Hazing News

Thursday: Lawmakers, Victims, Stakeholders Call for Passage of Anti-Campus Hazing Bill

July 10, 2017
CONTACT: John Elizandro
(202) 225-2011
Former Sen. Richard Lugar, Penn State University Provost to appear at Capitol Hill press conference urging passage of REACH Act
WASHINGTON – Congressman Patrick Meehan (R-Pa.) and Congresswoman Marcia Fudge (D-Oh.) will host a press conference on Thursday morning urging passage of legislation they’ve introduced that addresses hazing on college campuses. The lawmakers will be joined on Capitol Hill by former Senator Richard Lugar (R-Ind.), Penn State University Provost Nick Jones, the family of a victim of a fatal hazing incident and other stakeholders.
Last month, Meehan and Fudge introduced the Report and Educate About Campus Hazing (REACH) Act, H.R. 2926. The legislation takes on the challenge of hazing on college campuses by requiring incidents of hazing to be reported as part of a college’s annual crime report.
WHAT: Press Conference Urging Passage of the REACH Act
WHO: Congressman Patrick Meehan
Congresswoman Marcia Fudge
Former Senator Richard Lugar
Penn State University Provost Nick Jones
Gary and Julie DeVercelly, whose son Gary Jr. died in a 2007 hazing incident
Representatives of campus safety stakeholders and national Pan-Hellenic organizations
WHEN: Thursday, July 13th, 2017
Event begins at 9:30 a.m.
WHERE: House Triangle Location
East Plaza of the United States Capitol
(directions available upon request)
Members of the media interested in attending can RSVP to John Elizandro at (202) 225-2011 or

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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