This Week in Hazing: by Hank Nuwer (Hanknuwer.com)
"Every week should be National Hazing Prevention Week." --Hank Nuwer
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February 2 Matt's Law in California. The 2005 death of pledge Matt Carrington at Chico State.
February 7 Daniel Reardon died in 2002 while pledging the University of Maryland's Phi Sigma Kappa chapter.
February 10. Thomas Clark
disappeared while being sent on a foolish errand by the Delta Kappa
Epsilon chapter at M.I.T. His body was found eight days later in 40
feet of water. 1956
February 12. William Flowers
was buried alive during a foolish stunt for Zeta Beta Tau at Monmouth
College. His mothher Dorothy talked to Hank Nuwer for a small section
in the book "Broken Pledges."
15 The death by hazing of Michael Davis for Kappa Alpha Psi
occurred in 1994. That story is told in the book Wrongs of Pasage by
Hank Nuwer. His notebook alked about hazing being a physical
conditioning of the mind. He was beaten to death at Southeast Missouri
State University. At the time, every possible source at Southeast
Missouri State from newspaper adviser to administrator refused to
answer repeated phone calls and emails requesting information on the
death for the book.
February 13 Pledge James Callahan died of alcohol poisoning while pledging Lambda Chi Alpha at Rutgers University.
24. Death of Klan Alpine fraternity pledge Chuck Stenzel at
Alfred University in 1978. The story of Chuck is in Broken
Pledges by Hank Nuwer.
February 28 The University of Maryland disbanded Delta Tau Delta for serious hazing charges. 2008.
February 29 Two Stevenson High School students bargained to lesser charges of disorderly conduct after an Illinois hazing incident.
March 5 Emerson Berry, Jr.
died from his injuries due to paddling and beatings associated with
pledging Beta Gamma Rho fraternity in 2006. Philippines hazing deah.
March 12 Walter Dean Jennings, a Plattsburgh State pledge, died from
the catastrophic effects of drinking numerous gallons of water required
by Psi Epsilon Chi, a disgraced and banned chapter with support from
diehard alumni. .
March 30 Gary DeVercelly Jr. died at Theta Chi's Rider University
chapter. Two administrators were charged with crimes but charges
March 31 Oregon Health and Science University celebrated the annual freshman slaughter for dental students.
On March 31, 2001, a pledge for Kappa Alpha Psi collapsed during hazing at Old Dominion.
April 11 In 1987, the Naval Academy dismissed Cadet C.W. Potter, of
Michigan for hazing Fourth Class members. See New York Times for April
29 The 1995 death of Gabe Higgins (left with close friends) at the
University of Texas occurred by drowning on the Colorado River after a
night of drinking and foolish stunts required then for admissin into
the Texas Cowboys, a spirit club. His mother, Ruth Harten wrote a book
May 4 The notorious 2003 Glenbrook High School female Powderpuff game ended in a hazing catastrophe.
May 11 This agonizing story from 1906 between a father of a
deceased student and Culver Military Academy: Declaring that the
medical service at Culver Military Academy was inferior, Dr. C. C.
BEERY, of Chicago has prepared to make a full investigaiton into the
cause of the death of his son, Edward [BEERY], who was a student at
that institution and a nephew of the Senator STEPHENSON family of this
city. "I am going to sift the matter to the bottom," said Dr. Beery,
according to dispatches from Chicago. "I am convinced he was neglected
or his case did not receive proper attention. I blame the authorities
for not letting me know at once the serious character of my son's
The report that young Beery, a student of Culver Military Academy came
to his death as a result of being hazed by fellow students, has stirred
the authorities of that institution into making an investigation.
