It has been a busy week, with several new incidents and updates. If you are not already familiar with the situation at Chico State, read this post, this situation will be around for a while. Now for the miscellany…
SUNY-Albany – The Times Union has a report on several people being arrested for hazing in connection with an incident involving a group calling itself Sigma Alpha Mu. Most of the people involved were students at SUNY-Albany. As indicated in the reports, this group is not recognized by the University, and earlier today, the National office of Sigma Alpha Mu fraternity issued a release explaining that they have not recognized a chapter at Albany since 2004, and that these men have never been members of that fraternity. All Over Albany reports that the incident involved water, wooden paddles, and rubber hoses. They also provide a link to a 2009 story from the Albany Student Press on underground fraternities. Today’s Times Union included a staff editorial on the situation.
Nevada-Reno – The Nevada Sagebrush has a report on an investigative suspension of the Pi Beta Phi chapter at Nevada-Reno following calls to a national hazing hotline. KRNV also has a report that indicates that the University has not begun an investigation, and that the sorority’s headquarters is leading the review.
Central Florida – KnightNews.com has posted an editorial titled, “UCF Greek Life Witch Hunt Has Gone Too Far.” This is in response to the reports of hazing by the Alpha Tau Omega chapter earlier in the week. Update – On Friday, the Knight News posted an interview with David Stollman, the anti-hazing speaker who filed the report alleging hazing at ATO.
South Florida – The Oracle is reporting that Sigma Alpha Epsilon has lost its appeal of a suspension from last month. It quotes a University spokesperson as saying that the charges stem from “the alleged use of exercise-type activities and verbal degradation of potential members as a means of testing knowledge about the chapter members, organization information, etc.” The story also indicates that investigations are currently underway for three other fraternities and one sorority for potential violations of University policy.
Jacksonville State– The Anniston Star has a report on the arraignment of six former students on hazing charges stemming from an incident last year. All are being charged with criminal hazing, with some having additional charges filed. The local District Attorney clarified “that the hazing statute covers both acts of commission and omission, meaning that suspects who witnessed hazing but didn’t report it can be charged.” A described, the incident was brutal, and ended up putting one young man in the hospital for 24 days.
Eastern Kentucky/Rugby – The Richmond Register reports that Eastern Kentucky University has suspended its club Rugby team for two years for hazing. New club members are paddled with a board nicknamed “Betsy.” “The freshman whose initiation led to the investigation “was drunk at the time” of his paddling “‘and says it wasn’t a big deal because everyone does it to be part of the group.'” (Lexington Herald-Leader)
SUNY-Geneseo/Volleyball – The Rochester Democrat and Chronicle reports that eight former members of the SUNY-Geneseo Women’s Volleyball team have pled guilty to “hazing and unlawfully dealing with a child for serving alcohol to minors” in a plea deal. They were charged following a September initiation of new members that involved blindfolds, handcuffs and forced drinking. One new team member was hospitalized. Charges are still pending for three others, although they are expected to be offered the same deal.
Michigan Law/Phi Delta Phi – (From abovethelaw.com) In either a really poor joke, or a weak attempt to cover their tracks, a member of the Phi Delta Phi Law Fraternity at Michigan is claiming that an e-mail sent to potential members before their initiation was a joke. The potential initiates were sent a list of how to prepare for the initiation evening, that included instruction to be waiting with a bag over their head and without shoes, and to let them know if they cannot swim. Oddly, this law fraternity has a very traditional-style fraternity house (apparently the only law fraternity in the country with a chapter house.)