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Southeastern Louisiana University Sorority Members Accused of Hazing

By Leigh Culbert Weekend Anchor/Reporter
April 26 2008 |

NEW ORLEANS – Seven sorority members accused of hazing another student at Southeastern Louisiana University are seeking a court order allowing them to return to school while they appeal their suspensions.

A lawyer for the University of Louisiana System asked a federal judge Friday to dissolve a temporary restraining order that allowed the Alpha Kappa Alpha sorority members back on SLU’s Hammond campus this month.

The students’ lawyers want to extend the order, which a state judge issued April 14.

U.S. District Judge Mary Ann Vial Lemmon says she expects to rule by Monday.

The students’ accuser, Arieal Ellis, claims she was hazed during an off-campus party in January. Ellis says she was locked in a room, told to take off her clothes, struck with a belt and a paddle and slapped in her face.

Ellis recanted her allegations several days after she made them. But a school official said Ellis changed her story again and “reiterated” the allegations shortly after she recanted them.

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. In April of 2024, the Alaska Press Club awarded him first place in the Best Columnist division and Best Humorist, second place.

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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