By Ricky LaCour, NSU Student/Opinion
After the completion of a three-year suspension, the Theta Delta Chapter of Omega Psi Phi fraternity may return to Northwestern State University’s campus.
Alumni who have expressed interest in the organizations return may see its return in the coming school year.
“There is a definite interest from alumni to see them return, and we have had some discussions,” said Shayne Creppel, Director of Greek Life for NSU. “We are open to the possibility of Omega Psi Phi returning to campus, but it has not gone beyond conversations at this point.”
Either way this is good news for the organization.
The return of Omega Psi Phi with a new generation of young men may be just what this chapter needs to shed the stigma of the alleged hazing incident that took place in 2015.
Although there was no conclusive evidence of hazing found during an investigation by the office of the Dean of Students, the chapter was reprimanded for the allegations.
Nicolette Schleisman of KSLA reported that the chapter was given a cease and desist order from NSU and its national headquarters, which means the fraternity was banned from participating in any activities and their members could not wear their letters.
“When we do come back, I do want there to a better perception of us,” said Nolan Lowe Jr., Vice Basileus of the Theta Delta Chapter of Omega Psi Phi. “As far as the so-called hazing thing, I mean, I wasn’t hazed. I don’t know anyone who was really.”
Louisiana currently has legislation moving through the house that will increase the penalty for individuals involved in acts of hazing. Offenders can be fined up to $1,000, be imprisoned for up to six months, or both.
“Didn’t know Ques weren’t on NSU’s campus anymore but they could stay to make a comeback,” said Brandi Dupree, a member of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority Inc. “I do not believe one bad Que or one bad rumor should continue to ruin a chance for others to experience the principles it takes to be an Omega man after the entry process.”
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The Theta Delta Chapter of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc. was placed on Active Suspension for a period of two years by the national organization for the following reasons:
1. Elected officers of the chapter and additional members have been found to be involved in hazing violations at Northwestern State University
2. There continues to be a lack of full cooperation with the fraternity’s investigation