Hazing News

2004 Athletics Hazing by Kate Lockwood and Hank Nuwer

Indiana University
Bloomington, Indiana
Possible cross county team hazing
August 27, 2004

Eight freshman members of the university’s men’s cross country team were found running on campus wearing nothing but supporters, and were consequently arrested by IUPD.  Investigation continues into the possibility of hazing.

University of North Carolina
Wilmington, North Carolina
Hazing on women’s swim team
April 2004

Younger members of the women’s swim team were allegedly forced to wear certain clothing, paint their faces and run through a local car wash.  Sanctions for members of the swim team included hours of community service and mandatory student-athlete education programs.

University of Buffalo
Buffalo, New York
Alleged soccer team hazing
September 2004

Freshman team members were allegedly forced to large quantities of prune juice throughout the course of a day, consume alcohol and were sprayed with spray paint.  One freshman team member was taken to a local hospital for dehydration.

Skidmore College
Saratoga Springs, Florida
September 18, 2004
Hockey team hazing

Several freshmen members of the men’s ice hockey team were forced to drink alcohol while attending a party at a fellow student’s apartment.  An investigation confirmed hazing had taken place at the party.

By Hank Nuwer

Journalist Hank Nuwer is the Alaska 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 current book is Hazing: Destroying Young Lives from Indiana University Press. He is married to Malgorzata Wroblewska Nuwer of Warsaw, Poland and Fairbanks, Alaska. Nuwer is a former columnist for the Greenville (Ohio)Early Bird and former managing editor of the Fairbanks Daily News-Miner in Alaska.
Nuwer was named the Ohio Society of Professional Journalists columnist of the year in 2021 for his “After Darke” column in the Early Bird. He also won third place for the column in 2022 from the Indiana chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists. He and his wife Gosia, recently of Union City, Ind., have owned 20 acres in Alaska for many years. “The move is a sort-of coming home for us,” said Nuwer. As a journalist, he’s written about the Alaskan Iditarod sled-dog race and other Alaska topics. Read his musings in his blog at Real Alaska Daily-- and in his weekly column "Far from Randolph" in the Winchester Star-Gazette of Randolph County, Indiana.

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