Hazing News

Phi Kappa Tau lists media inquiries spokesperson


From the national’s home page below:

Student death at Rider University

Oxford, Ohio

Phi Kappa Tau wishes to extend its deepest sympathies to the family of Gary DeVercelly who died this morning. We are deeply saddened by Gary’s passing, and our thoughts and prayers are with the family, his friends and the Delta Psi chapter at this time.

The second Rider University student hospitalized on Thursday morning has been released and is recovering.

Domain Director Scott Brown, Tennessee ’88, is working with the university and other Phi Kappa Tau officials in assisting student members.

We would like to thank the Rider University Administration and community for their support during this difficult time.

The campus will host a memorial service on Saturday, March 31. For specific details, please visit the Rider University website at

Additional information will be posted as it becomes available. Please address inquiries to Phi Kappa Tau Director of Communication Erin Zinsmeister at or 800-PKT-1906.

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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