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Hey Day foolish behavior continues: University of Pennsylvania unable to control behavior on Heyday

Pennsylvania school can’t control its students: story follows
Despite seniors’ pledge, juniors are still pelted with condiments and eggs during parade
Maggie Rusch

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Updated April 24, 10:30 p.m.

To gain entry into the Final Toast event on College Green on Hey Day, seniors signed a pledge to not throw items at the parading Class of 2010 – and yet a number chose to welcome the juniors not by raising a toast, but by pelting one of the free beers provided at the event.

Despite the 2009 Class Boards’ efforts to curb junior hazing by seniors on Hey Day, the Class of 2010 – and Locust Walk – was smothered in the usual array on condiments after the procession.

While the level of hazing was slightly less than years prior, students still lined Locust Walk with an arsenal of ketchup, flour and barbeque and chocolate sauce and eggs during the procession.

Even off campus, students donning the visible Hey Day T-shirt faced hazing as early as 1 p.m. along 40th Street and Baltimore Avenue. At one point, several police had to intervene near 40th and Pine as students were spraying passersby with ketchup and mustard.

Whether students were purposely targeted by friends, or simply caught in the cross-fire, the junior class that assembled on College Green was covered in flour and smelled like barbeque sauce.

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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