Immediately after Beery's death a court of inquiry was ordered by the
academy authorities, and as a result of the finding of the court,
thirteen students were found guilty of hazing and expelled from the
According to a statement made by Major L. R. GIGNILLIAT, commandant of
the academy, Beery died at 6 o'clock on the evening of April 25, from
the effects of an operation on his throat, made necessary because of an
attack of tonsilitis. In denying the sensational story that Beery's
death was caused by hazing, Maj. Gignilliant said: "Cadet Beery was one
of the most popular students of the freshman class. He had never been
hazed and was not in danger of being hazed. His death occurred before
the court of inquiry made a report that he was in the hospital and
before the students were expelled from the institution. If the academy
officials thought that the action of any of the students was
responsible for the illness of Beery or any other cadet, there would be
no attempt to bring up a whitewash, as we are in favor of doing
everything above board." Source: http://www.fulco.lib.in.us/Tombaugh/Obit%20Bios/Html/FulCo%20Obits_Biogs%201905-1907.htm
August 28 Kenny Luong, 19, a Cal Poly Pomona pledge of Lambda Phi Epsilon,
died ion the Cal Irvine campus following a hazing bashing disguised as
a tackle football contest. His parents were awarded $1.7 million. 2005
September 1 In 1984, Bruce Goodrich's death with the Texas A & M cadets was termed a "motivational hazing." Video clip
September 10: A letter (September 10, 1903) from John Wallace
Winborne, a cousin, attempts to ease the worries of Benjamin Brodie
Winborne about hazing he will face in college. Source: East Carolina University historical collections.
September 17 The 1959 death of Richard Swanson by choking might have
been prevented if Kappa Sigma brothers and fellow pledges had not
stonewalled rescue workers that he had been ordered to swallow a slab
of raw liver.
September 29 SUNY Maritime graduate cites that institution's long history of hazing back in 1989.
September 30, 2009 Jackson State band hazing press conference
19 The death of Nick Haben, a non-drinker, in a lacrosse
initiation was preceded by a series of stunts performed in fraternity
houses of team members. Nick's story was told in Chapter Five of Hank
Nuwer's High School Hazing: When Rites Become Wrongs. This is high
school photo with parents Dale and Alice Haben.
October 21 In 1873, former General Mortimer Leggett wrote a letter to
the New York Times describing his son's recent death by hazing in the
Cornell University Kappa Alpha Society.
October 23 Donnie Wade, a Phi Beta Sigma pledge, died in a 2009 hazing death at Prairie View A & M.
November 1 Nirojsak Inthachot, 16, died from a hazing beating at
Bangkok Polytechnic and Commerce school on October 21, 1908.
4 Chad Meredith, 18, an Indianapolis baseball player in high
school, died by drowning while Kappa Sigma fraternity brothers who
ordered him into Lake Osceola stood and watched. Chad's parents and
attorney David Bianchi engineered the toughest hazing law in country in
November 7 An alleged disgusting case of occupational hazing in Seattle in 2007.
November 8 The death of Martin Loew in a University of Maryland, Baltimore dental fraternity was blamed on hazing, according to Loew's roommate.
November 14 In 1974, Zeta Beta Tau pledge William Flowers,
19, of Monmouth College was buried alive in a shoreside initiation. An
interview with his mother Dorothy Flowers appeared in "Broken Pledges"
by Hank Nuwer.
17 Sigma Alpha Epsilon pledge and University of Texas lacrosse
athlete Tyler Cross died in a 2006 fall while intoxicated. It took many
months before an investigation linked his death to hazing.
18. Harrison Kowiak died at Lenoire-Rhyne in a foolish and
dangerous game of "jump-on-the-pledge" football this day in 2008. He
suffered a head injury and died. Mr. and Mrs Brian Kowiak settled
recently with the school and Theta Chi National.
November 19 India's court system tracks 70 cases of hazing (ragging in India) during the 2007-2008 school year, spurring demands from the public for hazing and ragging legislation.
November 20 In 1988, Sigma Tau Gamma enacted antihazing policies.
November 21. Michael Starks, a pledge, died from alcohol poisoning
in a hazing incident involving the Utah State chapter of Sigma Nu and a
campus sorority. His family has been active in changing Utah's hazing
law, among other hazing causes.
November 22 The Boulder Beer Company in 2005 touts
its Hazed and Confused brand despite the death in Boulder of fraternity
pledge Gordie Bailey in 2004 at the University of Colorado. The
beer is still on the market.
Martin V. Bergen died of peritonitis following physical hazing on November 22, 1899 at a Lawrenceville school in New Jersey.
November 23 Five Kappa Alpha Psi fraternity brothers at Fort Valley
State College were charged with battery in a five-hour hazing-related
beating with paddles and canes in 1989. Spin Magazine later
criticized FVSC (Georgia) for doing way too little in the wake of the
attacks. Hazing allegations consistently have plagued FVSC by other
fraternal groups over the years since 1989.
