Hazing News

Second loss for WVU Kappa Sigma (Gamma Phi chapter) since 2013

Less than  one year ago, the Gamma Phi Chapter of  WVU Kappa Sigma mourned the death of founding father Steven Telo. He was one of the young men who helped this chapter get back on campus 2007-2008. The chapter wrote in  its tribute: “He played a pivotal role in instilling these values into young pledges and turning them into the gentlemen they aspired to become. Telo had the most contagious laugh and smile, and is truly loved and missed by all of us. He is forever in our honor and memories.  We find comfort knowing he is now truly in the Light of God.”

However, news accounts report the arrest of a Steven Telo in 2011 and charged with possession of a controlled substance with intent to sell.


Telo’s Twitter account is here.

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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