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February 24, 2012

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HazingPrevention.Org Announces Anti-Hazing Heroes  and NHPW Digital Pix & Composites Photo Contest Winners for 2011   

The recipients for the Anti-Hazing Awards are individuals who have stood up to hazing in their organizations and helped educate others about the dangers of this practice. Phi Delta Theta fraternity has sponsored these awards for the past five years.

Recipients of the 2011 Hank Nuwer Anti-Hazing Hero Awards are:

 

Tyler Bellick is a student at SUNY Plattsburgh and currently serves as the Fraternity and Sorority Life Leadership Development Coordinator. Bellick's commitment to ending hazing was described by his nominator as courageous as he worked with the Director of Fraternity/Sorority Life at SUNY Plattsburgh to end hazing in his chapter. Despite physical and verbal harassment, Bellick helped put a plan into action and his chapter successfully initiated members without hazing. "Hazing is not only detrimental to your own organization but the entire Greek community on your campus," Bellick says. "If you have knowledge that hazing is taking place in your organization or another, you have a responsibility to fix it. Do not be a bystander." Contact 518-605-6223 tbell002@mail.plattsburgh.edu 

 

Molly Peirano is a student and Delta Gamma member at the Ohio State University. Those who nominated Peirano speak highly of her leadership skills and ability to identify problems and suggest solutions. As the president of her chapter, Peirano collaborated with advisers, alumnae, and regional directors to teach her chapter about hazing and put a stop to hazing traditions in her chapter. When asked about her experience, Peirano said "I believe in hazing prevention, because hazing means you put your values or mutual respect for others on hold, and true respect and values cannot be handled in this way." Peirano's work did not end at the college level. She took the skills and knowledge that she learned from her experiences and helped end hazing in a high school athletic team that had a long history of hazing.                                     Contact 614-477-2821 peirano.9@buckeyemail.osu.edu      

 

Michael Richards is the Vice President of Scholarship for IFC at West Chester University in PA. After attending the Undergraduate Interfraternity Institute in 2011, Richards brought back valuable information concerning what hazing is and why it does not belong in student organizations. Richards was asked to tell his hazing story in front of 350 of his peers. Hesitant at first due to back lash from the chapter and community, Richards took a stand and challenged his peers to confront hazing in the community. Richards thanks God for the strength to fight hazing, saying "Through God's will and after attending the NIC's Undergraduate Inter Fraternity Institute, I realized that I was called to make an impact on hazing prevention at West Chester University." Contact 267-897-6093 MR688982@wcupa.edu 

 

Amanda Singh is a graduate of Florida State University. When Singh was in the process of joining an organization at FSU, she experience physical and psychological hazing. After wrestling with the dilemma, she sought help to make campus life involvement positive for everyone. Singh is described by her nominator as strong, caring, and as living a life a character and integrity.  When asked about her experience, Singh said "Hazing no longer has to be something that is accepted for initiation. I took a stand alone and I think anyone else can do it too!"  Singh encourages everyone who has experienced hazing to come forward and tell their own stories. Contact 561-445-1263  ars07k@my.fsu.edu 

 

Josh Strange
is a Student and Member of Phi Gamma Delta Fraternity at the University of Kentucky. Strange's story of hazing prevention focuses on dialogue and deep conversation about what hazing is and how students can fight against it. His nominator says "Josh has truly taken the road less traveled...by working tirelessly to prevent hazing." Strange's commitment to ending hazing has made a difference on his campus as he works to provide outlets for students experiencing inappropriate activities and give them a voice to the institution. Contact 614-562-9422
   

 

The Photo Contest theme challenged individuals to identify how they empower others to prevent hazing. Photos were judged based upon the following criteria: composition, depiction of the event described, diversity represented, and uniqueness or appropriateness of the event displayed. Digital Pix Photography & Composites sponsors the NHPW Photo Contest.   

 

Recipients of the 2011 Digital Pix NHPW Photo Contest are:    

      

1st Place: Brittany Johnson, Northern Arizona University. Throughout National Hazing Prevention Week, Greek students, members of the Residence Hall Association (RHA), and members of Greeks Advocating the Mature Management of Alcohol (GAMMA) encouraged student and faculty contributions to a community art project entitled "Stop The Haze." By tabling at the University Union, Greek and RHA members had students cover their hands with paint and place their handprints on a large 6'x7.5' canvas that stated, "Hazing is an extraordinary activity that becomes perversely ordinary as those who engage in it grow desensitized to its inhumanity."

  

2nd Place: Ari Mason, University of Connecticut. The photo project was part of UConn's observance of National Hazing Prevention Week, and involved members of all chapters in all councils on campus. Fraternity and sorority members, bearing serious expressions, wore letters and put Band-Aids on their cheeks that read "hazing hurts." This campaign sought to emphasize the physical, mental, and emotional effects of hazing, and to convey the message that hazing has a negative impact on fraternity men and sorority women alike.

   

3rd Place: Stephanie Waits, San Diego State University. This photo was taken at GAMMA SDSU's tabling efforts during National Hazing Prevention Week.  GAMMA's goal was to reach members of student organizations, athletic teams, bands, sororities and fraternities -- any organization that might deal with hazing. Once people signed their pledges we hung them up to show the participation and make a visual statement to the student body. We also had large poster paper available and encouraged students to write hazing alternatives that would still provide team building and show new member commitment.

 

The mission of HazingPrevention.Org is to empower people to prevent hazing. The organization develops its own programs and harnesses external resources in an effort to diminish society's tolerance of hazing and inspire everyone's belief in their own ability to prevent and stand up to hazing.  

Hazing is defined as any action taken or situation created intentionally, whether on or off campus, that causes embarrassment, harassment or ridicule, and has the potential for mental or physical harm. Actions can fall under the hazing definition even if victims agree to participate, and even if they are no longer considered "new" members of a team or organization.   
           
 For more information, visit www.HazingPrevention.Org.       

 

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