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Beyond the Haze

Beyond the Haze

Gabriela Rodriguez

December 9, 2014

On Point looks at fraternities and sororities at CSUN, after this summer's death of Armando Villa, with Interfraternity Council President Josh Stepakoff, former Pan Hellenic Council vice-president Katrina Brkic, former IFC recruitment chair Andres Rodriguez

AS allocates more than $2000 to Matador Band after much discussion

Jonathan R. Diaz

October 27, 2014

Story by Taya Zoormandan The Associated Students (AS) Senate approved funding $2,212 toward the CSUN Matador Band after more than an hour of deliberation at their meeting today in the University Student Union Grand Salon. The finance committee had initially recommended allocating $860 to the band...

LASD investigation into alleged CSUN hazing death set for DA review

Samantha Petersen

October 27, 2014

The investigation report into the death of Armando Villa is completed and set to be taken to the Los Angeles District Attorney's Office tomorrow according to the Los Angeles Sheriff's Department Homicide Bureau....

Pi Kappa Alpha pledge reported possible hazing activities one week ago

Andrew Martinez

October 24, 2014

The hazing incident which resulted in the halt to all pledge activities for sororities and fraternities was brought to the university’s attention last Friday, Dr. William Watkins, vice president of student affairs and dean of students said. A pledge of the Pi Kappa Alpha Zeta Omicron chapter at...

Villa suffered heatstroke, dehydration

Infographic by Crystal Lambert / The Sundial

Crystal Lambert

October 22, 2014

Armando Villa’s autopsy reveals the Zeta Mu pledge was reported to have a temperature of 108.8 shortly before his death. The 19-year-old CSUN student was found unresponsive in a ditch after he had separated from his pledge group during an initiation hike through the Angeles National Forest on July...

Hiking trail did Villa no favors

Condor Peak Trail in the Angeles National Forest is where Armando Villa hiked with the Zeta Mu chapter of Pi Kappa Phi. Signs warn hikers of hazards that the trail may have.

Leah Arzu

October 15, 2014

The Angeles National Forest where 19-year-old CSUN student Armando Villa lost his life has a slogan - “Know Before you Go." As to how much Villa's fraternity, Zeta Mu, a chapter of Pi Kappa Phi, knew about the Condor Peak trail before they took their “Super Awesome Weekend," remains unknown. Villa...

Coroner rules on Villa’s cause of death

Family, friends and supporters of Armando Villa held an anti-hazing rally in July. Today the coroners report ruled Villa's death was do to dehydration and hypothermia. Photo Credi: Pete Camarrilo/ The Sundial

Mateo Melero

October 2, 2014

The death of CSUN student Armando Villa, who died after a fraternity activity this summer, was determined to be a combination of dehydration and hyperthermia by the Los Angeles County Department of Coroner. In the report, it was concluded that 19-year-old Villa's death, on July 1 while hiking in th...

LASD completes Villa investigation, awaiting coroner report

Samantha Petersen

September 24, 2014

The Los Angeles Sheriff's Department (LASD) Homicide Bureau has completed their investigation into the death of CSUN student Armando Villa and is waiting on an official report from the LA County Department of Coroner.   Once the LASD receive the report, they will combine it with their own ...

CSUN Zeta Mu Hazing Investigation – full report

CSUN Zeta Mu Hazing Investigation  - full report

Andrew Martinez

September 10, 2014

The CSUN investigation report on the Pi Kappa Phi Fraternity hazing allegations was released Sept. 5 by the university administration. The report concludes that the Zeta Mu chapter of Pi Kappa Phi at CSUN engaged in various instances of hazing over the years. Specific reports of hazing in the past year,...

Zeta Mu, hazing practices evident in CSUN report

Jamie Chastened, Right holds Maria Casteneda, Armando Villa's aunt as she speaks to the press after President Dianne F. Harrison reads the report on the Pi Kappa Phi Fraternity incident at the University Hall on Friday. The fraternity Pi Kappa Phi chapter at CSUN has been forever removed from the university following the death of Armando Villa. (Photo credit: David J. Hawkins/Sundial Staff

Mateo Melero

September 10, 2014

    The investigation report released Sept. 5 into the death of CSUN student Armando Villa stated the fraternity subjected pledges to boot-camp-like conditions and made them "promise not to die.” Zeta Mu pledges were pressured to eat disgusting food and instructed to put on a co...

Students speak about hazing during rush week

Students speak about hazing during rush week

Demi Corso

September 9, 2014

  CSUN students discuss hazing during rush week.

Supporters, family of Armando Villa hand out water bottles to students

Natanya Toomes

September 8, 2014

    Friends and supporters of Armando Villa gathered outside Sierra Tower today on the first day of Rush Week to pass out water bottles to students with the words, “Stop hazing” written on them. The 19-year-old freshman died during a hazing incident while hiking in the Angeles...

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