Hazing News

Sigma Chi members Mikey Salem, 21, Chuck Kalb, 19, Alex Lavene, 21, and Tyler Linabury, 21, at Florida State disciplined for guzzling, physical hazing, pledge verbal abuse

Kudos to the person reporting this incident

From the Tallahassee Democrat: According to the arrest report, on Tuesday nights, Sigma Chi pledges were lined up and told to hold the person’s shoulder in front of them. Sometimes the line was made to run, making it difficult to hold on and blindfolds were sometimes used. When a pledge would let go of a shoulder, Sigma Chi members would yell at them. Pledges would also be quizzed about the organization, and if a pledge got an answer wrong, the brothers would yell and curse at them. One pledge became so upset during one of these sessions that he left and dropped out of the pledge process, according to court documents….Pledges were also pressured to drink alcohol, according to police, particularly on “Big Brother Night,” when many pledges were given bottles of liquor and sent out to separate parties that included strippers. Many of the pledges had bottles of liquor taped to their hands and were encouraged to finish the bottle. Others were encouraged to race to get the alcohol down, according to court documents. A handful vomited as a result while others urinated on themselves, the police report said….

That investigation led to the arrests of Michael (Mikey) Salem, 21, Charles (Chuck) Kalb, 19, Alex Lavene, 21, and Tyler Linabury, 21.



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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