CSU, Chico News

Student Wins National Award for Hazing Awareness Week

Date: 03-10-2010

Kathleen McPartland
Public Affairs
Brittany Hopkins
Public Affairs Intern

Steven Loya, vice president of conduct for the InterFraternity Council (IFC) and member of Kappa Sigma fraternity, was awarded the Hank Nuwer Anti-Hazing Hero Award by Hazingprevention.org for engaging California State University, Chico’s Greek community in its first Hazing Awareness Week.

Hazing Awareness Week, held March 3-8, was an effort led by IFC and the Panhellenic Association to empower Greek students to show the campus and community that they will not stand for hazing, Loya said.

To begin the week, the Greek Life Office, Panhellenic, IFC and Alpha Delta Pi sorority partnered to bring a hazing speaker to the induction of the 350 new members, which was held Feb. 28.

Mike Dilbeck, a speaker with Campuspeak, addressed 800 members of the Greek Community with a lecture about “bystander behavior,” defined as instances when a person observes something and recognizes it as a problem but fails to intervene in a constructive way.

More than 70 Greek students also attended a showing of “HAZE,” a documentary that focuses on binge drinking and hazing rituals that occur on college campuses.

Members of the Greek community wore ribbons throughout the week that said, “Hazing: Not on our campus, not in our town.”

Hazing Awareness Week will become an annual event that will continue to grow each year, Loya said.