Monday, September 24, they kicked off the celebration with messages from ASI President Ashley Schmidt and other campus leaders at 1:30 p.m. At 7:00 p.m., public speaker and attorney Joe Richardson with Borton Petrini Law addressed the students about the laws surrounding hazing and how to get the most out of your year in college.
"They are in a period, this is the time of their lives, literally, and it can make a difference if they treat it the right way, a great college experience can literally catapult you," said Richardson.
This week will continue Tuesday with a screening of the movie HAZE, followed by Q&A with a panel of experts in the Student Union Multipurpose Room at 5:30 p.m. Events and workshops will continue at CSUB throughout the week.
According to HazingPrevention.org, "Hazing is any action is taken, or any situation created intentionally that causes embarrassment, harassment or ridicule, and risks emotional and/or physical harm to members of a group or team, whether new or not, regardless of the person’s willingness to participate."
Hazing is not just in Greek life, said Jose Garcia, a Greek life assistant at CSUB Office of Student Involvement.
"It affects the workplace, the athletics, marching bands and clubs, and organizations across the board. It happens everywhere we don't really think about that," said Garcia.