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Norway’s version of medical hazing (“fadderuke”): Drunken rat licking

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New medical students at the University of Oslo have been prodded into stripping, licking rats and other forms of hazing after drinking themselves silly. Faculty officials and doctors say they’re disgusted.The incidents allegedly took place during an orientation week known as “fadderuke,” when older students act as guides for those entering their first year.

Norwegian Broadcasting (NRK) reported Monday that the new students were urged to drink alcohol, and then give the older students lots of “extra attention.”

Simulated intercourse
“We were encouraged to be as intimate as possible with older students of the opposite sex,” one student told NRK. Like the others who spoke to NRK, he refused to be identified for fear of reprisal.

The students were prodded into removing most if not all of their clothes, forming body towers and simulating sexual intercourse. Others ran in circles around barrels of beer to make themselves dizzy, while some were asked to drink soya sauce, all to earn “extra points.”

The organizer of the event, at which 70 of the 108 new students took part, claimed other faculties had “much worse” hazing rituals but that she was sorry if anyone felt forced to strip.

The secretary general of the Norwegian medical association (Den norske lægeforening) called the hazing rituals “reprehensible.”

“This has nothing to do with helping students,” said Terje Vigen of the doctors’ group, saying the students should instead be concentrating on ethics and respect for one another.

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--http://realalaskadaily.com and in his weekly column "Far from Randolph" in the Winchester Star-Gazette of Randolph County, Indiana.

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