Former Penn State scholar featured in “Hazing” documentary

A few decade has handed since former Penn State scholar James Vivenzio left Virginia to come back to Completely happy Valley, sufficient time to span three presidential administrations and a handful of Olympics.

The 28-year-old departed with no diploma in hand from Pennsylvania’s premier college, however his time in State School has caught with him on daily basis since.

Vivenzio has been vocal about his experiences at a Penn State fraternity the place he stated he was hazed. He was the one who blew the whistle on Kappa Delta Rho’s secret Fb web page, which featured images of unsuspecting bare girl. He later sued the college, amongst others.

He additionally spoke with the grand jury that investigated the dying of Beta Theta Pi pledge Timothy Piazza, later saying at a December 2017 press convention that he “tried to do what he might do to avoid wasting lives.”

His newest hazing prevention effort is with “Hazing,” a virtually 90-minute documentary that made its tv premiere Monday and is on the market for streaming on the PBS Video app.

“What I went by, I actually didn’t need anybody else to expertise. You go to school to not get hazed, (however) to get an schooling. You be a part of a fraternity to not get hazed, (however) to satisfy individuals,” Vivenzio stated Monday earlier than the movie’s TV premiere. “It’s alleged to be a social expertise … however what I went by was simply the exact opposite of that. What I witnessed was fully mistaken. That’s why I spoke out about it from the get-go.”

Filmmaker Byron Damage spoke with different households, survivors and fraternity members over the course of a decade for the documentary. He described hazing a “systemic difficulty,” fairly than remoted incidents at excessive faculties and schools throughout america.

There are not any nationwide reporting necessities for hazing incidents, and the definition typically varies state by state. A lot of what’s recognized about hazing comes from nonprofits or researchers.

That features Hank Nuwer, an adjunct professor of journalism at Ball State College who has researched and written extensively about hazing. At the least one U.S. college, membership or group hazing dying has been reported yearly since 1959.

“I need individuals to query what they will do to be part of the answer and to not be part of the issue,” Damage stated. “I do know which will sound simplistic, however I actually do hope that the tales that we inform on this movie — together with James’ story — will actually give individuals permission and an area and empower individuals to share their tales and to talk out. And to problem what’s a really difficult system of abuse that younger individuals get trapped into yr after yr after yr.”

Vivenzio is set to graduate in December from George Mason College with a bachelor’s diploma in enterprise administration. That is probably not the tip of his instructional journey.

He’s contemplating pursuing a legislation diploma, partly due to what he skilled at Penn State. However regardless of the place Vivenzio finally ends up professionally, he has each intention of constant to be an anti-hazing advocate.

“I simply really need this to be a problem that doesn’t get forgotten,” Vivenzio stated. “It’s a problem that’s not going away.”

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James Vivenzio spoke about his time at a Penn State fraternity in “Hazing,” a virtually 90-minute documentary. Laylah Amatullah Barayn Photograph offered

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Bret Pallotto primarily reviews on courts and crime for the Centre Day by day Instances. He was raised in Mifflin County and graduated from Lock Haven College.

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