Radford University Professors Tod Burke and Stephen Owen will discuss their study "Hazing in Student Organizations: Prevalence, Attitudes and Solutions" on the radio program "With Good Reason" Aug. 18-24.
Published in Oracle: The Research Journal of the Association of Fraternity Advisors, the study explores student attitudes toward hazing and the prevalence of the ritual, particularly in groups outside fraternity and sororities.
Burke and Owen, both professors of criminal justice, found through a sampling of college students that hazing is not limited to fraternities and sororities but occurs in numerous student organizations. The study also developed a method for classifying, understanding and defining hazing.
Listeners in the New River Valley can hear Burke and Owen on "With Good Reason" at 6 p.m. Tuesday on Public Radio WVRU 89.9.
The program is broadcast weekly on 13 public radio stations, reaching a diverse audience in Virginia, Washington, D.C., and portions of Maryland, West Virginia, North Carolina, Georgia and Alaska. Programs also are available through podcasts at withgoodreasonradio.org.
In 2006, "With Good Reason" won the Virginia Association of Broadcasters award for Best Documentary/Public Affairs Program in the Public Radio division and took second place nationally in its division of the Public Radio News Directors' competition.
The program is produced by the Virginia Foundation for the Humanities for the Virginia Higher Education Broadcasting Consortium.