Mr. Piazza was a 19-year-old sophomore engineering student at Pennsylvania State University. As a pledge of the Beta Theta Pi fraternity, he had to undergo hazing rituals in February of this year, which caused his death.
On an essentially empty stomach, he drank 18 drinks in 90 minutes which were given to him by the ‘brothers’ of the fraternity in an obstacle course called "The Gauntlet", which required each new pledge to drink each time from a bottle of vodka, beer, and finally a bag of wine.
In a state of obvious drunkenness, he fell on the stairs of the house and was knocked unconscious. One of the fraternity members tried to convince the others that he needed medical help but was ignored.