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University of New Hampshire cuts Pi Kappa Alpha

Moderator:  The University of New Hampshire ceased recognition of its troubled Pi Kappa Alpha chapter for hazing and miscellaneous run-ins with police.  Here is a link to the story.

And an excerpt:

According to Erika Mantz, director of UNH Media Relations, the Gamma Mu chapter of Pike exhausted its right to appeal and was notified of the decision by UNH on April 8.

Mantz stated that the fraternity has “demonstrated a pattern of violating university policies and had numerous troublesome interactions with the UNH and Durham police departments.”

“Members of the University’s Greek system are expected to adhere to the university’s rights, rules, and responsibilities as well as specific Greek policies around social events and hazing,” Mantz said. “A variety of policy violations have been addressed through the office of student life and the university conduct system over a period of several years.”

In addition, Mantz noted that members of the fraternity have been given multiple opportunities to work with university officials to address member behavior.

Pike’s national headquarters has also suspended the chapter.

Moderator: Ironically, the chapter’s last Facebook posting included an antihazing message.


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. 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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