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By Kate Sine
Everyone wants to be accepted. They want to make friends; they want to be part of a family unit outside their home. So, people join clubs, sports teams and Greek life. But even though there is acceptance found in these communities, there is also danger. This danger is called hazing. Where members of these groups lash out dares and threaten to shut pledges doors into the groups if they do not accept the feats, hazing is unacceptable. Bruises, black eyes, lawsuits and numerous other things branch from hazing. Instead of being welcomed into a group with open arms, these groups welcome new members with no mercy.
Nicole Amos, a sophomore at Frostburg State University is starting off her first year strong as Greek Council Standards chairman. She was given the task to plan the program, ‘These Hands Don’t Haze,’ an annual event that spreads awareness of hazing within one sole week of September and is sponsored by the Greek Council as well. The program, held in the Lane University Center, begins September 21st and concludes on the 25th. This event will teach others how to be aware of hazing, in order to avoid being harmed by it.
“The biggest thing that I want out of this event is unifying the Greek community even more than we already are. I think that’s the main goal of the Greek Council this year — just showing that we all are against the same thing, [hazing],” Amos says.
Nicole Amos is a very determined member of the Greek community. She is not only a member of the council, but also a diligent sister of the campus sorority, Alpha Sigma Alpha, or ASA for short. Her sorority is a network of young women who are of poise and purpose and proudly demonstrate that by serving their community. That is how Amos is giving back specifically, by warning others of hazing dangers that lurk around the corners of all colleges.
“There’s hazing everywhere, it’s not just in Greek life,” warns Amos, “It’s in sports and other clubs in college life.” This demolishes the idea that hazing is just within the Greek alphabet that is embroidered on shirts. While some may feel hazing is a part of college culture, it is just not acceptable today.
With the help of this event, others will learn how to recognize hazing and how to counteract it. Anti-hazing is what national Greek organizations have sworn to uphold, to protect others and live by their creeds. They bleed the Greek alphabet and they strive to uphold the standards of the National Panhellenic Council, InterFraternity Council and the National Pan-Hellenic Council.
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For further information on this release, contact:
Student and Community Involvement
Frostburg State University
101 Braddock Road
Frostburg, MD 21532-2303
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