Also November 23 In 2005, South Korean Kim Dong Min
killed eight people in retaliation for one superior's heavy verbal
hazing. On this day a tribunal sentenced him to death.
November 24 Four Russian border guards received sentences of up
to 23 years for the death of one conscript and severe injuries to
others in 1998. In 1905 a group of wedding guests dragged new bride "Mrs. Frank Felker" through the streets of Logansport, Indiana, injuring her.
November 25 A hazing incident involving a battle between freshmen and sophomores at Vanderbilt was the main source of news for the Vanderbilt Hustler in 1907.
November 26 In 1999 the Chronicle of Higher Education published my op-ed piece on cultlike hazing in fraternities.
November 27 In 2001, two members of James Madison University's Sigma Alpha Epsilon chapter were charged with hazing.
Ukraine: US STATE DEPARTMENT report below
"On November 27, Oleksandr Rybka died following a beating by two fellow
soldiers the day after he reported to a training base in Chernihiv
Oblast. According to his relatives, Rybka called home on November 26
saying that two sergeants had demanded money. Prosecutor General
Oleksandr Medvedko stated that military prosecutors had initiated a
criminal case. For the first time in recent history, military officials
immediately acknowledged the death of a military member as the result
of hazing. Defense Minister Hrytsenko, who took the investigation under
his personal control, stated that this was a hazing death and added
that it was the first to occur in two years.
The Association of Soldiers' Mothers (ASM) reported that violent hazing
continued to be widespread. According to the military watchdog group
Mothers of Killed Soldiers, most deaths are labeled suicide or accident
without investigation. In 2005 there were nine suicides while in
service, 10 suicides outside regular service, and two soldiers were
killed by their fellow servicemen. According to the Kharkiv Human
Rights Protection Group, seven criminal cases of soldier-on-soldier
violence were initiated in the Kharkiv garrison in 2005.
According to the ASM, garrison prosecutors often did not investigate
complaints of hazing, accepted bribes not to press charges against the
perpetrators of such violence, or delayed the start of trial
proceedings until potential witnesses were discharged from the
military. Garrison prosecutors wrongfully confined soldiers who
complained about hazing to psychiatric hospitals, and punishment
administered for committing or condoning hazing was insufficient to
deter further abuses.
Police abused Roma and harassed and abused dark skinned persons.
Representatives of these groups claimed that police officials routinely
ignored, and sometimes abetted, vigilante violence against them,
especially in Crimea (see section 5)." Additional info on 91 hazing cases.
November 28 This article ran in the New York Times in 1881. It is
likely the first lawsuit ever for hazing. "The Maine newspapers tell us
that a Portland lawyer [Sewall C. Strout] has brought suit on November 18 claiming $10,000 from each of
seven Sophomores in Bowdoin College for
injuries to his Freshman son's eyes by a piece of coal thrown through
his window in a hazing scrape." The suit named sophomores Noah
Pettingall [spelling is likely different according to a check of
Bowdoin history], Charles Dunning, Samuel Packard, Ernest Smith, Henry
Bradley, Donald Clark and Albert Sweetzer. The injured son was Charles Strout, and his brief bio is here. Chances are he was to endure hazing again, for he joined many fraternal organizations as an adult.
November 29 The Sigma Tau Gamma chapter at Plattsburgh State earned
national recognition for anti-hazing statements in the documentary "Unless a Death Occurs: Hazing Examined."
In 2006 on this date, newspaper accounts reported that the
chapter admitted it earlier that month had required its members swallow
a nickel as a requirement for initiation. The practice came to light
when a member became ill enough tto be hospitalized. The chapter
took responsibility for its actions, according to news reports. Hazing
at Plattsburgh State became a national story with the 2003 death of
Walter "Dean" Jennings, a pledge for a subrosa chapter. Plattsburgh
Greek life has become a national voice for hazing containment or
November 30 1) Funeral today for Robert Champion, FAMU band member. One of the largest gatherings to discuss hazing education occurred in Atlanta in 2005.
