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8 hazing danger signs from Hanknuwer.com

From moderator Hank Nuwer

  1. Your fraternity encourages or coerces pledges into drinking. A bottle exchange is not a gift. It’s a weapon that has killed over and over.
  2. Your chapter has members who physically haze in lineups or administer “wood” with impunity.
  3. Your high school team has players who think it their right to touch and taunt rookies.
  4. Your sorority shares or trades pledges with a fraternity.
  5. Your chapter thinks it is a hoot to drop pledges far from home with no identification.
  6. Your chapter makes pledges go on some kind of forced march.
  7. Your chapter makes pledges eat unpleasant substances that can make someone gag and choke.

8) You make pledges swim or wade in deep waters.

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--http://realalaskadaily.com and in his weekly column "Far from Randolph" in the Winchester Star-Gazette of Randolph County, Indiana.

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