Hazing News

Close call at Drake.

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Des Moines police said Skylar Otto, 20, and Joseph Hatchett, 19, are accused of hazing, a serious misdemeanor. They were to be released on their own recognizance.

Three members of the Iowa Delta Chapter of Phi Delta Theta at Drake University have been suspended from the fraternity pending a full investigation into their alleged roles in the incident. [Editor — Phi Delta Theta’s national has been particularly active in and on its own blog to
foster a no-tolerance for hazing atmosphere).

Nathan Cody Erickson, 19, a freshman at Drake University and a new member of the fraternity, was admitted to a Des Moines hospital with a blood-alcohol content of nearly .50, early Sunday morning.

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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