Hazing News

The Buffalo State Hazing Collection is open for use by scholars young and veteran

In 2006 the wonderful Buffalo State Library team of Vice President Maryruth Glogowski and archivist Dan DiLandro
took on the workload of beginning the nation’s first archives and collection of scholarly books and articles on the
topic of hazing in Greek life, high schools, the military, international societies, medical intern training, and occupations
(firefighters, police, restaurant workers, industrial, etc.).  In time, I trust, it may be feasible to add materials on gang initiations
to the collection. In time, all my hazing files and research will be willed to this collection.

How can this help me, you ask?  If you are an undergraduate student doing a senior thesis or a graduate student or book
researcher (Higher Education, Popular Culture, Psychology, Sociology, Law Enforcement) doing research on hazing,
you will find a small but increasingly important Hazing Collection at Buffalo
State College Special Collections awaiting your inspection for no charge during regular Special Collections hours.  
In return, after you write your work, please make
one extra copy of your unpublished or published original
research and donate it to the Library.

2)  If you are one of the parents or interested citizens who have inquired about donating funds for hazing research,
consider sending your contribution to the Hazing Collection to purchase expensive research books and materials
such as doctoral dissertations. The first besides myself to donate was
Dan Bureau, Campuspeak’s Hazing Hero award winner for 2007, who donated his research and some from Campuspeak that had been
developed by the Association of Fraternity Advisers Hazing Taskforce. Thank you, Dan.  

In 2007 I
have made a pledge to earmark another $1,000 to the library collection. Please consider matching that donation to BSC’s Research Collection by designating your matching $1,000 donation to The Hazing Collection.  Or, if you cannot
afford that, consider donating the price of a new book related to hazing behavior, legal aspects of hazing, or
the psychology of adolescence. Education is the only way to reverse the increasingly violent hazing occurring in high schools
and in collegiate athetic teams.

The address for contributions of money or research materials is Maryruth Glogowski, Buffalo State Library Special
Collections, Butler Library, 1300 Elmwood Avenue, Buffalo, New York 14222.  

Thank you for your consideration. And special thanks to BSC’s Maryruth and Dan for making this long-overdue
effort happen. It is my hope that other educational institutions will devote library space to hazing research materials to
eradicate a problem that goes back centuries and has no place in supposed centers for civility and knowledge.

Hank Nuwer
2006 honorary doctorate holder from BSC
Waldron, Indiana

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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