Link to Mount Carmel (PA) statement
Banished for hazing and alcohol violations
Close call but death averted at U. Conn Fiji chapter last February.
CT reports: Phi Gamma Delta, commonly known as FIJI, was notified Sept. 30 that it had been “permanently separated from the university with no opportunity to return in the future as a recognized student organization,” UConn spokeswoman Stephanie Reitz said.
Past history: 2017
The Delta Gamma fraternity council said it would be closing the Epsilon Pi sorority chapter at the University of Connecticut following the death of a member of the sorority was struck by a fire department vehicle in October as she was returning home from a fraternity party. The deceased was Jeffny Pally.
In February, six members of the Kappa Sigma fraternity — Patrick Callahan, Matthew Moll, Austin Custodio, Dominic Godi, Dylan Morose and Jonathan Polansky — were arrested and charged with various counts, including permitting a minor to illegally possess alcohol and sale or delivery to minors.
On Monday, the fraternity announced that the UConn chapter of the sorority will close, only weeks after these arrests.
The New York Times explores a hazing at a prestigious Dutch university: New (10/4/20): a shocking hazing death in Belgium: Sanda Dias at K.U. Leuven
Excerpt from the NY Times: Incredible reporting in this sad story–Moderator Hank Nuwer. But what disgusting members these were at a Catholic university.
“This was not an accident,” said Mr. Dia’s brother, Seydou De Vel.
The details, uncovered recently in a string of local news stories, have forced the nation’s Dutch-speaking region, Flanders, to confront rising racism and xenophobia, even at such renowned universities as this one, the Catholic University of Leuven, now known as K.U. Leuven.
Belgian universities, like their American counterparts, are generally seen as left-leaning. But campuses and clubs here have also reflected and fueled the conservatism of Flanders, where a nationalist movement is increasingly openly racist and anti-immigrant — and growing in power.
“They thought, ‘He’s just some Black guy,’” said Sanda’s father, Ousmane Dia, speaking French. “‘We are powerful and nothing can happen to us.’”