Joe Reedy, Associated Press
Updated three:22 am, Tuesday, November 7, 2017
Photo: Joe Rondone, AP
Photo: Joe Rondone, AP
Florida State turns into third college to droop Greek life
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Florida State turns into at the least the third college this 12 months to droop Greek life due to alcohol-related tragedies.
University President John Thrasher introduced the indefinite suspension on Monday of the college’s 55 fraternities and sororities following the dying of a freshman pledge.
“I just feel like for whatever reason, the message is not getting through,” Thrasher stated. “Unfortunately we’ve got to take steps with our students, to make sure this never happens again.”
Andrew Coffey, a pledge at Pi Kappa Phi, died Friday after he was discovered unresponsive following a celebration. Police stated there have been indicators that alcohol could have been an element, however authorities have been ready for the outcomes of an post-mortem earlier than figuring out a reason behind dying. Tallahbadee Police Chief Michael DeLeo stated they’re nonetheless investigating.
On Monday, Garrett John Marcy, a member of Phi Delta Theta, was charged with the sale and trafficking of cocaine. Marcy, 20, was arrested by Florida State University police and booked into Leon County jail, the place his bail was set at $75,000.
“This pause is needed to review and reflect on the loss of a young life and to implement serious changes,” Thrasher stated. “For this suspension to end, there will need to be a new normal for Greek life on campus. They must participate in that culture.”
Penn State suspended fraternities and sororities from holding social actions in the course of the spring semester after the February hazing dying of 19-year previous Timothy Piazza. Louisiana State had a one-month suspension and continues to ban alcohol at Greek events after the hazing dying of 18-year previous Maxwell Gruver in September.
Florida State college students have been stunned concerning the announcement and have been nonetheless making an attempt to get data on how this impacts their organizations going ahead.
“I was very surprised that they are doing something about it. I think hazing is a problem and alcohol is the basis of a lot of their events,” stated Abygail Stiekman.
Freshman Lila Pullo, who was presupposed to be initiated into the Delta Gamma sorority, didn’t agree with the choice to droop all Greek organizations
“For me and a lot of the people who are entering we’re all pretty upset because we are trying to get the reputation back up,” she stated. “Most of the organizations getting in trouble are fraternities. If they did end Greek life the atmosphere on campus will go down a lot.”
John Armstrong, who served as president of Florida State’s Beta Theta Pi chapter in 1998, stated he had blended emotions about Monday’s announcement.
“Unfortunately, there has been a rash of instances similar to this, so I can understand the reason for the response,” Armstrong stated. “I hope that it’s a short-lived response.”
Armstrong stated there’s extra to fraternity life than simply consuming and partying.
“It might be a good idea for people to take a step back and reflect on what values we truly want to portray in the Greek system,” Armstrong stated.
During the suspension, the one occasions Greek life members could conduct are conferences with the college or their nationwide chapter. They additionally can’t have any organized participation in homecoming actions, that are scheduled for subsequent week.
“It will be more tame and not as festive as it usually is because there are a lot of floats during the parade and competitions during the week,” stated Rachel Humphries, who’s a Florida State scholar.
Students shall be allowed to stay as residents of their fraternity or sorority home. Thrasher additionally banned alcohol in any respect scholar group occasions in the course of the suspension.