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

Hank Nuwer is the Indiana-based author of Hazing: Destroying Young Lives; 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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