The Battalion. (College Station, Tex.) 1893-current, November 26, 2003, Image 4

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Braylon Curry, a 21-year-old finance major, was released from a Dallas hospital Monday evening, more than a week after he was hospital ized after drinking an unknown amount of water at an off-campus Alpha Phi Alpha fraternity competition. Curry’s parents said they con sider the incident illegal hazing and hope it inspires a crackdown. “I think it’s very easy to take an event like that and isolate it and focus on it for a day or two or three and then it goes away and then it would be another group of parents in the 1CU,” said the student's father. Bishop Curry, a 52-year-old veterinarian in Maryland. “There needs to be a change.” u This can't be a void ora vacuum that out young people fall into. their children’s activities. Curry’s parents say doctors are expectingi recovery'. Curry, who was unresponsive hounsi the water drinking contest and wassti ical condition two days later, is now mg and getting his appetite back, his parents11 Chris Gilliam, a spokesman with the Di Police Department, said an investigation is) feeding slowly.” A detective interviewed [.f;- for the first time Tuesday and no charges been filed, Gilliam said.He said any charges be limited necessarily to hazing. Curry’s parents said pledges and some te ty alumni are responsible for hazing. Curry's mother, Brenda Qi said her son was seeking a net*! of friends he could keep long® college, but had been skeptic the pledging process. ‘‘It was about brotherhoodi he hadn’t seen any sign oftta the pledging process,” she said She said the incident promg her oldest son, 23-year-old Bii to tell her that he too pitalized about a year ago i being beaten up while pledgr Ci — Bishop Curry pledge's father He suggested universities require direct super vision of fraternity and sorority events or lawmak ers increase the penalty for hazing from a misde meanor to a felony. “This can’t be a void or a vacuum that our young people fall into,” Bishop Curry said. ‘‘If it’s highly supervised, that’s the only way that you’re going to be able to send your sons and daughters to college and they’ll come back to you whole.” Jim Caswell, vice president of student affairs at SMU, said universities try to educate students about hazing but can only do so much. “The difficulty that we find, quite honestly ... is how do you get at underground, secret activities,” Caswell said. “We will continue to try and work at that issue but 1 must tell you, that’s a difficult one.” He suggested parents help by keeping track of fraternity at Texas A& M-Commerce. The d brother decided not to pledge, his mother®: It will take more than two parents'pleas in* hazing, says Hank Nuwer, a journalism pros at Franklin College in Indiana and to University at Indianapolis who has written:: books on hazing. “It’s a well-meaning gesture,” he saidtai added, "It’s creating an atmosphere that ml false hopes for a lot of people and in the etc:.: it never produces social change.” Nuwer said parents such as the Curryssta call for more research on hazing ritualsratheti tougher laws. He said there has been at lea hazing death every year since 1970. butte too little reliable information on hazing met' and their prevalence on U.S. campuses. Lawyer: Michael Jackson accuse never mentioned alleged abus By Tim Malloy THE ASSOCIATED PRESS LOS ANGELES — An attorney who repre sented the mother of Michael Jackson’s accuser in her divorce from the child's father said the family never indicated to him that Jackson had sexually abused the boy. Attorney Michael Manning said Monday he remembers the mother saying positive things about Jackson as recently as April or May. “’He was really good to us’ — that’s what she said at the time,” Manning said. Asked if she had said anything else about Jackson, Manning added, "Nothing bad. ... If it turned sour, 1 don’t know how.” The mother filed for divorce in 2001 and has custody. Manning said she and the alleged victim rarely mentioned their visits to Jackson’s Neverland Ranch in Santa Barbara County. “They didn’t brag about it,” he said. “They weren’t star crazy.” The Associated Press does not identify alleged victims of sexual abuse. The child’s mother could not be located for comment Monday. Stuart Backerman, the entertainer’s spokesman, declined to comment Monday night. Santa Barbara County district attorney’s office and the sheriff’s department declined to comment Monday on the case. Both have said they will not comment until charges are filed. Jackson launched a Web site Mondayd® to tell his side of the story in the case,assenr: allegations are “predicated on a big lie." Jackson put the site together so hecoul* municate directly with the news media anf Backerman said. Jackson said in hiss the site wish Id serve as a source for ' l munications on my case.” The site contains links to three earlierslaffi' Backerman made last week on Jackson ste The statements were made after authoritiesu® the singer's Neverland Ranch and beforeidi the entertainer surrendered on a warrant I lewd or lascivious acts with a child under R A public relations executive who i involved in the Jackson case said the We allows the entertainer to bypass the news me deliver his side of the story to the public. “He’s able to communicate with those) interested without the message being filteredI)} media,” said Doug Dowie, senior vice preside: Fleishman-Hillard. 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