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


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

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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