Dean Harwood

When a Hazing Goes Very Wrong

A lengthy article from the New York Times on the death of George Desdunes at Cornell in February 2011. He died of alcohol poisoning after a pledge sneak kidnapping.

Reported sexual assault at Notre Dame campus leaves more questions than answers

Another campus facing serious questions about their campus culture. In light of the evolving situations at Florida A & M and Penn State, and the newer allegations at Dartmouth, this is another piece in what will likely be a sea change in higher education. Hopefully it will take us to a new era of accountability in dealing with criminal activity on campus.

Hazing Confessions of a Dartmouth Alum

More from Dartmouth. My prediction is that someone this week is going to compare Dartmouth to the Titanic. It seems like they have hit the iceberg, and lots of people at Dartmouth still think they are unsinkable.

Through the Haze

A unique look at the role of hazing in creating meaning from student organizations at Penn.

New FAMU Anti-Hazing Initiatives

It will require mandatory reporting by anyone affiliated with the University, and addresses retaliation. It will be interesting to see the follow-up explaining how they will educate the community, and who will be in charge with addressing these reports. I wouldn’t be surprised to see the establishment of an Office of Anti-Hazing at FAMU set up by August. In order to work, it will need to be completely independent of the University. Anyone want that job?

Hazing at Dartmouth (Rolling Stone)

The long awaited Rolling Stone article based on Andrew Lohse’s hazing allegations at Dartmouth has been posted. It paints a picture of Greek Life at Dartmouth that has nothing to do with our values and beliefs. It is incredibly damning as to the culture at Dartmouth, and in the fraternity/sorority community.

While Rolling Stone has a distinct political bent to its writing, it has very well-established journalistic credentials. I am certain that the information in the article is well-sourced (and the reason it took so long to get published was due to serious fact-checking). This is a must read. (Don’t read it while you are eating.)

Rush Ban at Princeton?

What have the fraternities and sororities at Princeton done to warrant such draconian action? How can it be that the simple act of expressing interest in joining a fraternity or sorority (that is not recognized by the University), by a freshman, can lead to suspension? Either something is seriously amiss in how our chapters have been operating on the Princeton campus, or Princeton has some unique thoughts on personal freedom (or a complete lack of faith in the abilities of their own students to define their college experience).