Ripped From the Wall: Episode 3, American Gets Hazed

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In the newest episode of Ripped From the Wall, Maddi Cole dives into something no one at American University can stop talking about: hazing. With an undergraduate population of only 8,000, AU has such a repeated reputation of hazing within Greek life. From the expulsion of Epsilon Iota to the disciplinary actions against Beta Theta Pi and Chi Omega, the podcast team decided to look closely at what hazing look like on our campus and why it has not stopped.


Currently, the university has six Greek life organizations with outstanding conduct violations affecting their recruitment privileges or social activities. For answers, Cole spoke to Michael Elmore, Senior Director of the University Center and Student Activities. He spoke to defining what hazing is and what it looks like in relation to American University.  


Cole also sat down with a sister of Chi Omega to ask what it’s like to have your organization scrutinized by the small community it falls within. Hazing is not just an administrative issue, but a student issue. This interview reminded the AWOL team that there are people at the heart of Greek life.


Over the course of one semester, Ripped from the Wall tried to look at the ins and outs of the collegiate hazing problem and what students can to end it.


Host: Maddi Cole
Executive Producer: Zach Vallese
Podcasting Team:
Braeden Waddell
Hannah Shows
Katya Podcoveroff Lewis
Luci Rascher
Verónica Del Valle

Original Artwork:
Carly Thaw



Correction: It should be noted that information about an increased rate of hazing is based on the Multimedia Team’s experience. In an earlier version of this episode, we reported Epsilon Iota was guilty of sexual assault. However, they were only alleged to have committed sexual assault. 


Correction on April 24, 2018: It was incorrectly stated in this podcast that “four of those six have been disciplined for hazing new members”. Currently, only two organizations have been found responsible for violating Section VI. Prohibited Conduct, I. 


About the Contributors
Katya Podkovyroff Lewis, PR Director
I’m a senior studying Journalism and International Studies. My areas of interest include environmental sustainability, international development, public health, culture, and science news. I have always been intrigued by the way the world works and how so many factors can encompass an entire individual’s point of view. Everything and everyone has a story; it’s exciting to...
Zach Vallese, Multimedia Director
I’m a Junior majoring in Journalism and my area of interest is Podcasting. I was drawn to journalism because I want to tell stories that change the world. So that’s what I’m doing. Through videos and podcasts, I want to tell these stories that can entertain, inspire, and cause social change. Fun fact? I’ve been...
Braeden Waddell, Multimedia Assistant
I’m a sophomore majoring in Journalism and some of the things that interest me are Investigative Journalism, Public Transportation, Urban Geography, and Latinx Studies. My desire to major in Journalism comes from my love of stories that capture humanity in its rawest and grittiest moments. I aim to find a balance between highlighting relevant issues...
Luci Rascher, Writer and Podcaster
I’m a sophomore majoring in International Studies and interested in peace and conflict resolution, culinary arts and crunchy food culture, environmental sustainability, entrepreneurship, and whatever else I’m passionate about for the moment. I love how journalism can serve as a platform through which lesser-known ideas or issues can be shared with a wider audience. I believe...