Hazing News

2006: a year without a hazing death in U.S. colleges and high schools

Now that it is clear Limestone College officials and faculty will look for

alcohol serving (to a minor) only as the cause of the death of athlete Zach Dunlevy, there are no hazing deaths of athletes or Greeks to report in 2006.
It is a small but important victory since there are verifiable hazing incidents every year from 1970 to 2005.

2006 did have international deaths, including a recent reported fraternal death in the Philippines, however.

Now for 2007. Here’s to another death-from-hazing free year. And here’s hoping police and college administrators and emergency room doctors will conduct full investigations to rule out or to confirm hazing when “rookie” athletes are instructed to bring their own bottles to parties.

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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