Hazing News

4/19/2006 Hartwick

ONEONTA — A former Hartwick College lacrosse player pleaded innocent to hazing and other charges in Oneonta City Court on Tuesday.
Michael Vasile, 22, of Geneva, appeared before Judge Walter L. Terry III and entered innocent pleas to first-degree unlawfully dealing with a child, second-degree hazing and second-degree harassment.
A pre-trial conference for Vasile has been scheduled for May 9.
The case of a second former lacrosse player was adjourned until May 9, according to court officials. He faces the same charges.
The two were the only people arrested after an investigation into an alleged hazing incident during a men’s lacrosse team party.
Police said that rookie players had two hours to drink a half keg at a Sunday afternoon party at the home of other lacrosse players.

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 new book is Hazing: Destroying Young Lives from Indiana University Press. He is married to Malgorzata Wroblewska Nuwer of Warsaw, Poland and Fairbanks, Alaska. Nuwer, former columnist for the Greenville (Ohio)Early Bird, finished a stint as managing editor of the Celina Daily Standard to accept a new position as 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--

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