Hazing expert weighs in on FAMU tragedy
By Nickelle Smith – WUFT-FM
As the author of four books on hazing, Hank Nuwer has has gained a national reputation on the subject. Nuwer is also an Associate Professor at Franklin College in Indiana. Florida’s 89.1, WUFT-FM’s Nickelle Smith spoke with Nuwer about FAMU’s hazing controversy and why he thinks this case has captured the nation’s attention.
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