Social Integration and Hazing in College Social Integration in College Building and maintaining social connections with others is especially important among college students, as social integration has long been considered a key factor that supports college retention (Bean, 1984; Tinto, 1975). There are a number of psychosocial benefits to being involved in campus clubs and organizations, such as academic autonomy, career planning, and educational involvement (Foubert & Grainger, 2006). There is evidence that engaging in campus group activities increases social integration, at least among fraternities and sororities (Long, 2012). There are many different activities and interests in which campus groups are engaged, spanning from artistic expression (e.g., theater) and sport (e.g., club sports), to academics and social experiences (e.g., fraternities and sororities) (Dugan, 2013). One nationally-representative study on over 47,000 college students found that roughly 80% of college seniors reported having been involved in at least one college campus club or organization at some point (Dugan & Komives, 2007) and another large-scale national survey found about two-thirds of college students to be involved in a campus group (Allan & Madden, 2008). Defining Hazing Certain campus groups require initiation rituals that grant newcomers group acceptance, some of which involves hazing, which is defined as “the abuse of new or prospective group members.” (Cimino, 2011). More
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By participating in Greek life, the students’ social circles are expanded. Because sororities and fraternities are specific to gender, religions, races, and even majors, those who participate in Greek life create lifelong relationships with people they choose to associate with by
Reitman acquires information that in 2010, a first year student by the name of Andrew Lohse, pledged to a fraternity called Sigma Alpha Epsilon which disclosed the traditions of Greek hazing. The article elaborately describes the acts of hazing new pledges must face. “One brother recalls the night some of the pledges were served a scramble of vomit and eggs, known as a ‘vomlet’” (356). Lohse unveiled all of the hazing events that he had been involved with for nearly two years, until it had become clear that
Students involved in clubs, fraternities, sororities, and organizations experience hazing. In fact, 55% those college students involved in clubs, teams and organizations experience hazing. Hazing is any action taken or any situation created intentionally that causes embarrassment, harassment or ridicule and risk emotional, or physical harm to members of a group or team, whether new or not, regardless of the person’s willingness to participate. Hazing can occur in high school, intercollegiate, or even professionally. As an individual, you have to know what is hazing. What is going over the edge? Am I doing anything illegal? Or is this causing emotional or physical distress or stress to myself or to others? Hazing, even though its tradition,
When one first thinks of Greek life or a sorority the only thing that comes to mind is the social aspect. Most people don’t think of sororities as social institutions that envelop their own culture, with mannerisms, languages and customs that are unique to each individual organization. However, these institutions promote a common set of values that enable members to become connected in a way that has a more profound meaning than just social interaction. Greek organizations are good examples of how institutions can affect and be affected by social status and roles within the collegiate community. They are also a prime example of how race, class and gender can affect a social setting in both positive and negative manners.
Hazing as we know it today is most commonly to initiate members into a fraternity, sorority, or club of some sort. Hazing’s roots go into Ancient Greece when Plato first observed the occurrence and wrote about it in one of his works. The first sign of the term “hazing” appeared in the 16th century, when veteran soldiers would harass new sailors whenever the weather would create a haze. The integration of hazing in American society occurred in the 19th century after the Civil War. Before the war, university fraternities were a place to exchange ideas which most students did not find too engaging. After the war, the meaning of university fraternities had evolved to strengthen bonds with one another. The war put not optimal events and situations, which made soldiers strengthen bonds between one another. Fraternities would often replicate the traumatic events that occurred during the war to strengthen bonds between the recruits and the organization. The fraternities would base hazing rituals on stories their fathers or grandfathers who had participated in the war. Three hazing related deaths occurred in the
As I went through the research process for this paper I conducted many interviews with former classmates who are now either attending a four-year university or a local community college. The original intent was to find out their reasons for attending the institution they chose to attend. As I accumulated information I began to see a glaring trend in the relationship between the social group the individual was a member of and the college they ended up attending. This then drove me to further examine the influencing factors in these students’ social lives, in a hope of identifying the degree to which they are influenced by each other. Thus, the first part of the paper explores
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. Though a regular activity in the seventies, hazing, a possible dangerous act of initiation to a group, has now become an activity that is banned in thirty-nine states (Wagner 16). However, this ritual has not been stopped or become less severe. In fact it is becoming more dangerous. Since it has been banned, with many colleges imposing their own penalties against those participating in it, many fraternities and sororities have pursued this activity in an underground fashion. Since these groups have gone underground, some victims of these
I want to continue that feeling of being more socially engaged in college. In one of those clubs, the National Honor Society I was surrounded by individuals that care about the environment and helping others in the community like the homeless. I want to continue this at FIU, at orientation I found out about a really interesting program that has similar goals, which I am thinking of joining. This relates to the mantras I think relate to my transition to college, for one I am going out of my comfort zone by joining my first college club and I’ll be surrounding myself with people that would help me grow. In doing so, I feel like I would become a better person in a social sense because I`ll be able to interact with people without being shy.
