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University of New Mexico coach named in report after an alcohol hazing

Link to the KRQE story Excerpt

The University’s internal investigation, obtained by KRQE News 13, says similar incidents with the women’s soccer team have gone on for years.

“This seems to have been an on-going ‘tradition’ that individuals take part in, as every student athlete who has been here for more than one year, stated they went through something similar,” the report says.

The report makes it clear that at least one coach either knew hazing had been going on for years, or should have known, saying there were “indications that assistant coach Krista Foo knew about this, as she went through it herself.”

Investigators add that they didn’t independently confirm those allegations, reported by the players.

The report says the hazing was a two and a half hour ordeal with drinking at two different house parties.

It says upperclassmen put signs with “inappropriate nicknames” on the players and wrote words on players bodies.

They were told to kiss the butts of the upperclassmen, and several did.

It gets worse from there, describing the team using frozen hot dogs to perform “inappropriate gestures.”


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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