Hazing News

Tragic death

A Univ of Oregon student died in his off-campus house Friday morning. Police and medical personnel responded to reports of an unresponsive 21-year-old male at a house on the 400 block of E. 13th Avenue. He was pronounced dead at 11:46 a.m.

Eugene Police did not immediately identify the victim Friday. The Emerald is waiting to identify the student so there is time for friends and family to be notified. He was a member of the Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity.

UO spokesman Tobin Klinger said that the university sent a message to the Fraternity and Sorority Life leadership informing them of the incident.

“The university has learned that a 21-year old fraternity member has died following a medical crisis at an off-campus residence Friday morning,” the message said. “We recognize that this is a difficult time for those in the fraternity and sorority communities, and the larger UO community.”

The message also encourages students to visit the counseling center if they are feeling distressed or call the UO crisis support line at 541-346-3227.

The Emerald will continue to report on this story as it develops.

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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