ADO members spanked him with a paddle and forced him to dress like a pimp.

In response to the lawsuit, Student Affairs Vice President, Dr. Meg Nowak said, "It is Hartwick College's position not to comment or discuss on pending litigation."

Meanwhile, an Alpha Delta Omega sign is displayed prominently outside 62 Elm Street in Oneonta. Cars parked at the back of the house indicate people living there. Hartwick does not recognize ADO as one of its fraternities on campus.

Neither does the city. It's permit was revoked last year after being cited for safety violations.

"Personally, I am happy I am not a part of Greek life, or associated with them, because they showed their true colors and I wouldn't want to be brothers with them," said the hazing victim.

Action News reached out to Warren's attorney, Gerald Gross, who is unavailable for comment until Wednesday, once the Passover holiday has ended.

Charges made last year against several members of the fraternity have been dismissed and sealed because of a lack of a speedy trial.

However, the Oneonta Police Department says a new case has opened.

No arrests have been made at this time.

Hartwick College also made headlines back in 2006 for another hazing incident involving the lacrosse team.

In 1997, Alpha Omega Delta president, 22-year-old Rob Jordan, was found dead near a riverbank. Police believe he drowned after getting too drunk at a fraternity party.

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