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Kappa Alpha Theta

OSU sorority hazing alleged

By SHANNON MUCHMORE World Staff Writer
Last Modified: 10/28/2008  2:53 AM

STILLWATER — An Oklahoma State University sorority has been suspended temporarily during an investigation into alleged hazing.

Seventeen members of the Kappa Alpha Theta sorority, including eight incoming members, were involved in the incident that took place at 12:30 a.m. Wednesday at an apartment near campus, OSU spokesman Gary Shutt said.

No injuries were reported, and OSU has no plans to involve police, Shutt said.

Witnesses not affiliated with the sorority heard noises indicating stress and possible injury coming from the apartment and notified the Student Conduct Office.

That office began conducting interviews last week for the investigation, Shutt said.

The sorority must cease all activity until further notice.

Its leaders and members have been cooperating with the investigation, Shutt said.

Individual students also are under investigation, and they could face suspension.

Shutt said OSU is grateful that no one was injured, but it is intent on discovering what happened.

“Anything that’s identified as hazing is something that’s taken very seriously,” he said.

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 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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