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Panhellenic Council to Participate in National Hazing Prevention Week

Today marks the beginning of National Hazing Prevention week, and Penn State is taking part. Penn State Panhellenic council is bringing the cause to campus, with four days of events to raise awareness for the Hazing Prevention Organization.

The Hazing Prevention Organization was originally established in 2007. Its mission is to empower people to prevent hazing, which it wants to accomplish through initiatives like National Hazing Prevention Week.

Recently, the Altoona fraternity Phi Sigma Kappa got handed a six-year suspension for a hazing scheme that may be linked with student Marquise Braham’s suicide. But hazing isn’t limited to the Greek community.

“The issue of hazing is not specific to any one organization. It has been known to expand across a variety of groups in campuses all over the nation,” said Panhellenic Vice President for Programming Priscilla Marsala. “It is important to bring awareness to this matter and try to empower members to rise above these so-called traditions.”

Here is a schedule of the events Panhellenic Council has planned for this week:

Monday 9/29: The Panhellenic Council will have a HUB table from 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. and will be handing out stickers to both Greek and non-Greek students.

Tuesday 9/30: The Vice President for Programming, Priscilla Marsala, and Vice President for Membership Development, Katie Del Guercio, will host a roundtable event for all Panhellenic New Member Educators to discuss constructive ways to handle situations with new member classes.

Wednesday 10/1: The Panhellenic Council will have a HUB table from 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. and will be handing out stickers to both Greek and non-Greek students.

Thursday 10/2: There will be a social media campaign focused around hazing prevention on Penn State Panhellenic’s Facebook, Twitter and Instagram platforms.

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