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Winston-Salem football film by Jonathan Wedlock subject of Chronicle of Higher Ed scrutiny

Orlando, Fla.

Chronicle post: Chico Caldwell, athletics director at Winston-Salem State University, delivered a cautionary tale about a football player who wants to become a Hollywood filmmaker.

In mid-May, after graduating from the North Carolina institution, Jonathan Wedlock, a.k.a. DrLock1007, a star running back for his college team, the Rams, posted a video on YouTube ….” The five-minute clip, identified as a film about Winston-Salem State football, showed a fistfight between two ex-athletes, up-close shots of scantily clad women dancing, a depiction of players mixing grain alcohol, a picture of an athlete defacing another university’s property, and enough foul language to make a rapper blush.

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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