Hazing News

Humboldt State officials say two soccer players’ lives were in danger during a hazing incident that ended season

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An investigation into the incident and other violations of student and athletic codes of conduct began after school officials received a phone call on Aug. 6 indicating that a number of players on the men’s soccer team had been involved in hazing and underage drinking at an off-campus party.

At a press conference Tuesday, Vice President of Student Affairs Peg Blake said alcohol was believed to have played a large role in the alleged hazing.

Blake said more than 20 players attended the party, all of whom engaged in hazing activities “designed to humiliate and degrade players” and heavy drinking. Although she would not provide specifics, Blake went on to say that the lives of two student athletes were put in serious jeopardy. Neither received medical treatment.

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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