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Sad historical note: The year a president witnessed a hazing death

President Henry Pritchett, MIT

President Pritchett, fairly new to his office at MIT, attended a cane rush, which he later said was even more dangerous than football, the sport that had then claimed many victims due to a play called the flying wedge. Hugh C. Clarke died and another participant was seriously injured in the deadly class fight. –Hank Nuwer, Hazing: Destroying Young Lives author

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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