An important segment of the Grand Conclave was devoted to addressing the serious issue of college fraternity hazing. Shawn Cumberland, father of Tau active Nicky Cumberland ’16, spoke to this issue at the General Session held July 26. Nicky died from injuries he sustained as a result of a car accident following another student organization's event last fall where he had been hazed.
Mr. Cumberland has been active in helping pass legislation at both the state and federal levels to increase penalties for those found guilty of hazing. Tau Chapter’s leadership has been working with Mr. Cumberland to further their shared goals to prohibit hazing and prevent future tragedies from occurring. TKSEF Board Chairman Bill Zwiener will outline new measures to be taken in a letter soon to be distributed to alumni, parents and actives.