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NSU to participate in National Hazing Prevention Week

Erin Toney
Editorial Board

Many may believe hazing is only visible in sororities and fraternities; however, that is not
the case. Hazing has been visible in the military, college honor societies, athletics and in
many student organizations.
National Hazing Prevention Week (NHPW) is an opportunity for campuses, schools,
organizations and communities to raise awareness about hazing and to begin the
conversation about how to prevent it.
NHPW is a great week to promote awareness about hazing, said Helen Lahrman,
coordinator of Greek life. It gives students a chance to ask questions and a chance to
make a change.
There are multiple events scheduled for students to learn about hazing prevention. On
Sept. 22, there will be a brown bag lunch with a series of speakers. Dr. Boren, Captain

Bell, Chris Adney, Amber Fite-Morgan and Tony Duckworth. They will each talk about
how to stand up against hazing, defining what hazing is and what it is not.
NSU athletics does not condone hazing or any form of hazing, said Tony Duckworth,
Director of Athletics. There have been several national stories related to intercollegiate
athletics programs over the past couple of months that I will use as examples.
On Tuesday, Sept. 23, a social media challenge will be available to students using Twitter
and Instagram. The challenge is for students to show how they stand up against hazing.
#NSUNHPW is the hash tag available for students to use when they tweet or post a
picture or video on Instagram.
Everyday a Greek chair member will read a fact about hazing which many may not know.
I will be talking about hazing and personal liability for organization members, said
Amber Fite-Morgan, assistant to the president and general counselor. I feel it is very
important to understand how actions impact the individuals being hazed, those
conducting the activities and the organizations they belong to.
From 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 24, there will be a table set up outside
the UC. Anyone who signs the pledge against hazing gets to put their hands on the sign,
which will be displayed in the UC. The theme of the sign is These Hands dont Haze.
Friday, Sept. 26, is the end of the social media challenge and the winner will be chosen.
For more information, email lahrman@nsuok.edu.
Published 9/22/14

Cutline: Marilla Hayman, Collinsville sophomore, and Jonathon Ozturk, Park Hill
sophomore, sort out assorted pins given students who participate in National Hazing
Prevention Week.