Hazing News

Column from the Philippines

There are enough ways to die. Any every way claiming the life of a young person is a heartbreak to family and friends. Any group where a frat rat member (kuya, as they are respectfully called in the dialect) will instigate hazing, condone hurting, maiming, and killing is a killer group. A kuya in such group is a criminal.

Can anyone out there think of a way to make the mention of fraternities in resumes tacky? If there were a way to remove the clout of affiliation to fraternities in the biodata, that might cut down the interest in fraternities. One way is to publicize what happens in secret, in private within these groups. Expose the truth and criminalize fraternities.

By publicizing fraternities for what they really are, not many will want to be assimilated anymore. There are status symbols that are not flaunted; not talked about at the dinner table; not include in resumes and biodata. One would not think to publicize, brag about his point average, the value of his jewelry, the amount of money he has in the bank, or the acreage of his parents’ estate. How about making just as tacky the mention of one’s membership in a fraternity and a sorority? Publicize the evil that goes on in private, in secret within those groups.

Considering what must really go on within, especially the fraternities, one ought to be ashamed to be affiliated. That the older and senior members of this fraternity had successfully killed an incoming member should be publicized, made common knowledge.

The status of belonging is what makes fraternities and sororities sought after by the impressionable and gullible. This perceived lifetime of status makes it worth the risk of being maimed or killed. Those who decide whether you get to belong or not are your cruel frat rats.

Log on to and know more about hazing. Cult Like Hazing–Article by Hank Nuwer describing some fraternity hazing as “cult-like.”

Alcohol and Hazing–Article on alcohol and fraternity hazing. Excerpted from Dr. Jim Arnold’s doctoral dissertation. Frat Daze – An untold story about pledging, hazing, friendship, betrayal, and survival. Inspired by actual events.

Wrongs of Passage Interview–Interview with Hank Nuwer about his book “Wrongs of Passage.” Followers Review–Review by Hank Nuwer of Followers anti-hazing movie. Sigma Chi News–”The Sigma Chi fraternity has suspended activities for 45 days at its University of Tennessee chapter after a national staff member suspected problems including hazing during a visit earlier this fall.”

Exterminating the Frat Rats – Essay by Hank Nuwer about why fraternities need to expel hazers. Indianapolis: The Greek Mecca – Essay by Hank Nuwer about the center of many national fraternity and sorority headquarters. Black Fraternity Hazing – Article on black fraternity hazing, by Dr. John A. Williams, Executive Director, Center for the Study of Pan-Hellenic Issues.

Hazing in NPHC Groups – Washington city paper article discussing hazing in black fraternities.

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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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