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Commentary: Hazing, the weed in the Garden of Eden that suffocates us all

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Commentary: Hazing, the weed in the Garden of Eden that suffocates us all

By Hank Nuwer TheStatehouseFile.com   While colleges across the country are finding creative ways to celebrate National Hazing Prevention Week Sept. 18-22, I’ve managed considerable progress on my goal to create a database of every hazing incident reported in the media from colonial days to the present.   The present database has come a long way from […]

Commentary: Penn State’s Tim Bream: Betrayed by the brotherhood

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Commentary: Penn State’s Tim Bream: Betrayed by the brotherhood

By Hank Nuwer TheStatehouseFile.com   You may recall that Penn State’s Beta Theta Pi adviser Tim Bream was serving as a volunteer live-in adviser and was asleep in his room when pledge Timothy Piazza perished after enduring gross alcohol hazing. As an intoxicated Piazza lay dying, Betas callously refrained from phoning 911.  I carefully have considered […]

Commentary: Paterno, Sandusky, now Tim Bream: PSU’s tarnished Lions

Commentary: Paterno, Sandusky, now Tim Bream: PSU’s tarnished Lions

By Hank Nuwer TheStatehouseFile.com  Don’t expect Penn State Athletics that tolerated a Jerry Sandusky to comment on Tim Bream’s actions. PSU’s sports administration should do the right thing, but I have no illusions that current AD Sandy Barbour  will do so. http://www.gopsusports.com/genrel/bream_tim00.html  Under Barbour at her former AD position at Cal-Berkeley, an NCAA survey “listed the football […]

Commentary: Must the USA endure 50 years of hazing deaths?

Commentary: Must the USA endure 50 years of hazing deaths?

By Hank Nuwer TheStatehouseFile.com In the 40 years since publishing my first research on hazing in collegiate groups, I’ve often been reminded of the adage that every good thing is accompanied by trouble. On the one hand, fraternities, bands and team sports provide a welcoming atmosphere for students who value the support and mentorship of […]

Commentary: Parent alert: Check out your kids’ camp for hazing masked as pranks

Commentary: Parent alert: Check out your kids’ camp for hazing masked as pranks

By Hank Nuwer TheStatehouseFile.com Having written numerous books on hazing, it’s no uncommon event for me to open my personal or Franklin College email to find a frantic parent reporting ongoing hazing in a fraternity or sports team. But every summer is a bit different. Every summer a frantic parent will report a hazing incident […]

Commentary: A quiet protest to raise hazing death awareness

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Commentary: A quiet protest to raise hazing death awareness

By Hank Nuwer TheStatehouseFile.com In 2019, unless college students wake up and police their own kind, the United States will experience a nonstop half-century of hazing deaths. That’s right. One death a year for 50 years, and in some years multiple deaths, just so teams and Greeks can have a little cheap entertainment at the […]