Hazing News

Close call from alcohol at University of Tennessee prompts crackdown on fraternity drinking at parties.

Here is the story link to the Daily Beacon


In the first three weekends of school this semester, UTPD has received numerous reports of fraternities serving alcohol in frat houses, including to minors. Just last weekend, three different fraternity houses (Sigma Alpha Epsilon, Sigma Chi and Sigma Nu) produced ten underage consumption of alcohol citations and two arrests for underage consumption of alcohol.

“We almost had a student die who was allegedly drinking in a fraternity house,” Davis said. “I don’t want to talk to a parent and say, ‘Your son has died,’ or ‘Your daughter has died.'”

The incident she referred to occurred during the first weekend of school, when a male student fell and hit his head in Presidential Courtyard after attending a fraternity rush event. He recovered in the hospital.

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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