Hazing News

CBS Sunday Morning Features Work of hazing activists Ev and Jim Piazza; Rae Ann & Steve Gruver: Mother’s Day

Post by Mrs. Ev Piazza: Tune in to CBS Sunday Morning this Sunday, Mother’s Day, at 9 am for our interview with Lee Cowan about hazing – our sons’ unnecessary and cruel hazing and deaths as well as the education and prevention efforts we have been working on. If I get a better description or promo I will update my post. If you can’t watch it, set your DVR.

Seeing as so many students just made their final college decision for May 1 and are looking forward to in-person classes this fall, it’s so important to have parents and students learn more about hazing, what it is, it’s many forms, how pervasive it is, and the importance of speaking up. It is not fun and games, it is not a “rite of passage/tradition” and it is not like the movies – it is dangerous, it is against the law and it can kill.
The Piazza family
Hank Nuwer, hazing speaker
And Franklin College press release: Deidra Baumgardner | Director of Communications
Wed 5/5/2021 2:14 PM
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Good afternoon. Let me take you back to January 31, 2020 – before COVID-19 was more than a casual mention.
CBS Sunday Morning came to campus and interviewed Hank Nuwer, professor emeritus of journalism, about hazing. As we all know, Hank is considered the expert on the topic. National correspondent Lee Cowan interviewed him in the Napolitan Alumni House and shot video of him working in his office as well.
Then COVID came along, and the producers decided to hold the story until they could air it at a time of greater relevance. They believe that time has arrived, barring anything unexpected coming along this week.
The story is scheduled to air this Sunday, May 9 on the CBS Sunday Morning program at 9:00 a.m. (EDT) The producer says it will be the lead story – aired first in the hour long program.
I invite you to watch the segment. Feel free to pass this email along to others you believe may be interested in watching it, including our students.
Please check your TV provider’s channel listing for the correct channel number. Have a great week!
Best wishes,
Deidra Baumgardner | Director of Communications
Office of Communications | Old Main, 148
Franklin College
101 Branigin Boulevard, Franklin, Indiana 46131-2623 | 317.738.8189

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 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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