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Tim Bream on this Wednesday. Will he talk to court?

Will trainer/adviser testify during resumed Piazza hearing?


BELLEFONTE, Pa. — The head football trainer at Pennsylvania State University could take the witness stand Wednesday morning as the preliminary hearing resumes for Pennsylvania State University fraternity members charged when a sophomore pledge died after a night of alleged hazing.

The trainer, Tim Bream, wasn’t charged in the death of Tim Piazza but was a live-in adviser to the fraternity, Beta Theta Pi. Questions about his presence at the now-closed house before Piazza’s death in February have continued to swirl, and attorneys for some of the defendants have pushed to have him testify.

A hearing to compel the testimony of Bream, 56, a 1983 Penn State graduate and a Beta Theta Pi alumnus, is scheduled to begin at 8:30 a.m. before Judge Allen Sinclair. The Bream testimony could be the last evidence presented at a hearing that began in June and has been extended three times. Sinclair has set aside Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday for the matter and could rule if the defendants should go to trial.

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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