An Inside Look at Hazing

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As prevalent as hazing is among male college athletes, many people are surprised by the statistics surroundings this controversial topic. For instance in 1989-1999, of a survey of over 350,000 athletes, 250,000 plus said they had experienced hazing of some sort during their time with their associated team. One in five of these students experienced potentially illegal hazing including binge drinking, sexual acts, and destruction and vandalizing of property. Half of these men were involved in drinking contests or other alcohol related incidents, and only one in five experienced positive initiation practices such as team trips or team building exercises. When the geography of college campuses was evaluated, it was found that western and eastern schools participated heavily in alcohol related initiations, whereas southern and Midwestern campuses had a larger prevalence of dangerous or potentially illegal rituals (not to say binge drinking isn’t dangerous). Clearly hazing amongst athletics is not just isolated incidents of serious outcomes that happen to make the news due to their outrageous natures, but is a rampant practice that affects over half of every male athlete in college. Hazing, as defined by Aldo Cimino (2011) actually makes it different than a ritual or initiation although the words are commonly interchanged. Hazing is any act that makes a newcomer have to do something whose cost is not relevant to the normal social order of the group. The example Cimino gives is
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