Hazing News

The death of Arman Partamian

NYC student who died had been drinking for hours

Newsday Staff Writer
A 19-year-old college student found dead in an off-campus house in western New York drank a large amount of alcohol in the hours before he died, state police said Monday.

Arman Partamian was among 20 to 30 people who attended a party Saturday near the State University of New York at Geneseo, where he was studying biology.

Partamian, a sophomore from Queens, began drinking Saturday afternoon, was helped to bed late that night and was found dead the next morning by another student, said Trooper Mark O’Donnell, a state police spokesman.

“We believe that he started drinking about 1 o’clock Saturday afternoon, drank for a very long, extended time, took a break for a few hours and then started back up,” O’Donnell said. “A few friends helped him to bed … close to midnight … and he was found around 11 a.m. on Sunday unresponsive.” It could take up to two months to complete toxicology tests and determine the cause of death, O’Donnell said, adding that investigators have interviewed several people who attended the party.

Partamian lived in a residence hall on campus. He was a member of Geneseo’s volunteer fire department.

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. 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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