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Article: Prosecutors Taking Tougher Stance in Fraternity Hazing Deaths

Before Reading

Read through this list of annual deaths in the United States because of hazing, compiled by the journalism professor and anti-hazing advocate Hank Nuwer. Pick out a few stories on the list, which starts in 1838 and goes through the present day.

What are some of the common stories? What stories stand out on the list, and why? What are your impressions after reading through the list and seeing the photos?

Questions for Comprehension and Analysis

1. What happened to a 19-year-old sophomore at Penn State University during a fraternity hazing? What did prosecutors do to 18 fellow students that demonstrates the harder line prosecutors have begun to take against death from initiation rituals?

2. What did David LaBahn, president of the Association of Prosecuting Attorneys, have to say about the case? What have universities and colleges done to take a tougher stance against hazing after reports of sexual assault and binge drinking?

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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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