Hazing News

Nebraska update

November 8, 2007 9:25 AM ET

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) – Two students charged with hazing in connection with a fatal Lincoln fire have been given pretrial diversion, so they won’t face trial.

Misdemeanor charges were dropped for 23-year-old Jed Tompkins of Crete and 21-year-old Lance Daharsh of Lincoln.

They were charged during the investigation into a fraternity house fire at Nebraska Wesleyan University last year. Another student died.

A Diversion Services official says diversion includes community service.

Another student, 22-year-old Brandon Lovegrove of Grafton, pleaded not guilty to a charge of attempted arson for a fire unrelated to the one that killed 19-year-old Ryan Stewart of Ord.

Lovegrove’s trial is set for January.

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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