By Kristina Jackson
Before a capacity audience of student organizational leaders and members, Morgan President David Wilson led an open discussion on hazing last month in the University Student Center Theatre. Dr. Wilson cited the importance of anti-hazing messaging for students to carry in their membership and intake processes, and to assist in leading the world on ending the practice that “degrades and humiliates” students at colleges and universities around the nation.
The discussion featured administrative panelists Reverend Bernard Keels of the MSU Interfaith Center, Chief of Campus Police Adrian Wiggins, Associate General Council to the University Rodney Hill and MSU Chief Judicial Officer Seymour E. Chambers. Each shared personal experiences and anecdotes about hazing. Consistent reference was made to the November hazing-related death of Florida A&M University drum major Robert Champion, and the university’s effort to recover from the tragedy and resulting coverage.
Kilan Bishop, Vice President of the campus chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Inc. says the talk was well received.
“For (President Wilson) to actually hold the event and have that discussion, I believe really opened some eyes” she said. “It was definitely a conversation that needed to be had.”