Hazing News

Maxwell Gruver honored on the field of the University of Alabama game

Alabama long snapper Scott Meyer wore a wristband honoring Max (Max Gruver) who died in the Phi Delta Theta house at LSU.

Predictably, as in the case of Penn State’s Tim Piazza, a wall of silence has descended over the young men who were present when 19-year-old Gruber perished due to alcohol overdose.

Police in Baton Rouge  are looking at every kind of charge from serving an underage minor to hazing to stronger charges at this time: Moderator Hank Nuwer

PS A tip of the helmet to Scott Meyer. Class act all the way, sir, and to his coaches who permitted the armband. Here’s hoping the NCAA renews its fight on hazing that has lagged considerably since the retirement and death of NCAA chief Myles Brand in 2009.


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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