With the Tennessee/Pi Kappa Alpha “butt-chugging” getting all kinds of attention nationally, it is time for the weekly roundup of other stories that might be of interest.
Virginia State/Phi Beta Sigma – The Richmond Times-Dispatch reports that a former Virginia State student has filed a lawsuit against Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Inc., the local chapter at Virginia State, and five individuals for injuries from hazing in 2009. [The plaintiff] “states in the lawsuit that he was beaten, demeaned, humiliated and suffered severe emotional stress, including post-traumatic stress disorder, for which he required extensive medical treatment. He lost nearly 50 pounds, was forced to leave the university and suffered flashbacks to the hazing acts, the complaint says.”
Florida State/Sigma Nu – Tallahassee.com is reporting that the Sigma Nu Chapter at Florida State has had its charter suspended by the national organization. A press release from Sigma Nu indicates that “the suspension was related to an unauthorized party and misuse of alcohol.” FSU Police are also investigating a reported rape at the fraternity.
Alabama/Pike & Theta Chi, Sigma Chi, Pledging Break – It has been a busy week in the Dean of Students office at the University Alabama. All of the links in this section come from The Crimson White, Alabama’s student newspaper.
- A former Sigma Chi pledge has filed a lawsuit against Sigma Chi, the local chapter, and various members for claiming he was physically attacked by a member (and Alabama football player) at a pledge event in 2010. “A source inside the Sigma Chi house said [football player]’s affiliation with the fraternity was terminated after the incident.”
- A “prank war” between the Pi Kappa Alpha and Theta Chi chapters at Alabama has resulted in both chapters having social privileges suspended, and losing their block seating for this Saturday’s football game against Ole Miss.
- The University of Alabama has suspended all fraternity pledge activities for the week of October 1st to 8th. The article indicates that there have been some investigations into hazing allegations this fall, but does not provide a reason for the break. Just prior to the announcement of the pledging break, the Office of Greek Life called a last minute “mandatory” meeting for IFC Presidents on Wednesday. According to the article the meeting was not connected to the other events noted above, but just “to go over some announcements.” Huh?
North Carolina Central/Drum line – Reuters has a story (linked through the Chicago Tribune) indicating that North Carolina Central University has imposed sanctions on 36 members of their band’s drum line for hazing. The students “must attend a hazing prevention workshop and perform 10 hours of community service.” The suspension of the drum line from band activities has been lifted.
Iowa/Sigma Alpha Epsilon Update – The Des Moines Register has some additional details on the closing of the SAE chapter at Iowa. The story indicates that police are investigation an alleged sexual assault at the chapter house from earlier this month. It is uncertain if the alleged sexual assault played a role in the closing, but the story implies that there was a long track record of concerns with the chapter.
Wilfred Laurier/Baseball Update – CTV-Toronto reports that administrators at Wilfred Laurier University (Waterloo, Ontario) are allowing the Baseball team to continue their season following the cancellation of four games during a hazing investigation. The story does not provide any details on the alleged incident. The quotes provided by University officials are pretty much non-specific fluff (my opinion).
Lafayette/Chi Phi Update – Lehighvalleylive.com is reporting that the Chi Phi Rho Chapter is asking the judge in their recent case against Lafayette College to reconsider his decision. You can click here to download the full Motion for Post-Trial Relief. It basically claims that the judge erred in all of his findings. The two questions worth exploring are in item #34 regarding carry costs of the facility, and access to the facility by the alumni for inspection and special events.
Texas Southern/Band – The AP (via The Sacramento Bee) is reporting that Texas Southern University has suspended its marching band pending hazing allegations. They did not play at last night’s football game.
Vanderbilt/Women’s Tennis – Tennis.com has a story indicating that the Vanderbilt women’s Tennis team has been sanctions for hazing. No details are provided, although it indicates that the team missed a tournament as part of the sanction.