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Hazing Prevention Week

November 8, 2013

The topic of hazing hit the papers once again as Miami Dolphins’ player Richie Incognito was suspended from the NFL team for allegations of hazing and bullying a fellow teammate. This suspension was a shock to some, but hazing has been an issue in clubs and organizations for decades. The Office of Student Involvement held their own Hazing Prevention Awareness week to combat these behaviors.

According to the Monmouth College Scots Guide, “hazing is any action taken or situation created intentionally, whether on or off premises, to produce mental or physical discomfort, embarrassment, harassment or ridicule.”

“[Hazing Prevention Awareness Week] is something that I’ve wanted to try for a while here,” said Billy Bernard, Assistant Director of Greek Life, Leadership and Involvement. “It’s important for all of our students to know that they play a role in preventing hazing…”

Hazing Prevention Awareness Week began with students signing a pledge to not haze in their respective organizations. On Wednesday night, the Office of Student Involvement held a Gordie Day presentation in Dahl Chapel where a video was shown featuring the story of Gordie Bailey who died from hazing practices. These activities were followed by “eye-opening decorations,” as Greek Life Intern, Brinton Vincent, called it.

This is the first time in recent memory that Monmouth College has facilitated its own Hazing Prevention Awareness Week.

“We wanted to start off slow and introduce [this] to the institution,” Bernard said. “We thought of different ways to just get the message out on the dangers of hazing and stories that have happened and how it’s not just in Greek life.”

Though this year’s event was small, Vincent thinks students responded well to it. “I saw a lot of signatures on the banner on Monday, and I saw more non-Greeks than I expected, which was a really great turnout, in my opinion,” Vincent said.

Mackenzie Mahler
News Editor

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