Hazing News

Australia’s hazing issues with drinking

Opinion by Nina Funnel: National Times


Once again Sydney University’s colleges are in the headlines for all the wrong reasons. Last week St John’s residential college suspended 30 male students after a drinking game left a young woman in hospital.

The teenager collapsed after older students allegedly accosted her in a hall and told her she could not leave until she consumed the initiation drink. She allegedly protested, citing an allergy to alcohol.

She eventually conceded and consumed the drink. Minutes later she was found convulsing on the floor and was rushed to hospital.

Advertisement: Story continues below

Last year, a separate college found itself in a similar position after a boy was allegedly forced to drink alcohol through a tube inserted into his mouth as he lay on his back. It ended in him vomiting blood.

Drinking games and drinking rituals have formed a part of initiation and bonding ceremonies within the college culture for decades.

Years ago, when I was a student at Sydney University, one of my college friends became violently ill after she was appointed “Fresher Sacrifice”. “Fresher” is the term given to first year students and during O-Week (Orientation Week) the older students would select a first year student to be “sacrificed”. This meant that the student would be plied with alcohol, often until they threw up or passed out.

Read more:

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--

Leave a Reply

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.