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. Though a regular activity in the seventies, hazing, a possible dangerous act of initiation to a group, has now become an activity that is banned in thirty-nine states (Wagner 16). However, this ritual has not been stopped or become less severe. In fact it is becoming more dangerous. Since it has been banned, with many colleges imposing their own penalties against those participating in it, many fraternities and sororities have pursued this activity in an underground fashion. Since these groups have gone underground, some victims of these
Is Hazing something that’s important to you ? What about Black Greek Letter Associations ? Hazing is the imposition of strenuous, often humiliating, tasks as part of a program of rigorous physical training and initiation. Hazing is illegal if you didnt know. According to Lawyers.com- In many
Desiring to have a better life in future inclines people to focus on their academic career. Schools, exams, busy schedules and a pile of work are quintessential this goal. Therefore, students who want to achieve a better future prefer undergoing hard work instead of engaging in social activities. However, social sides of college do not only occupy a big role, but also has plenty of benefits. Social life in college becoming increasingly essential in today’s world triggered an acceptable consideration: Social parts of college should be considered as equal as the academic parts because of psychological, social reasons and its benefits in terms of future.
In Nathan’s article, she keeps her principal focus on how foreign students interact with American students and the distinctive type of relationships that they build. It is quite strange to some of the foreign student’s that Nathan has interviewed about how non-committed American students are to the foreign students because American 's students do not socialize as much, and tends to spend more time alone. Furthermore, they will make small talk rather than being close friends or let it evolve into more. At that point, Nathan turns her center towards the difference between a relationship and a friendship between American and foreign students. She also discusses with different foreign students with different background and how they interact with their American roommates, and the relationship that they bond. In addition, American student’s family is a distinct subject from school but for international students, it is something naturally integrated into their social lives, which is why they care so much about their parents (Nathan 73). Furthermore, she discusses how many foreign students make comments about how different students look and the lack of attention that they give their professor compared to in their home country. Nevertheless, the social life and making companions in American can be quite troublesome for any foreign students. However, once you become acquainted with American students and get to be
Often times hazing is a big problem we see occurring in our society. Whether it is occurring within a sports team, sorority, school, friends, or even a group of co-workers, we hear about it on a relatively frequent basis. Often times hazing stories are justified by the person committing the act of hazing and over dramatized by the media. Conducting a full study on whether hazing actually exists and the multiple ways it exists can help members of our society to further understand the implications of the action. Throughout this study the definition of hazing has been explored as well as superfluous examples to prove hazing is prominent in our society and laws and actions taken against
Hazing is defined as the practice of rituals, challenges, and other activities involving harassment, abuse, or humiliation used as a way of initiating a person into a group. There are many different social settings that hazing has been used. This includes gangs, sports teams, schools, fraternities, sororities, and even the military. It is very popular in these social groups because it is used as a way making newcomers earn their right to be part of the group. Sometimes it is used as a team building/bonding method and in other ways it used to display power over the newcomers. Usually hazing is done all in good fun with simple pranks and activities, but in many cases it can lead to more serious abuse. In more serious cases (usually with fraternities), hazing has lead to the victim being hospitalized or even killed. Fraternity hazing is undoubtedly where more of the serious hazing occurs because it is basically a part of the “tradition” of the fraternity. In a lot of cases, forced alcohol consumption and/or physical abuse is part of the hazing, which is why many victims are hospitalized or killed.