University Park, Pa- Tuesday, Penn State University announced there will be a new home for the National Center for Greek Life Research and Reform.
The center is being re-named in memory of Timothy Piazza, who died during a fraternity hazing ritual two years ago.
The Timothy J. Piazza center for Fraternity and Sorority Research and Reform will search for answers to questions in Greek life.
-How can greek life be made safer?
-What allows hazing to persist, and how can it be stopped?
These questions were cast into the national spotlight after Piazza died pledging the Beta Theta Pi fraternity at Penn State nearly two years ago.
PSU students say seeking researched answers to these questions is a step in the right direction.
“I think it’s a good thing that they’re taking research into the equation with the issues that are happening with the sororities and fraternities because their priority should be to keep everybody safe…. so if research is what’s needed, so be it,” said University Park student Kelsey Harring.
But how does the research on Greek life work? Penn State hasn’t yet explained specifically how they plan to conduct research to find a better way for Greek life to function.
“We obviously need reform and it’s good that they’re making an effort to make that happen… but I’m not an expert on the matter, so I don’t really know exactly what types of scientific methods you’d use to make sororities and fraternities safer on campus,” said PSU student Devon Kleeblatt.
A center for Greek life research has existed since 1979 at Indiana University. But, with the center’s transfer to Penn State, there’s hope that the need for change is brought to the forefront, so a hazing death is never seen again.