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Wednesday, April 20, 2005
More Odds and Ends on the Pi Kappa Phi Hazing Incident
My more lengthy thoughts on "what this means for the Greek Community"/"what we should do now"/etc. will be posted over at "Frat"-life, which is the
Some quick thoughts on the whole hazing mess.
1. Every single student I have heard from (some who claim to have some level of inside knowledge) say that the weapon involved was an air soft gun, while every newspaper report I recall seeing described it as a BB gun. Whichever it was, this was an unacceptable act of hazing, but those are two entirely different guns, and it would be useful if we could clarify which it actually was.
2. Tonight is the IFC meeting where this incident will be discussed, and I have heard people saying that they think nothing will happen to the chapter or the two IFC officers from Pi Kapp (the President and VP of Risk Management), while others think that the officers should be impeached and the chapter suspended or expelled from IFC. My guess about what will happen, and my own feeling about the best way to resolve this, is much closer to the latter than the former.
3. The school has seemed remarkably laid back about this whole thing. My guess would have been that they would have been leading the charge over something like this, pitchforks unsheathed. Potentially, the school's interest in preventing bad publicity over this incident has led them to do their best to minimize the perceived severity of the incident (as a lax response would communicate).
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