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Alabama chapter in hot water

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TUSCALOOSA | A University of Alabama fraternity has been disbanded after repeated violations of the student code of conduct and a hazing violation.

The national board of Sigma Phi Epsilon revoked the charter of its Alabama Beta chapter on Nov. 24. In response, campus administrators pulled recognition of the chapter as an official student group, said Ralph Clements III, a Tuscaloosa attorney and president of the chapter’s alumni board.

UA alumni of Sigma Phi Epsilon, campus administrators and representatives from the social fraternity’s national organization will meet to decide what must be done for a chapter to be re- established. The earliest that could happen would be the 2010 fall semester, said UA spokeswoman Deborah Lane.

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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