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On February 22nd, what would have been Gordie's 32nd birthday, the Gordie Center released an updated version of our nationally recognized documentary film, HAZE. The documentary was first released in 2008, and tells the story of Gordie's hazing-related death as a framework for examining the larger issues of alcohol and hazing on college campuses. The 37-minute 2018 update includes new expert interviews and archival footage to provide a renewed emphasis on the national crisis of hazing. Since its debut 10 years ago, HAZE has been seen by over 1 million high school and college students nationwide.

2018 HAZE Film Trailer
2018 HAZE Film Trailer

The 2018 HAZE update includes a new interview with Dr. Walter Kimbrough, president of Dillard University and the leading expert witness on hazing cases in the United States. Also featured are hazing experts Dr. Susan Lipkins, author of Preventing Hazing: How Parents, Teachers and Coaches Can Stop the Violence, Harassment, and Humiliation; and Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute Dean of Students Travis Apgar.

To learn more about the updated version of HAZE, and find new support materials such as an easy-to-use facilitator guide, marketing tools, and facilitation aids, please visit our new HAZE page.  If you already own the previous version of HAZE and would like to purchase the 2018 version, please contact the Gordie Center to receive a substantial discount. 
Gordie Center Updates

On February 23rd and 24th, Leslie and Michael Lanahan attended a gathering of parents who have lost a child to hazing. The meeting was the first of its kind, bringing parents together as one voice to PUSH for change. The participants shared the stories of their children, gave each other support, and discussed ways to work together to stop hazing. Leslie gave an overview of the work of the Gordie Center, and the group viewed the new HAZE trailer. Also in attendance at the meeting were Gordie Center supporter Deborah Dunklin Tipton, along with the parents of 2017 hazing victims Tim Piazza, Max Gruver, and Andrew Coffey. The parents plan to meet again in October.
We are energized by these efforts to end hazing and alcohol overdose--together, we are making a difference and saving lives. Thank you for supporting us!

Until next month,

Susie Bruce, Director 
Jill Maurer, National Development & Program Coordinator   

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