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Stone Foltz candlelight memorial planned at BGSU

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Foltz Memorial – Photo by Paul Obringer

BGSU will hold a candlelight memorial to remember Stone Foltz at 7:30 p.m. on March 1 in the Union Oval.

The memorial is planned six days before the one-year anniversary of Foltz’s death due to alcohol intoxication from an off-campus hazing ritual for the Pi Kappa Alpha fraternity.

“Such tragedies must not continue to plague our state and nation. One student death is too many, and this memorial focuses on Stone and ensuring he is never forgotten,” a BGSU press release states.

BGSU media strategist Michael Bratton said the memorial is still in the planning phase. Details such as how long it will last and speakers at the memorial are still being discussed.

On April 9, 2021, BGSU permanently expelled PIKE from campus.

On July 6, 2021, Ohio Governor Mike DeWine signed SB 126 — Collin’s Law — into law, a piece of anti-hazing legislation. The bill is named after Collin Wiant, a former Ohio University student who died in 2018 at an off-campus fraternity house in Athens, Ohio.

Starting on May 16, 2022, individuals charged for their role in Foltz’s death will stand trial. Jacob Krinn, Daylen Dunson, Troy Henricksen, Canyon Caldwell and Jarrett Prizel had their trial dates postponed to May after a decision by Wood County Common Pleas Judge Joel Kuhlman.

After Foltz’s death, his family started the “iamstonefoltz FOUNDATION” in his honor.

Foltz’s death and PIKE’s suspension caused multiple changes regarding hazing across campus and led to revised education on hazing throughout all student organizations and sports teams.

Last month, BGSU suspended two fraternities for violating the student code of conduct and for police citations.

Delta Chi was previously suspended in 2021, and then had it extended until 2026 due to a hazing report received by the university regarding incidents that happened prior to the fraternity’s original suspension.

Phi Delta Theta Fraternity was suspended until 2024 after being found responsible for hosting an off-campus party that saw four instances of underage drinking, including a 16-year-old, and two instances of hospitalization as a result of over-intoxication.

There are ten unrecognized Greek life organizations listed on the university’s website. At least four of which are not recognized “due to concerns over the health and safety of our community.”

Issues concerning hazing can be reported through BGSU’s See it. Hear it. Report it. webpage.

This article will be updated if any more details regarding the candlelight memorial are released.

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