Hazing News

Volleyball update: Geneseo alcohol incident

Excerpt WIVB


SUNY Geneseo has suspended the women’s volleyball program after police alerted campus officials to an underage drinking party that took place Saturday night. An 18-year-old woman was taken to NOYES Memorial Hospital Sunday morning at 8 a.m. for alcohol poisoning.

Authorities determined that at a home on Court Street, eight victims were blindfolded, handcuffed, and ordered to drink alcoholic beverages. All of the victims are freshmen and members of the women’s volleyball team.

Eleven women have been arrested, charged with first degree hazing and first degree unlawfully dealing with a child, and three are from western New York.

Alysia Negron of Buffalo, Alexandra Wende of Williamsville, and Julia Ganglof of Lancaster were all arrested on Friday. All three are 20-years-old.

Also arrested:

  • Laura Galvin, 21, of Baldwinsville
  • Noelle Morrison, 20, of Stoneybrook
  • Sarah Dewey, 19, Cooperstown
  • Carissa Gagliardi, 19, of Wantagh
  • Megan Johnson, 19, of Moriches
  • Laura Rahab, 21, of East Northport
  • Courtney Long, 20, of Rochester
  • Megan Reed, 21, of Horseheads

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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