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It takes a hazing scandal or death to make a difference: SUNY Binghamton expose puts a target on all SUNY schools

Make no mistake. The hazing deaths and near death at Plattsburgh and Geneseo were not the only SUNY campuses with issues. See below for Binghamton’s Greek investigation.


Excerpt: Hank Nuwer, a professor at Franklin College in Indiana who has written four books on hazing, said the difficulties of enforcing anti-hazing laws are not unique to Binghamton.

“There’s a lot of frustration,” Nuwer said. “We’ve got 44 laws out of 50 (states), but you’re looking at a handful that actually have any clout at all. The others at the bottom are symbolic.”|topnews|text|FRONTPAGE

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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