Wednesday, March 14, 2007

Alcorn State's “Gangster Phi” Sorority Accused of Brutal Exercise Hazing

AKA Chapter Accused of Hazing

As reported by the Black College Wire:

Alcorn State University's Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority -- once referred to as “Gangster Phi” for its brutal hazing rituals -- is being accused of reverting to its former self. Allegations came in an anonymous email sent to the national organization, claiming that illegal hazing activities had taken place.

However, a sophomore ,who asked not to be identified, told the Alcorn Campus Chronicle that she and other prospective members were made to meet members of the sorority in their dorm rooms, perform calisthenics and purchase food and other amenities for the “big sisters.” Aspirants were not allowed to look members of the sorority directly in the eyes, she said.

“They would call us around 1 or 2 in the morning and make us come to their dorm room,” the sophomore said. “Once we were there, they would make us recite history, founders and other information. We would have to do push-ups, sit-ups, and jumping jacks when we got answers wrong or weren’t in sync.” The sophomore said she had not sent the email making the allegations.

Alcorn State University also has a strict anti-hazing policy that is outlined in the university handbook. Penalties for hazing include suspension, expulsion, fines and civil prosecution.

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