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Klan Alpine
Klan Alpine
Feb. 24, 1978: On a frigid, zero-degree night, Chuck Stevens, a sophomore at Alfred University (pictured), was woken by fraternity brothers and taken with other pledges to the prestigious Klan Alpine fraternity, given a pint of Jack Daniels, a six-pack of beer and a bottle of wine. The pledges were stripped and instructed to consume all of the alcohol while crammed into the trunk of a moving car. When the ride was over, the fraternity brothers opened the trunk to find Stevens, a formerly healthy 20-year-old, unconscious and gray in color. After leaving him in his dorm for several hours, they finally brought him, along with two other unconscious pledges who had undergone the same ordeal, to the hospital. While the other two young men came to after 72 hours, Stevens died of severe pulmonary edema. The fraternity brothers in charge of the deadly ride were given probation. After his death, Stenzel's mother Eileen Stevens formed C.H.U.C.K., the committee to halt useless college killings.
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