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Review of Broken Pledges: The Deadly Rite of Hazing (EW or Entertainment Weekly)

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Excerpt: Broken Pledges: The Deadly rite of hazing Hank Nuwer (Longstreet Press, $18.95) In 1978, Chuck Stenzel, a healthy student pledging a fraternity at upstate New York’s Alfred University, obediently drank a pint of bourbon and three-quarters of a pint of Scotch while locked in the trunk of a car. Later, after following orders to chug even more alcohol and to fill a garbage can with vomit, Stenzel died. Hank Nuwer uses the Stenzel case-one that ultimately resulted in a tough New York State law on fraternity hazing-to investigate the persistence of such harassment not only at the university level, but in the world of professional societies and the military as well. The details are sufficiently horrifying to make good agitprop-just what Nuwer intends. B -Alanna Nash

By Hank Nuwer

Hank Nuwer is the Indiana-based author of 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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