Phi Beta Sigma launches anti-hazing program

Phi Beta Sigma, a fraternity belonging to the National Pan-Hellenic Council, announced Thursday the launch of a new sensitivity training program for high school and college students interested in Greek life.

After spotting hazing at the root of so many organizations for a number of centuries Phi Beta Sigma had a “Fannie Lou Hamer moment – we’re ‘sick and tired of being sick and tired,’” said Jonathon Mason, international first vice president of the organization.

The fraternity kicked off its national Anti-Hazing Campaign last May, and it will now partner with Converge & Associates Consulting, a consulting firm specializing in race and ethnic relations, to offer a program designed to defeat the “culture of hazing,” said International President Jimmy Hammock.

Peter Finn Jr., president of Phi Beta Sigma’s Zeta Eta chapter at the University, will be attending the fraternity’s state conference in Richmond this Saturday to learn more about the training, as well as how best to implement the program back on Grounds.

“We need to stop calling it hazing because it is not hazing,” Mason said. “It is assault and battery.”

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