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More on sad death of Shirley Jennifer Poliakoff, known as Jenny


By Hank Nuwer

Hank Nuwer is the Indiana-based author of 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.

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To the Editor:


Tomorrow will be the start of the San Diego State University graduations. Many if not all of the friends and families of the students receiving their degrees will only have to look at the surrounding walls to find evidence of the love affair of SDSU in promoting the drinking of beer.

For all the excellent benefits their sons and daughter receive at a school with a major multiethnic distribution of its student body and with an outstanding faculty, it is indeed a shame that these student have been targeted by Miller Lite beer advertising signage on the walls of major activities. These include the men’s and girl’s baseball fields, and are on display at most of the graduation sites such as the ARC gym, the Aztrac and the Cox Auditorium.

In reality the school has sold its soul to promote alcohol beverages and in its operation of Louis’ Bar in the Aztec Center where most of the student body have an unobstructed view, to observe the joys of beer as they enter the campus form the College Ave foot bridge or depart and arrive from the campus Trolley Station. It may even be possible to see and hear President Weber or other school official addressing the convocation, projected on the Cox Scoreboard flanked by ads extolling the joy of drinking Miller’s Lite. The lasting effect of such targeting does not manifests itself quickly, but I am confident that the love affair of beer with SDSU will work itself out and be a curse for many of the students who graduate from SDSU. The University could have done better, but chose not to.

Dr. Norman Mann
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