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Moorhead, MN (WDAY TV) - A harassment and hazing investigation has hit MSUM's campus, involving a sorority and a former beauty queen.


Miss Montana 2013 was a sister at the Gamma Mu Chapter of Gamma Phi Beta, until she says they bullied her out.

Sheridan Tihista/Investigation Against Sorority: "This was a problem long before I got there."

The Gamma Phi Beta house on MSUM's campus is usually a place roughly thirty sorority sisters come looking for a little piece of home.

Tihista: "Gamma Phi at one point was the best decision that I made, but it quickly turned a 360 and is no longer that kind of sisterhood."

Former sister Sheridan Tihista says the family she expected to find is broken.

Tihista: "Every semester, there's a least one girl who is bullied out of the chapter."

And last year, while she was away on Miss Montana appearances, she was the target.

Tihista: "Out of the blue was told that I was probably the most hated woman to go through Gamma Phi and that my membership would have to be voted on."

A vote no hash tag emerged on twitter, followed by hate emails and threats of physical assault.

Tihista: "I honestly was devastated."

Threats serious enough to spark a campus-wide investigation.

David Wahlberg/MSUM Marketing & Communications Ex. Dir: "We take complaints like this very, very seriously and we have processes lined out in our policy that say how we will go about the investigation."

In just three days classes kick into gear here on campus and that's when Greek life begins. Hundreds of new female students for recruitment and potential sorority sisters.

Tihista: "The fact of the matter is they will be recruiting impressionable freshmen and young women."

Women she fears could end up in her shoes,

Wahlberg: "I would say that this is an anomaly."

Tihista: "I did everything I could before I got to this point to try to right wrongs that I didn't even commit."

Bullied, harassed, and hazed by their so-called sisters.

Gamma Phi Beta's International Headquarters is also investigating, but would not comment.

Until MSUM's investigation wraps up, University officials say classes, Greek Life, and recruitment will continue as normal.

Kay Cooley
Kay Cooley came to WDAY 6 News in September of 2012. She was born in a suburb of Chicago then made her home in Hershey, PA. Kay graduated from Northwestern University, where she received her bachelor’s degree in journalism. At Northwestern, Kay was a member of the Division I Women’s Swim Team and a reporter for the Northwestern News Network on campus. Before coming to WDAY, Kay was working for KVRR in Fargo and interned at ABC27 in Harrisburg, PA. When she’s not out in the field reporting, Kay enjoys being active and spending time with friends and family. If you have story ideas, questions or just want to say hello, feel free to email Kay at
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