It Wasn’t A Typical Run Through The Woods

This article was published in The Samford Crimson on November 7, 2012.*

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He arrived at the fraternity house, unsure of what would happen, but he knew he was in for a long night.

Although sophomore Samford student Charles (whose name has been changed per his request) expected there to be hazing during pledgeship, he didn’t know what he was getting himself into.

“It definitely takes a lot out of your schedule,” Charles said. “It’s at different times at night and it can last for two to three hours, maybe even four hours.

“There’s a lot of yelling,” Charles continued. “They’re basically trying to get you as uncomfortable as they can.”

Hazing, usually a major problem at state schools, happens here on Samford’s campus as well.

“It’s not nearly to the volume of some of the other schools I’ve worked at,” said Denny Bubrig, director of Greek life.  “But I am not going to be naïve enough to say that it’s not here.”

When hazing does occur, it’s “addressed appropriately,” Bubrig said. Some of the things that are taken into account include the severity of the offense and the disciplinary history of the organization. Hazing is usually dealt with on “a case by case basis,” Bubrig said.

“I honestly think [hazing] is just what happens, to a certain extent,” Charles said. “You have to kind of pay your dues. Would I have a problem hazing other people? No, I don’t think so. It’s just kind of a common thing that people go through this, so to kind of let them off the hook wouldn’t make sense.”

*You can find the article here. All words are my own, but the photo was added in by The Crimson staff.

Samford to host second annual Relay for Life this weekend

This article was published in The Samford Crimson on April 27, 2012.*

Samford will host its second annual Relay for Life in Homewood Central Park on April 27. Relay for Life is the main fundraising event for the American Cancer Society.

“It is the world’s largest movement for fighting cancer, bringing together more than 3.5 million people each year. It provides funding and awareness that enables the American Cancer Society to help find cures, get well and fight back,” Relay Event Director for Samford Rachael Sarrett said.

Sarrett, a senior from Nashville, Tenn., first got involved with Relay for Life in high school and was influential in restarting Relay for Life at Samford.

There are 12 Samford teams that have already signed up to walk on Friday including Alpha Delta Pi, Sigma Chi, RUF, University Ministries, University Fellows and Gamma Sigma Sigma.

Last year Samford raised more than $10,000 for the American Cancer Society, and this year the goal is $12,000.

Many teams have done fundraising to help Relay for Life in addition to participating in the walk.

Avery Harrison, a sophomore history major, is passionate about participating in Relay for Life because of what it stands for, the community it brings and because cancer has affected her personally.

“I relay in memory of my father who passed away from brain cancer when I was 16 and I relay in honor of my grandmother and boyfriend who are recent survivors,” Harrison said.

Harrison not only supports Relay for Life through walking, but she also does fundraising for the American Cancer Society through her involvement in Phi Mu sorority.

This past Sunday, Phi Mu raised $200 for the American Cancer Society through a spaghetti dinner fundraiser.

Harrison and the sorority have a goal of raising an additional $1,800. They, along with many other teams, will be selling food and hosting different games and activities during the race, with the proceeds going towards the American Cancer Society.

More than 300 Samford students like Sarrett and Harrison have gotten involved and signed up to walk different time slots between 4 p.m. to 4 a.m.

If you have not signed up for a team yet, it isn’t too late.

You can still show up on Friday and walk to support ACS.

There will be music, food, inflatables, dodgeball and Zumba.

No matter what time you show up, there will be people walking and activities going on.

*You can find the article here. All words are my own, but the photos were added in by The Crimson staff.