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In Hot Water Themselves: the list of those charged at Tulane in Pi Kappa Alpha

Link to Boston Herald and excerpt: Nicholas Maddern of South Hamilton; Kevin Dunn, 20, of New York; Randall Graham, 20, of Michigan; Joseph Lorono, 20, of New York; and Jeremy Bendat, 22, of California are accused of pouring boiling water on students at Pi Kappa Alpha April 25 and 26 and then pouring cayenne pepper and crab oil into their wounds, New Orleans police said.

“All of the pledge class members were subjected to a variety of torture,” said Paul Hesse, the attorney for a 20-year-old student who sustained second-degree burns over 20 percent of his body. “There was pressure to withstand as much pain as possible.”

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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