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

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. In April of 2024, the Alaska Press Club awarded him first place in the Best Columnist division and Best Humorist, second place.

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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