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GUEST ROOM | Hazing and Its Prevention: Shut It Down

Hazing can be deadly. On Nov. 2, the Piazza, Gruver and Braham families shared the tragic stories of their sons’ deaths due to fraternity hazing with a full house of students in Bailey Hall. Their presentation “Love, Mom and Dad” was the keynote at the A.D. White Annual Summit for Sorority and Fraternity Life. The stories shared and their grief were an emotional gut punch, reminding me of the tragic death of George Desdunes in 2011 and Cornell’s slow progress rooting out hazing.

Alpha Gamma Rho is a social and professional fraternity with a focus on agriculture.

University Places Alpha Gamma Rho Fraternity on Probation Over Hazing

In one instance, new members — who were made to spend the night at the house — were woken up at 5 a.m and made to listen to the same song for four hours. They were required to play “air instruments” and make “repeated hand gestures” to the song, according to the report, which classified these behaviors as hazing.

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DERY | Party Pooping Our Throw Down Culture

The weary Friday sun sets on Libe Slope, and Cornell’s alter ego emerges as the night falls. Slews of students trade in their books for beer, marking the paradigm shift from the intellectual atmosphere of day to the Collegetown mosh pits of night. The pregame, party, hangover cycle starts anew as the academic weekday Jekyll morphs into the partying weekend Hyde. Our campus is many things — from an intellectual community to a research powerhouse (or whatever else the admissions brochures say) — but come nightfall, we must accept our nocturnal reality as a party school. A turn-on for some, a red flag for others, the label exists.

The investigation by OFSL found that in the spring of 2018, according to the report, the fraternity had engaged in “significant hazing behaviors.”

Cornell Withdraws Sigma Phi Epsilon Fraternity’s Recognition After Hazing Investigation

The University has withdrawn its recognition of the Sigma Phi Epsilon fraternity following an investigation that revealed the fraternity engaged in various hazing activities during the spring 2018 semester. Activities were both physical and non-physical, including a presentation on health and nutrition that featured “demeaning images of women,” according to the report.