Hazing News update–Bridgewater and Iowa: excerpt attached

U of Iowa Baseball Initiation FOIA Request Day 5 Update – Kind of a “good news, bad news” day for this story. We actually received a nice email from someone at UI on Monday, which read:

Mr. Reno,

University of Iowa Sports Information Director Phil Haddy forwarded me your public records request, which he received June 15, because I am the custodian of public records for the UI.
I am checking to see whether we have copies of the photos in question. Otherwise, it appears that the only document that we have regarding this incident is the memo to President Skorton from Prof. Altmaier and Associated Athletic Director Fred Mims.
If that is all there is, I will e-mail a copy to you and there will be no
charge. I should be able to respond fully yet this week.

Steve Parrott
Director of University Relations
University of Iowa

The bad news is that we asked for more than just that final report: we also wanted any transcripts of interviews that the investigators did with the baseball team and either they didn’t take any notes, or we didn’t ask for the right thing. Damn! Now we wish we had finished law school . . . or college for that matter. We sent an email back asking for any documents related to the interviews, if any exist. Our guess is that they never put any of it in writing. Either way, we hope to get post that memo to the prez for you later in the week.
BONUS: Bridgewater State College Investigates Alleged Hazing, Uses “Iowa Defense” – The guy at the “Dirty 30” site linked to these pictures and we vaguely remember seeing them, but it’s interesting to see that the BSC athletic director is taking the same investigatory technique with its women’s soccer team that Iowa did with their men’s baseball team: ignore their own hazing policy and clear the team of hazing allegations because a) players weren’t forced to participate and b) the incident happened after the season was over . . . so it couldn’t possibly be hazing, right? Athletic Director John “See No Evil” Harper even went so far as to boast that, “I know hazing when I see it.” While that mildly reassuring and disturbing at the same time, it might help if you read your own policy there John, ’cause there’s nothing in there about when it occurs during the season and, in fact, the last line reads “An individual in alleged violation of the hazing policy may not use consent as a defense to any prosecution.” (Taunton Gazette)

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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