College Hazing

1417 Words Apr 20th, 2011 6 Pages
Blake Hampton
Mr. Coleman
English-102
April 16, 2009
College Hazing Students come into college wanting to have fun and to meet new people. There is no better way to interact and find new friends than to join a fraternity. Fraternities come with a high cost though. Hazing is one of the biggest concerns on college campuses these days. Hazing in universities across the nation has become an increasingly dangerous ritual that is seemingly becoming more difficult to put an end to due to its development into an “underground” activity. The major cause of hazing are the students’ wanting to be accepted, and they will do just about anything to feel that they belong.
Students want a sense of belonging in their new life as a college student, and
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Many believe that hazing in fraternities and in general are nothing more than silly tricks and harmless pranks like those from the 1980s hit comedy Animal House. The realities of hazing are severely different than the witty images many people associate with them (Allen, Madden). Hazing is an abuse of power that can have weakening and life-threatening consequences. Hazing has been associated with more than fifty deaths in college fraternities and countless more physical injuries including paralysis, not to mention the devastating emotional effects that can result for so many young men and women (hazingstudy.org/). In most cases the emotional effects can be much worse than the physical ones. Public humiliation can ruin a students self esteem dramatically. Especially in this day in age when popularity and the acceptance of others mean so much to a nineteen and twenty year olds. Kids coming into college their first year want the same lifestyle they had in high school. Back in high school they were accepted and known by everyone at the school. It is tough to go from being a senior at your high school with all of your close friends that you grew up with, and then come in as a freshman on a big college campus and not know anyone. It is like being the big fish in the pond, and then becoming a small fish in the ocean. I asked Nick Vannoy, “Why do you think kids coming out of high school feel the need to join fraternities?” His response was; “If they go to a big college

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