Hazing News

Non-hazing athlete and sorority tragedies hit Bloomington, Ind: gymnastic team member dies after Indiana University Phi Kappa Sigma formal; Delta Zeta sorority woman dies in house

Here are two tragic losses being investigated. Please do not assume they are hazing stories. In addition to tracking hazing deaths, I keep a list of deaths involving student groups to look for certain at-risk factors in that group to encourage safety reforms in athletics and Greek life.

Dead: Christine Wampler, 21, of Indiana University after fraternity formal in Louisville.

Delta Zeta holds memorial for Nichole Birky, a sister found dead in her bed.

Repeat: these are non-hazings. Toxicology reports are not in. I’ll follow up when more is reported. Link to Indiana University Alcohol Research and Education site. Moderator Hank Nuwer, part-time instructor, IUPUI

PS:  Here is an article on online alcohol programs attempting to reduce risky collegiate alcohol consumption. 

By Hank Nuwer

Hank Nuwer is the Indiana-based 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.

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