December 1-2 Carson Starkey died following a hazing
at a "party" on December 1, 2008. He pledged Sigma Alpha Epsilon
California Polytechnic University, in San Luis Obispo. He never awoke
in the morning. His parents have done much good to create awareness in
the three years since his death,
December 2 Six members of the Southern University band were charged with beating a new member of the French horn section witha two-by-four in 2008.
December 2 Terry Stirling died of alcohol poisoning at a Big and
Little drinking marathon at Old Dominion. The college was lambasted my
many in the press for taking slow and too little action against the ATO
members in charge of the "party."
December 3 The 1900 death of Oscar L. Booz at
West Point on this date led to a Congressional investigation into
hazing practices at the military academy during Booz's time there in
1898. The committee ruled West POint had savage and dangerous hazing
practices but ruled that tubercolosis was the cause of the death. See
Hank Nuwer "Broken Pledges: The Deadly Rite of Hazing" for a chapter on
the Booz affair.
December 4 Sailor hazing, 1994.
"The incidents, which the Navy said were unrelated, took place aboard
the oilers USS Merrimack and USS Monongahela. [John Tull] wouldn't
reveal the nature or circumstances of the hazing. "The exact
circumstances are still being investigated," he said. The Merrimack was
at sea when its hazing incidents occurred, Tull said. Six sailors were
charged with assault at administrative hearings before the ship's
captain. Each received 45 days' restriction, 45 days' extra duty, and
forfeiture of a half-month's pay for two months. Each was also reduced
in rank or had a pending promotion withheld.
December 5 Claude G. Campbell in 1894
was savagely hazed for wearing the "wrong" colors at a football game. A
newspaper made much of his handicap and called the tormentors
"asinine." Also on December 5, R. M. Long of the University of Wisconsin was ordered to testify in an 1889 freshman-sophomore hazing case.
December 6 In 1994, the Kappa Alpha Psi chapter at M.I.T. was lightly punished for hazing.
December 7 Los Angeles physician and surgeon George Goodellow
dies on December 7, 1910. He was involved in racial hazing at West
Point. "Medical Pioneer. Known as the "Gunfighter's Surgeon," he was
the first physician known to operate successfully on abdominal gunshot
wounds. At age 12, he was sent East for his schooling only to be
expelled for incorrigibility and then placed in a military school in
Oakland. He was enrolled at Annapolis only to be dismissed after
knocking unconscious the school's first black cadet in a hazing
incident." --From "Find-a-Grave
December 8 On this day in 2005 the University of Michigan accused its Zeta Beta Tau chapter of hazing.
December 9 Chad Saucier in 1993
died afterr a foolish and dangerous Big Bottle exchange for "Bigs" and "Littles" in which he and
other Phi Delta Theta (Auburn University) pledges had to be the
"cheap entertainment" for a Christmas party and dress like elves. See
Hank Nuwer's Wrongs of Passage for a lengthy treatment of Chad's death.
Phi Delta Theta, its web site, and international officers have become well known for innovative anti-hazing programs and no-tolerance statements. Phi Delta Theta sponsors the HazingPrevention.org "Hank Nuwer Anti-Hazing Hero Awards"
to five individuals who show heroism in speaking out againts hazing--be
it in Greek life, band, athletics, clubs or pro sports and the job
force. Mother Rita Saucier during the 1990s became one of the nation's
best-known national activists to advocate anti-hazing programs with her
Mobile, Alabama bill board, letter to Ann Landers, and countless TV
December 10 In 2008 the University of New Hampshire cited its glee club "The New Hampsire Gentlemen" for hazing and alcohol violations.
December 11 University of Vermont ex-goalie Corey LaTulippe
sued the school's hockey coach, president and teammates aster a sexual
hazing that led to the team's hockey season being cancelled. 1999
December 12 A midshipman charged he was forced to stand on his head until he passed out at the Naval Academy. 1905
December 13 Kevin Lawless died Dec. 13, 1999 during Hell Night
drinking for the subrosa Sigma Tau Omega at Iona. A judge threw
out the mother's lawsuit against Iona, saying a school had no duty to protect the well being of students.
advocate of teaching discipline by beating youngsters killed a boy and
drew a reference to physical hazing in Japan with athletes. I
found this useful getting into the heads of physical hazing abusers. Dec. 13, 1983
December 14 Freshmen and sophomore women at the University of Cincinnati came to blows over a foolish sophomore edict in 1905. Security outfit based in Afghanistan was accused of sexually hazing its recruits in 2009.
