Evelyn Piazza, Mother of the Late Tim Piazza, to Give Candid Talk on Hazing

By Tom McLaughlin

In 2017, 19-year-old Tim Piazza drank at least 18 alcoholic drinks in an hour and a half during a fraternity hazing ritual. The Pennsylvania State sophomore would suffer catastrophic injuries in a fall that night and die two days later.

The late Tim Piazza with his parents, Evelyn and Jim Piazza

His mother, Evelyn Piazza, will now share her personal story of hazing – part of a nationwide tour speaking on behalf of hundreds of families – from 12:45 to 1:45 p.m. Tuesday, March 3 on the Rutgers University-Camden campus.

The talk, which is free of charge and open to the public, will be held in the Multi-Purpose Room, located on the main level of the Campus Center.

“I hope that people see the impact and ramifications of hazing,” says Maxine Koza, president of the Rutgers–Camden chapter of Sigma Delta Tau sorority, which is sponsoring the event.

In a broader sense, says the senior psychology major, she hopes that guests learn to be more mindful of harassment and bullying in all its forms, and consider how these issues affect anyone, whether or not a member of a Greek organization.

Maxine Koza

“Anyone can benefit from hearing the message that we need to treat others as we would treat our sisters and brothers,” says Koza, who previously coordinated a video chat between students and Piazza’s girlfriend, Kaitlyn Tempalsky.

Koza, a Moorestown resident, believes that anti-hazing messages get “lost in shuffle” and students in particular should be reminded how easily abuses can occur.

“Lines get blurred very quickly and easily,” says Koza, who plans to pursue a master of social work degree at the University of Pennsylvania. “It’s not always so clear-cut what is and isn’t hazing. It doesn’t take much for things to unravel and for you to have a situation like what happened at Penn State.”

The Campus Center is located on Third Street, between Cooper Street and the Benjamin Franklin Bridge on the Rutgers–Camden campus.

For more information, contact the Impact Booth at Rutgers–Camden at 856-225-6211.

 

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