Hazing News

Man convicted in Stephen Petz death seeks to have judgment set aside, according to mother of Petz

On June 1 the Mecosta County Prosecutors
 Office notified the parents of hazing victim Stephen Petz that a convicted former rogue fraternity member Robert Markhja of the Knights of College Leadership has filled a 
petition to get his judgment set aside on his criminal record.

Ruth Petz adamantly opposes the setting aside of the conviction. “We are 
trying to get as many people as possible to write in protest against having 
his judgment set aside,” James and Stephen Petz have written Hank Nuwer, a columnist for and this blog’s moderator.
Should you wish too express your view to the magistrate, you may write a letter to Mecosta County Building, attention Judge Scott Hill-Kennedy, 400 
Elm Street Big Rapids, Michigan 49307 before June 12th of 2006.

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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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