OSU Sport And Citizen Center Will Research Hazing

Nationally it’s the Duke Lacrosse rape case. Locally it’s sexual assault on the Dublin Coffman High School lacrosse team. These are a couple of concerns the Center for Sport, Citizenship, and Society will be researching and addressing. The center’s interim director, Bill Morgan, said the facility is not going to pretend that everything is right in sports today.

“We’re not going to shy away from controversy. We’re very concerned with violence, hazing,” Morgan said.

Morgan said youth sports are likely the center’s preeminent concern. He said the key to informing the public about such incidents like the ones at Duke and Dublin is understanding why they happened.

“Where actually going to be having fellowships for scholars to come here and study here. Study these problems, who are working in these problems. So there’s going to be an academic side in terms of what are the causal effects that lead to these kinds of outcomes,” Morgan said.

Program advisor for the OSU speech and debate team, Chris Nieter, attended the town hall style meeting. Nieter said it may take some time before the Sport, Citizenship, and Society Center is able to make any headway in its research because it is so new.

“In a couple of years from now this center will have a great ability and a stable pulpit from which to educate the community not just on the issue of athletic bonding and hazing but on a whole range of both the positive and negative aspects of athletics in this country,” Nieter said.

The center will make its public debut in October. It will be located at The John Glenn Institute for Public Service and Public Policy.