Kennesaw State University student Juliana Piazza (center), poses with her cousin, Timothy, (on the left wearing a baseball cap) who died after a hazing incident at Penn State University, and others. Piazza, 22, is working to end hazing on college campuses. PHOTO CONTRIBUTED.
Piazza was a member of the Phi Mu sorority but said she did not encounter any hazing. She recalled a conversation with her cousin a few months before he died about whether he was going to attempt to join a fraternity. Tim was leaning against joining, she remembered.
Two months later, he was dead.
The deaths of Tim Piazza, Gruver and others have started a national conversation about whether colleges should ban fraternities and sororities.
Piazza said the deaths and her effort to ending hazing have resulted in what she described as “awkward conversations” with friends on campus involved in Greek life. She said many Greek organizations pledged to have students at the meeting.
“These kids come to college and it’s someone’s child or brother or sister,” she said. “You are there to show them college, not to haze them and hurt them.”
Piazza said she hopes through these meetings that more students become aware of ways to communicate with campus leaders if they are being hazed. She also hopes that colleges and universities do more to share such options with students.
“Tim is every student at every university,” she said. “We just don’t want to see it happen again.”