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Tufts Delta Tau Delta hazing initiation ends in close call



MEDFORD, Mass. (AP) – Tufts University has closed a fraternity for one year following a hazing incident in which an intoxicated student lost consciousness and stopped breathing, a school spokeswoman said Tuesday.

The Tufts chapter of Delta Tau Delta already was on probation for alcohol-related violations when the unidentified student was hospitalized Feb. 26 for excessive drinking, according to Tufts spokeswoman Kim Thurler.

Fraternity members called the campus police after the student lost consciousness and stopped breathing. He was revived and has since made a full recovery, according to Thurler.

The student’s excessive drinking was “something the fraternity was encouraging” as part of an apparent hazing ritual, Thurler said.

“It was associated with a pledge event,” she added. “We regard that kind of activity to be a serious hazing incident.”

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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