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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

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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