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Broken pledges : the deadly rite of hazing
Nuwer, Hank.
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Publication Information:
Atlanta, GA : Longstreet Press, [1990]

Physical Description:
340 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
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LJ31 .N88 1990 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks
LJ31 .N88 1990 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks

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Author Notes

Hank Nuwer, Hank Nuwer is best known for his writing on hazing as a social problem and lectures at colleges. He worked as a freelance journalist for NYT Sunday Magazine, Harper's, and Outside.

He has authored books on subjects that include hazing and steroids, but he has also written books in the children's category. Some of those titles include: "Wrongs of Passage: Fraternities, Sororities, Hazing, and Binge Drinking" (1999), "High School Hazing: When Rites Become Wrongs" (1999), and "The Legend of Jesse Owens" (1998).

(Bowker Author Biography)

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Booklist Review

As part of a "tapping night" fraternity initiation at New York's rural Alfred University, 21-year-old Chuck Stenzel was placed in the trunk of an automobile and given great quantities of alcohol to drink. Later in the evening of February 24, 1978, with his blood alcohol level at more than four times the legal limit, the popular college student died of acute alcohol intoxication inside the fraternity house, which one police officer described as "a damn pigpen." Understandably, Chuck's parents were devastated and particularly upset with the lack of concern demonstrated by university officials and fellow students. Like the founder of M.A.D.D. (Mothers Against Drunk Driving), Chuck's mother, Eileen Stevens, took this tragedy and turned it into a crusade. Through the organization that Stevens founded, New York State passed a stiff anti-hazing law. This compelling look at the efforts of Eileen Stevens and the circumstances surrounding her son's needless death threads together other disturbing accounts of hazings at colleges and high schools, in the armed forces, and on professional sports teams. Glossary; to be indexed. ~--Sue-Ellen Beauregard

Library Journal Review

In 1978, Chuck Stenzel decided to pledge Klan Alpine at Alfred University. On his first night as a pledge he died, a victim of a fraternity ritual gone awry. Nuwer's book uses this death as a starting point to study hazing and its part in organizations throughout America. Within the text and in a table at the end of the book, there is much information about the effects of hazing. Though sometimes graphic, this book is important because it offers proof that hazing is everywhere, not just in college fraternal organizations. The book belongs in public and academic libraries and on the shelves of leaders of groups where hazing may occur. (Photos not seen.)--Danna C. Bell, Marymount Univ. Lib., Arlington, Va. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.