Hazing News

The arguments for and against Greek Life. All agree: hazing has to go.

Here is the link to Penn Life and an excerpt

The author is John Luciew.

College students are still dying from hazing, just as they have since 1873.

This year, at least two potential college hazing deaths remain under investigation, continuing an uninterrupted string of at least one hazing death every year in America since 1961. [Update: Since the article appeared, the grim unbroken string is now 1959-2019.)

Still, something is different.

A professor who’s been chronicling fraternity hazing deaths for the 40 years, often with little or no reaction to his grim statistics, senses the change.

A wave of hazing deaths at high-profile universities last year, led by Timothy Piazza’s death at Penn State, has generated a public backlash that’s resulting in tougher hazing laws at the state level, stricter rules and real reform by national fraternity councils and the biggest existential threat to Greek life on campus perhaps ever.

“The big, big change is the activism from parents,” said Hank Nuwer, a professor at Franklin College in Indiana who has been a self-appointed scorekeeper of hazing’s deadly toll since a student died due to the practice when Nuwer was a grad student at the University of Nevada-Reno in the mid-1970s.

Four decades, five books on the subject, and scores of a deaths later, Nuwer has chronicled the first college hazing death….


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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