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The student voice of Washington State University since 1895

The Daily Evergreen

The student voice of Washington State University since 1895

The Daily Evergreen

Sam Martinez died Nov. 12, 2019, after participating in a Big-Little reveal night with members of the Alpha Tau Omega fraternity.

Students, police in favor of anti-hazing bill currently in Senate

ALEXANDRIA OSBORNE, Evergreen reporter March 3, 2022

House Bill 1758, which would increase the penalties for hazing on college campuses, passed the Washington State Senate Ways and Means Committee with amendments Monday. This means the bill is on its way...

Sam Martinez died Nov. 12, 2019, after participating in a Big-Little reveal night with members of the Alpha Tau Omega fraternity.

Parents of Sam Martinez testify about anti-hazing bills to state legislature

KASSANDRA VOGEL, Evergreen reporter January 20, 2022

Jolayne Houtz and Hector Martinez lost their son, WSU freshman Sam Martinez, to hazing on Nov. 12, 2019. Now, they are advocating for legislation in hope that no parent loses a child in the same way.  On...

Sam Martinez died Nov. 12, 2019, after participating in a Big-Little reveal night with members of the Alpha Tau Omega fraternity.

’60 Minutes’ episode reports on Sam Martinez’s hazing death

EMMA LEDBETTER, Evergreen news editor November 28, 2021

A “60 Minutes” episode focusing on the hazing death of WSU freshman Sam Martinez will air at 7 p.m. today on CBS.  Martinez died of acute alcohol intoxication on Nov. 12, 2019, following an Alpha...

Whitman County Prosecutor Denis Tracy received the investigative report from Pullman PD and is reviewing it. He has not reached a charging decision yet.

Police recommend charges for seven individuals involved in Sam Martinez’s death

On the morning of Nov. 12, 2019, WSU freshman Sam Martinez was transported by the Pullman Police Department to a local funeral home in a locked body bag. Fraternity members found his body cold and discolored...

Sam Martinez was a 19-year-old WSU student. He was empathetic and loyal to those he knew.

Family, friends of Sam Martinez commemorate his life one year after death

EMMA LEDBETTER and LOREN NEGRON November 12, 2020

Fall is a difficult season for Jolayne Houtz and Hector Martinez. On Oct. 3, they celebrated their son Sam Martinez’s 20th birthday, and today marks the first anniversary of his death. “Our family...

Alpha Sigma Phi’s new members were told to consume alcohol quickly in a parking lot near NE Terre View then run to Jack in the Box afterward.

Records show WSU fraternity engaged in hazing

LOREN NEGRON, Evergreen editor-in-chief November 5, 2020

Records show that WSU's Alpha Sigma Phi fraternity engaged in hazing during a new member activity in March, which led to its loss of recognition. The fraternity’s hazing violation is noted in the...

Outgoing ASWSU President Quinton Berkompas said ASWSUs University Hazing Policy Review Committee was created in March. The committee recommends WSU officials to implement workshops and resources for victims.

ASWSU lays out recommendations for hazing prevention

ANGELICA RELENTE, Evergreen editor-in-chief May 11, 2020

ASWSU's University Hazing Policy Review Committee has created a list of recommendations for WSU officials to consider regarding hazing on campus.  Some of the recommendations include creating a WSU-affiliated...

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