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12 University Students Expelled or Suspended in Hazing Death

November 15, 1990

MACOMB, Ill. (AP) _ A hazing that killed an 18-year-old student has resulted in the expulsion or suspension of 12 students at Western Illinois University, school officials said Wednesday.

Freshman Nicholas Haben was found dead of alcohol poisoning in a dorm room the morning after his initiation in October into the university’s lacrosse team.

A spokeswoman for the school, Debra Miller, would not provide a breakdown of how many of the 12 students would be suspended and how many would be expelled.

″It has to do with privacy,″ she said.

Those who are suspended must take part in alcohol education programs once they return to the university, the school said.

The 12 upperclassmen face misdemeanor charges.

The school’s lacrosse club has been suspended while the investigation continues, the university said.

Haben’s teammates have said they carried him to his dorm room just after midnight on the night of his initiation.

An autopsy revealed Haben’s blood alcohol level was .34, said Robert Strodel, an attorney representing Haben’s parents, Dale and Alice Haben. A motorist in Illinois is considered legally drunk with a reading of .10.

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