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BGSU Hockey player calls out program’s hazing culture in social media post

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Drake Harlett, Falcon Media

BGSU Hockey is on thin ice, as Austen Swankler, star forward of the team took to X, formerly known as Twitter, Friday to call out the culture within the program.

In a series of posts on X, Swankler says his entry into the transfer portal is due to cultural issues at BGSU and referred to himself as a victim, saying:

“If coming out about hazing is being a bad team, then I guess I’m a bad teammate.”

These allegations come days after three players were suspended and the head coach of team was placed on administrative leave, pending an investigation into a hazing incident.

University officials said Monday, upon receiving a report of an alleged hazing incident they reported the matter to law enforcement.

An investigation into the matter is ongoing by Bowling Green Police Department.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Blake Pierce, News Content Director

 News Content Director (2023-2024)

News Meetings: Mondays at 6 p.m. Office Hours: Tuesday 9:30-10:30 AM

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Blake Pierce is serving as the 2023 - 2024 News Content Director for BG Falcon Media. He is pursuing a Bachelor's of Science in Journalism with a specialization in Public Relations and a minor in Music Industry.

Involvement at BGSU

  • Public Relations Student Society of America
  • Society of Professional Journalists
  • Ambassador for the School of Media and Communication

Previous Work

Pierce has reported for BG Falcon Media and specifically written articles for the weekly BG News. Pierce's favorite article reported for BG Falcon Media was on the increase of Electric Vehicles in the Bowling Green community. The article can be found here.  He also completed a promotions internship with BG Falcon Radio, organizing events and campaigns to spread awareness of the organization on campus. Pierce currently works with WTVG-TV, beginning in the Summer of 2023 as a Digital Content Producer. Some of his work with the organization can be found here.
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