Hazing News

Was 2006 really a hazing death-free year? Texas will tell more about the SAE alleged randy behavior before the Tyler Cross tragedy.

Apparently we will soon learn whether the long investigation by Texas-Austin University officials into the 2006 death of Tyler Cross of SAE fraternity was hazing related, according to a Texas radio station. The investigation by law enforcement officials is also close to being made public: Moderator

U.T. fraternity will soon learn whether it must face school and/or criminal penalties

A University of Texas fraternity finds itself on the horns of a dilemma: Facing disciplinary action on campus and facing criminal action downtown.

The Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity has been under close scrutiny after one of their pledges, Tyler Cross, fell to his death last November. The coroner says the 18-year-old was drunk at the time. While the Travis County Attorney conducts an investigation into hazing by the frat, U-T’s Don Hale says they have concluded their inquiry.

The County Attorney is looking at Internet files purportedly showing SAE members giving pledges booze and physically abusing them hours before Cross fell off his fifth-floor balcony.

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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