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Hazing scandal at Carlton has serious new allegations

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Taariq Muhammad Vanegas, 19-year-old Carleton football player and rec league lacrosse coach from Seattle, Washington, faces felony third-degree sexual assault charges after reportedly having sex with a female student whose blood alcohol content was at least three times the legal limit. The student, who’s not named, says she remembers little of the encounter, which began with a cryptic email and ended with her wandering half clothed through a college dorm, according to a criminal complaint filed in Rice County Court.

Vanegas, a defensive lineman for the Knights football team, also played for the college’s lacrosse team. Lacrosse is a club sport at Carleton. While his name remains on the Knights lacrosse roster, he’s been scrubbed from the football roster. He’s listed on the Northfield Lacrosse Association website as a coach for the Boys 8 and under team.

His first appearance in court is set for Aug. 17.

According to the complaint, events transpired as follows:

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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