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Curry case settled: Alpha Phi Alpha

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The Dallas Morning News
February 14, 2007
SMU fraternity pledge settles suit in ’03 hazing
By Michael Grabell
A Southern Methodist University fraternity pledge who nearly died in a 2003 hazing
incident has settled his lawsuit with the Alpha Phi Alpha fraternity, a judge ruled
Braylon Curry sued the historically black fraternity and several members after being
forced to chug gallons of water until he collapsed and nearly drowned in his own vomit.
Settlement details are confidential and weren’t released.
“He feels like he has justice,” said his attorney, Mary Alice McLarty. “He was almost
killed, and somebody was held accountable.”
One fraternity member received 10 years’ probation last year; others charged with
aggravated assault are awaiting trial.

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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