Rally On Thursday Against Hazing

The event is in response to a hazing incident being investigated by the state attorney’s office.

 

By Barbara Melendez

USF.edu News Writer

 

TAMPA, Fla. (Sept. 1, 2010) – University of South Florida students have spontaneously organized a “Stop Hazing Rally” for Thursday, Sept. 2 beginning at 12:45 p.m. in the Marshall Student Center Plaza in Tampa. 

 

“I couldn’t be more pleased to have students taking a stand against hazing in our fraternity/sorority and university community,” said Patrick Romero-Aldaz, director of the university’s Fraternity & Sorority Life office. “Fraternal values do not embrace the practice of hazing and it’s important that students are willing to act to make sure that this deplorable activity is not welcomed in our chapters at USF.”

 

The USF Greek community from all councils, the United Greek Council (UGC), the National Pan-Hellenic Council (NPHC), the Pan-Hellenic Association (PAN) and the Interfraternity Council (IFC), has joined forces to send a unified message stating, “…USF Bulls do not support, or condone hazing in any form.”  Members of USF’s fraternities and sororities will be holding posters to make their position against hazing clear and will distribute their national organizations’ and USF’s anti-hazing policies.

 

The rally is being held in response to a recent off-campus hazing incident involving the USF chapter of Omega Psi Phi that is now being investigated by the state attorney’s office. After learning of the incident, USF suspended Omega Psi Phi, which does not have a house on campus.

 

According to a statement from Nicole Garcia, a USF Student Government senator from the College of Arts and Sciences, “Greek organizations are on this campus to promote empowerment, leadership, values and lifelong friendships and we continue to serve the community as prominent leaders through the philanthropies, scholarship, and principles our national organizations have set forth.”

 

Garcia, who is also a member of Delta Tau Lambda Sorority, Inc.’s Epsilon Chapter, added, “This is not being sponsored by any specific entity; rather it is a student led effort to have our voices heard.” You can read Garcia's statement here.

 

Barbara Melendez can be reached at 813-974-4563.