Updated 09/21/2012 07:17 PM
BU Greek Life tries to make a fresh start
A New York Times article sparks a rally on the campus of Binghamton University. The topic: Hazing at some fraternities and sororities last spring. But as our Melissa Kakareka tells us, those in attendance want the public to know that's not what Greek Life on the BU campus is about.
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VESTAL, N.Y. -- Members of Binghamton University's Greek Life could be seen holding anti-hazing signs and proudly displaying their fraternity and sorority letters as they gathered to send a message about Greek Life on campus Friday.
"We're very united. We're big into philanthropy, not hazing, and we are trying to show the community and fellow classmates that we are not into hazing," said BU senior Kelly Ryan.
"We've gotten a very bad stereotype because of a few organizations who were going completely out of the realm of what we do here," said BU senior Jamal Lama.
The rally comes in response to a recent New York Times article which provided detailed accounts of hazing incidents which occurred on the campus last spring. Those incidents did cause the university to temporarily shut down new member recruitment in April. But those at the rally say the school and the students have taken steps to correct hazing problems.
"The incidents happened last spring and we are actively addressing those and making sure our organizations are safe places," said BU Dean of Students April Thompson.
Binghamton's Dean of Students says the school has finished investigations into the incidents and has offered administrative agreements to those organizations that were under review. The Dean also says the school is in the process of hiring a new director of Greek Life and continues to work with all Greek organizations to make sure recruiting processes are safe. Efforts that many students at the rally feel is not accurately portrayed in the latest NY Times article.
"The NY Times article, I feel, was a lot of misinformation, outdated information, it was, I feel, hyped up to sell papers," said BU sophomore Rob Tendy.
"It kinda just shook things up again. It was demoralizing and rehashed a lot from last year, which is really counterproductive to what we're trying to do today and this new year," said Lama.
As the school tries to make it past the scandal and make a fresh start with its Greek Life.