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Banned [of] Brothers

Moderator:  VCU expels Delta Chi chapter. The chapter hosted an event in which Adam Oakes died from an alcohol overdose. –Moderator Hank Nuwer

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A farewell and thanks to library assistant Jared Crocker of Franklin College

All: As you can see from the announcement below, Franklin College’s young and capable Jared Crocker is leaving for new adventures elsewhere.  I need to make a public thank you to Jared for his many hours helping me with requests for my research and books.  Jared: SALUD and Safe adventures, Colleague Jared.

–Hank Nuwer

Dear Franklin College Community–
I am sorry to inform you that Jared Crocker will shortly be leaving us for a new adventure. Jared has worked with the library since 2017 and has been an invaluable member of the library team. As Archives Assistant, his contributions to the library include the creation of an Archives resource guide, many exhibits featuring hidden gems of our special collections, responding to numerous email and phone enquiries, and support of events during Homecoming and Alumni Weekend. Many of you, of course, have depended heavily on Jared, in his role as Interlibrary Loan Assistant, to obtain the general and esoteric material that you needed. Jared was also the creator of the Coronavirus resource guide that kept many people up to date and informed during the pandemic. We will miss Jared’s quiet competence and his collaborative spirit.
–from Denise Shorey on behalf of B.F. Hamilton Library.
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Samuel Martinez update: Statute of limitations for a hazing charge in Washington needs extension to 24 months, plus felony penalties added: Moderator opinion

Moderator: Police in Pullman, WA have done the right thing in charging Alpha Tau Omega members with serving a minor in the alcohol-related hazing death of Samuel Martinez. But in my opinion, the Washington law could be strengthened by adding felony provisions in case of death, plus two years leeway to press actual charges of hazing. Coverage of the charges available at Washington Post, New York Times, etc.

Excerpt from Washington Post follows:

Martinez’s death has also driven his family to take on an influential system that has held sway on college campuses across the country for more than 150 years, despite a history of racismsexual violence and fatal hazing. After the Whitman County prosecutor announced the charges — 18 counts of furnishing liquor to minors — Martinez’s parents and sister issued a statement saying the punishment was far too lenient. “This is not justice,” the family said.

They pointed to the recent deaths of freshmen in Virginia and Ohio, who each died after “big brother” events, as evidence of a deeply rooted problem.

“Just like Sam, they were forced to drink lethal amounts of hard alcohol in order to join their frats. Just like Sam, they were abandoned by their so-called fraternity ‘brothers’ to die alone,” said the family statement, signed by Martinez’s mother, Jolayne Houtz; his father, Hector Martinez; and his sister, Ariana Martinez.

(Stone Foltz died in Ohio (BGU) & Adam Oakes in Virginia (VCU): Moderator).

“We say enough,” they continued. “It is time for universities, fraternities and policymakers to enact meaningful reforms that end this toxic culture.”

One such change, the family said, would be to further criminalize hazing. The 15 men charged — including Martinez’s “big brother,” a kind of Greek-life mentor — face a maximum of one year in jail and a $5,000 fine, consequences the family called “insulting.”

They had hoped that hazing charges would be brought, as police recommended earlier this year, but by the time authorities turned the investigation over to prosecutors, the one-year statute of limitations had expired.

“That was very heart-wrenching for the family,” one of their attorneys, Sergio Garcidueñas-Sease, told The Washington Post. “There is plenty of evidence there that hazing occurred, so it wouldn’t have been a difficult charge to prosecute.”

Pullman Police Chief Gary Jenkins told The Post that the coronavirus pandemic delayed the inquiry and made it even more difficult to track down and interview students who did not live year-round in the college town. Jenkins said they were waiting on results of a forensic analysis of Martinez’s cellphone, which they believed could turn up text messages that “could support a manslaughter prosecution.”

Officers chose to wait on the analysis rather than press forward with a hazing prosecution that could have created “a double-jeopardy issue” and imperiled a more severe charge, Jenkins said.

“We did not want to settle for a misdemeanor charge at the cost of the possibility of a felony manslaughter,” he added….

According to a list maintained by Hank Nuwer, a professor emeritus at Franklin College in Indiana, hazing has killed scores of students in recent decades. Since 1959, Nuwer has found, not a year has passed without a hazing death — except 2020, when the coronavirus put Greek life and in-person college attendance on hold.

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Tennis has just made it harder on people with mental challenges who are afraid to get help

Tennis has just made it harder on people with mental challenges who are afraid to get help because they feel they’ll be punished at work or looked down upon.My heart goes out to Naomi Osaka (as a media guy speaking). I think there’s a difference between athletes who are jerks and arrogant who shun the press and a thoughtful young woman who says she has mental issues after interviews. Me, I’d take her at her word, let her play, and write about what she does as an athlete. Years ago, I interviewed Bo Jackson for a major magazine when he was in college. He had a terrible stutter and his nervousness was apparent. I worked with him, and he gave a very good interview. Later, he beat his stutter as I had also after developing a lesser stutter at the Seminary in h.s. I’d make an exception her her and would allow her to even email answers back if that made her more comfortable. Or, I’d let her keep quiet and skip the interview. She earned her right to compete.
And in July 2019, after an early exist at Wimbledon, she said to the news moderator that she wanted permission to leave the room because she was about to cry. WE have all this talk about helping people with mental health issues.
And Tennis administrators just kicked them and Naomi to the curb. –Hank Nuwer