Hazing News

South Carolina chapter ousted

Lambda Chi Alpha Gamecocks 

Statement from USC: Operations of the Lambda Chi Alpha fraternity at the University of South Carolina have been suspended until at least August 2023, effective November 11.
The suspension is supported by the organization’s national office and follows a university investigation in which evidence of member hazing was uncovered.
Hazing is not tolerated at the University of South Carolina, and those who engage in the practice face disciplinary action.”

The best known hazing death at USC was that of Sigma Nu Pledge L. Barry Ballou. His story with photos is told in Broken Pledges: The Deadly Rite of Hazing .  Here is the court case in 1986.




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--

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