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Owings Mills Native Sues Penn State Organization Over Hazing

Asya Trowell, 18, of Owings Mills, is pressing charges against a fraternity and several of its members who she said beat her during a hazing ritual.

An Owings Mills native is pressing charges against a fraternity and several of members who she claims beat her during a hazing exercise at Penn State University, according to reports.

Asya Trowell, 18, said members of Omega Essence, a female auxiliary group to the male Omega Psi Phi fraternity, punched, slapped and kicked her, poured hot sauce on her face and whipped her with a wet washcloth on two nights in early April, according to The Morning Call and The Patriot-News.

Penn State police are currently investigating the case, the reports said.

Trowell went home the day after the incidents took place, where doctors told her she needed bed rest because of internal bruising.

She thought the organization was a part of a group of historically black fraternities and sororities called the National Pan-Hellenic Council, but Penn State does not officially recognize the fraternity among that group, The Morning Call reported.

Trowell plans to withdraw from Penn State, reports said.

Marc Shapiro April 30, 2012 at 02:27 PM
John, I think this is an extreme assumption. While some people may want to lower themselves for whatever reason to join these groups, I can tell you I would never, ever, allow any group to beat me or force me to binge drink just to gain their acceptance. Asya clearly wanted to be a part of the group, but was beaten to the point of internal bruising. Please don't make this about politics.
Bernard Will May 01, 2012 at 04:30 AM
She wasnt beaten. She was failing her classes. She couldnt pay tuition. These are facts. It'll be revealed.
Zoobie May 01, 2012 at 07:03 AM
What a sad and violent society we've become. That's not hazing, it's an Assault !
Carl J. Galler May 01, 2012 at 08:47 PM
Motorcycle Clubs don't even behave this way why would one think that it's "okay" for a sorority or fraternity. A ridiculous assumption John. Diesel, VP MCV (Motorcycle Club Five) and a conservative republican...
Jennifer July 26, 2012 at 03:19 PM
When someone is subjected to this kind of abuse it can leave life long mental scars. Usually, the person trying to gain entry has no idea what kind of 'hazing' they will be subjected to. A 'normal' hazing ritual subjects the victim to physical and mental abuse. We've all heard about cases where the victim has actually died from a hazing. Judging the woman for speaking up (something not permitted) and accusing her of seeking money falsely is atrocious. Remember folks, here in the USA you're supposed to be innocent before proven guilty. Something to consider: Hazing is illegal in most states.

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