Hazing News

MPR discusses deaths by hazing with Lianne Kowiak and Hank Nuwer

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From the Minnesota Public Radio page of Kerri Miller

Some argue that hazing in college fraternities and athletics promote group cohesiveness and bonding.

But according to data compiled by Bloomberg News, there have been more than 60 fraternity-linked deaths in the past eight years.

Recent incidents include a student who died at Penn State. And at Carleton College in Minnesota, there was an alleged sexual assault following a hazing incident.

So why does hazing persist? How dangerous is it, and what can be done to stop it?

MPR News host Kerri Miller talked to hazing prevention advocate Lianne Kowiak who lost a 19-year-old son due to fraternity hazing, and journalist Hank Nuwer, who’s written many books on the subject of hazing.

Use the audio player above to hear their conversation.

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 new book is Hazing: Destroying Young Lives from Indiana University Press. He is married to Malgorzata Wroblewska Nuwer of Warsaw, Poland and Fairbanks, Alaska. Nuwer, former columnist for the Greenville (Ohio)Early Bird, finished a stint as managing editor of the Celina Daily Standard to accept a new position as 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--

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