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Guardian: Caution needed to keep USA sports team hazing free after recent rugby death of Brit schoolboy

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In effect, says Hank Nuwer, a leading hazing researcher and author, “in many cases you’ve got two freshman classes – the freshmen who were here the last year and couldn’t go to school, and the incoming freshmen. And so these freshmen who are now actually sophomores haven’t had these education programmes, they haven’t had the coaches talking to them and have gotten the prohibitions. And that’s what’s worrisome, what these sophomores might do to the incoming class.”

David Kerschner and Elizabeth Allan of the University of Maine surveyed students in five colleges and found that overall 40.9% of athletes experienced hazing, compared to 24.8% of non-athletes. Drinking games were the most common form of hazing, followed by ridicule at “roast”-style events. “Athletes were statistically significantly more likely to experience harassment hazing than their peers in fraternities and sororities and other group organisations,” Kerschner said.

Athletes were also more likely than non-athletes to be supportive of hazing – defined in a major 2008 study as “any activity expected of someone joining or participating in a group that humiliates, degrades, abuses, or endangers  Link

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--http://realalaskadaily.com and in his weekly column "Far from Randolph" in the Winchester Star-Gazette of Randolph County, Indiana.

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