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1935 hazing incident at Duke was severe: Time Magazine, from Dec. 07, 1936

Moderator: I just came across this interesting article on hazing. Here is an excerpt. I have written to the Archives at Duke University for additional details.

“At Duke University last year, a fraternity pledge named Einer A. Palmgren, stripped and painted with shellac, was inadvertently ignited and had to be hospitalized for severe burns.”

More on the story here. I checked 1920 census records. Einer was four and living with his family in North Carolina in the 1920 Census.

–Moderator Hank Nuwer

By Hank Nuwer

Hank Nuwer is the Indiana-based author of Hazing: Destroying Young Lives; Broken Pledges: The Deadly Rite of Hazing, High School Hazing, Wrongs of Passage and The Hazing Reader. He has written articles or columns on hazing for the Sunday Times of India, Toronto Globe & Mail, Harper's Magazine, Orlando Sentinel, The Chronicle of Higher Education and the New York Times Sunday Magazine. His new book is Hazing: Destroying Young Lives from Indiana University Press.

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