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First-year SDSU student Jenny Poliakoff dies of drug and alcohol overdose following the Alpha Phi formal

This is a NON-hazing death but of interest to readers. Sincere condolences for family, friends and San Diego State classmates.

Excerpt from article: Jenny Poliakoff returned to her apartment on May 6 after attending the Alpha Phi formal the previous night. At about 9:40 a.m., Poliakoff’s brother, who lived with her in the apartment, found her dead in her bedroom, University Police Lt. Robert McManus said.

One of Poliakoff’s neighbors, an SDSU student and did not want to be named, said she woke up on May 6 hearing screams and cries.

“There were about 10 to 15 sorority girls and some family members standing around crying,” the neighbor said.
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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. 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 new book is Hazing: Destroying Young Lives from Indiana University Press. He is married to Malgorzata Wroblewska Nuwer of Warsaw, Poland and Fairbanks, Alaska. Nuwer, former columnist for the Greenville (Ohio)Early Bird, finished a stint as managing editor of the Celina Daily Standard to accept a new position as 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--

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