LSU’s Sigma Chi chapter facing hazing, drug use allegations

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The LSU’S Sigma Chi chapter has been at the campus since the 1920s. This week, the fraternity is under suspension. 
 
According to the university, it stemmed from events that happened on October 17th. 
University officials said they are investigating accusations of hazing and drug use inside the fraternity house. 
 
“It’s not a good look for Greek Life as a whole at LSU,” said Jordan Hicks, a member of the Alpha Phi Alpha fraternity. 
 
As a member of a fraternity at LSU, Jordan Hicks said it is sad, but not surprising. 
  
“It’s disheartening because I know how that makes Greek Life as a whole look on LSU campuses,” Hicks said. 
 
Stephanie Verdin and Bianca Webb agreed. 
 
“I don’t know what drove them to do anything like that, but I certainly don’t think it’s every fraternity,” Verdin explained. 
 
“Usually a sorority or fraternity are supposed to be a direct reflection of your student body on campus,” Webb said. “So when you hear things like a suspension of a fraternity or an infraction or whatever the cause may be, it also makes you want to reflect on the people in that fraternity.”
 
The full details of the events leading to the suspension have not been released yet, pending the investigation. 
 
Students said it is going to take the entire tiger community to come together to break these negative stigmas. 
 
“Seek out a life of peace and community, then that could definitely help LSU,” Verdin said. “It could actually help any college as a whole.” 
 
“Just to be more transparent about Greek Life as a whole, educate people about what goes on in Greek Life offices, and the things that the executive people, like the administrators, do to keep hazing to a minimum,” Hicks concluded. 
 
Sigma Chi is the second fraternity to get suspended this year. LSU’s Acacia chapter was suspended indefinitely in March on allegations of hazing.
 

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