The University of Alberta Delta Kappa Epsilon chapter received nationwide criticism, as did the international fraternity after a 2010 incident.
December 15 Congress issued a resolution calling for an investigation into hazing at the Naval Academy in 1905. Scroll down for more specifics.
December 16 In 2006, two members of the FAMU Kappa Alpha Psi chapter were sentenced in the beating of a pledge.
December 17 Anthony Clarke
intitially faced four serious counts of hazing and more for an incident
that occurred when he played football for Blackfoot High School in
Idaho. He transferred from Boise State to play football for Carroll
College in Montana. He was sentenced to thirty days in jail for
disturbing the peace. A key witness refused to testify in the sexual
assault charge. 2) Allegations of sexual assault rock a Virginia high school.
Also on December 17, a high school hazing reveals serious flaw in
Nevada law or perhaps this officer's interprettation of it. It is
not mandatory to report incidents of hazing student to student in
Nevada--at least this article says that.
On December 18, 1996 A hazing at the Citadel sees two more student suspensions. Two female cadets say men lighted clothes on fire.
December 19, 2008 The Pi Kappa Alpha chapter at Northern Arizona University was suspended five years for branding pledges with dry ice.
December 20 Two Colorado Kappa Alpha Theta members were injured in a case police said failed to meet the specific definition of hazing.
December 21, 2008 Rookie Sam Querrey was asked to sing karaoke in a hotel lobby in front of 200 USTA members.
December 22 Fred P. Bronner died on this date in 1972.
He was already a member but three Chi Chi Chi brothers at Pierce
College abducted him anyway and dropped him in the mountains without
glasses. Bronner had very poor eyesight and plunged to his death off a
500-foot cliff trying to get back to campus. It took many days
for rescuers to find the body.
December 23 Serious charges were brought against Westlake High School wrestlers in 1997 but the case went nowhere soon afterward and was dropped.
December 24 A Texas grand jury condemned the hazing death of
handcuffed University of Texas pledge Mark Seeburger, 18, but refused
to indict his Phi Kappa Psi brothers who drove him in a van as he lay
December 25 Trenmore Coffin Jr. and Stephen Decatur Jr. at Annapolis were accused of hazing Jerdone P. Kimbrough. 1905
December 29 Annapolis hazing case. "The
first of the series of trials of midshipmen for hazing began today,
when Trenmore Coffin, Jr., of the third class, was up before a court of
five members on the charge of hazing Jerdone P. Kimbrough, a "plebe,"
or fourth class man."
Also December 29, Phi Gamma Delta chapter at University of Kansas sued (2010) by Fiji pledge Matt Fritzie.
December 31 The horrors of Russian hazing revealed by the ambutation and genitalia loss of Andrey Sychov. 2005
January 1 In 1869, Sigma Nu was founded this day as an
anti-hazing organization. Sigma Nu's founders disapproved of the hazing
they had seen while cadets at Virginia Military Institute.
January 2 On Jan. 2, 2009, West Point cadet Gordon Fein
shot and killed himself while at home in North Carolina on leave. Many
pointed to stress of grades and hazing in the prestigious military
January 5 Education site publishes Hazing and Civil Liability. 1910
January 8 Four sophomore student hazers were granted clemency at the request of Kingdon Gould, the hazed Columbia University freshman.
Friday, January 8, 2010
Student hazing death in Britain
18-year-old "Fresher" Alex Doji of Staffordshire University died in
2003 following an alcohol ceremony. His was considered an athletic
hazing death. He was a newcomer on the rugby team. Source Hanknuwer.com
January 14 The Citadel in 1997 became the focus of stunning revelations as female cadets found a cold reception from male cadets at the South Carolina school.
January 20, 1901 Mark Twain blasts hazers at West Point as "bullies and cowards." http://www.twainquotes.com/19010120.html
January 22 Prairie View A & M fraternity member Marvin Jackson takes responsibility for the death of Phi Beta Sigma pledge Donnie Wade II but is never charged.
January 23 In 1989, antihazing activist Eileen Stevens spoke out against a rash of serious hazing incidents.
January 28, 2010 Rutgers chapter of Sigma Gamma Rho accused of mental and physical hazing.
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