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Northern Illinois University NIU pushes to enforce off-campus party rules-1/22/15 “Rules limit how many people can be at a party, how much attendees can drink and how long the party can last, among other things.”
Northern Illinois University NIU Student Association Says Lowering Bar Entry Age Could Bring Life Back To Campus-1/14/15 NIU’s Student Association decided to explore the possibility of lowering the age for entry into establishments which serve alcohol within the City of DeKalb, from 21 to 20 years old.”
Northern Illinois University Cal Poly Brings Back Freshman Pledging After Lobbying-10/15/13 “Freshman David Bogenberger died last year of alcohol poisoning after a fraternity initiation rite known as “Mom and Dad’s Night.” With other pledges, Bogenberger moved from room to room at the chapter house answering questions from members and downing vodka before passing out, court records show.”
Northern Illinois University A cold one at the Convo?-11/20/13 “Organizers have also taken into account other factors that would have to be implemented if alcohol is to be sold: how to prevent minors from getting alcohol and what costs are associated with adding alcohol to the facility’s drink menu.”
Northern Illinois University Editorial: College, death and consequences-8/5/13 “Each of the other 43 young men and women likely never will forget the accusation, memorialized in legal documents, that his or her "negligent acts or omissions" helped end David's life at age 19.”
Northern Illinois University NIU Response to Hazing Victim's Lawsuit-5/5/14 Our investigation found 133 ambulance runs to NIU to fraternities, sororities, and dorms from 2011 to Nov 2013 for intoxicated students who required immediate medical care. What is your reaction to that figure?” NIU response-“ The university lacks sufficient knowledge and information about the amount and circumstances of the ambulance calls received by DeKalb each year. Therefore, it is not in a position to provide an informed response to this inquiry.”
Northern Illinois University Even After Campus Death, NIU Continues to Rack Up Dozens of Alcohol Emergencies-5/6/14 The records show 53 ambulance requested in 2011, followed by 41 ambulance calls in 2012 and 39 ambulance calls in 2013. Some reports describe students as "highly intoxicated",”

Recent Alcohol-Related Tragedies involving Northern Illinois University Students

David R. Bogenberger,19, November 2, 2012, Northern Illinois University More Information David lost is life after being found unresponsive in a fraternity house.  Investigators found that David was subjected to hazing during which his blood alcohol content was  0.351.
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