Hazing by definition is "an initiation process involving harassment."(Miriam Webster Dictionary online) In recent times hazing has been corrupted and left people dead. At least 4 people have been killed this year in hazing incidents. In a Bloomsburg newsletter it stated, " More than 60 students have died in hazing since 2005." Hazing is dangerous to students now. Hazing humiliates, imprisons, and kills people.
Some say hazing builds teams. They say "Initiations require mutual support and bonding among members."(Student life 2011) They need consent on both sides and people willingly do this. "Those more seniors know that the initiates wish to join with such intensity that they are willing to let themselves get humiliated."(Student life 2011) Also not all hazing is bad. They only report negative hazing incidents that leave people dead. We don’t know all the positive examples. Like my dad. He went through hazing to get into his fraternity. He didn’t get beaten or forced to drink. But, he had to learn things about his fraternity brothers. He got to know them and created friends for life.
Though, hazing kills people. Take Timothy Piazza for example. Timothy piazza was joining the fraternity Beta Theta Pi when it came time for hazing. "Piazza's blood alcohol level content may have reached a high of .36% that night... Video surveillance shows that he first fell down a flight of stairs around 11pm... multiple fraternity members saw him in distress. In some cases, they ignored
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When undergraduates become interested in Greek life, they have to decide if the advantages outweigh the risks. In the news, the public hears the negative side of Greek life such as the students in sororities and fraternities passing away from alcohol abuse, or colleges such as Indiana University suspending fraternities on campus for hazing and alcohol violations until March 2018. While many negative topics about Greek life are prominent in the news, not all sororities and fraternities experience hazing and illegal problems. Although both advantages and disadvantages arise on college campuses within Greek life, undergraduate students usually benefit from being a part of a sorority or fraternity and are able to create a healthy environment and community to learn, work, and live in.
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
HBCU Greek organizations are one of the most prospective and student sanctioned organizations. They have the representation to either be a great organization where the concept of charity and family is govern. Or they can be the source of reckless activities and worse of it all hazing. Throughout the articles, I gathered that these organizations can either be a source of inspiration or the student’s downfall.
Imagine a world without hazing. I believe organization could be creative and find new exciting ways to make students work to get into the club. Academically, community service, a drawing, or donates to the organization. A world without hazing would reduce lives, value morals, no stress, no humiliation, and no unwanted done to the human body. “Statistics show 1.5 million high school students are hazed each year; 47% of students came to college already having experienced hazing, 40% of athletes who reported being involved in hazing behaviors report that a coach or advisor was aware of the activity; 22% report that the coach was involved, Nine out of ten students who have experienced hazing behavior in college do not consider themselves to have been hazed, and 36% of students say they would not report hazing primarily because "there's no one to tell," and 27% feel that adults won't handle it right. Hazing should be banned because of what the pledges have to endure. Hazing is indeed a serious issue, particularly in the schools and colleges, and will have serious repercussions. Even survivors of hazing are not safe from it; the scars, psychological or physical, will not fade completely. We as a nation have to come together and banned hazing from our
In Greek fraternities, a culture that supports and encourages sexual violence thrives. My paper will focus on the relationship between the fraternity culture and lack of response that creates this life-ruining problem. The topic is important to all college students because of the lifelong consequences to both victims and perpetrators of sexual violence.
Sexual assault often derives when frat members are under the influence of drugs or alcohol as seen at many colleges and universities. At University of Virginia sexual assault has been all over the headlines on magazines. The Department of Justice released a study that "Rape and Sexual Assault Victimization Among College-Age Females, 1995-2013," shows that not only are female college students less likely to experience sexual assault than non-college women 18 to 24, but the rate at which they are sexually assaulted is nowhere near the "one in five" or "one in four" statistics brandished by advocates” (Young 1). Thus illustrating the sexual assault is not very common for fraternities to commit the crime of sexual assault to women. Therefore fraternities do not promote misogyny as example shows.
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
Physical hazing, however, is where the most life threatening problems are occurring. With groups such as Omega Psi Phi of the University of Florida, who whacked its inductees in the heads with boards, beat them with fists, and hit them with bricks, one can only expect catastrophic results.
Hazing: The practice of rituals and other activities involving harassment, abuse or humiliation used as a way of initiating a person into a group. Hazing is seen in many different types of social groups, including gangs, sports teams, schools, military units, and fraternities/ sororities. Hazing has been around throughout history and is used as a tool to make new members or pledges bond and create a trust between one another. The media is the main source when it comes to catching organizations like fraternities and sororities engaging in hazing or hazing-like activities. Today everything is posted on the Internet so it is common for the media to find evidence to support their anti-Greek idea. Hazing is a serious problem and there are alternatives
Men taking advantage of women is considered a social norm. Also, When fraternity members admitted to doing things that by law are considered rape they did not believe that they were rapist. They insist that if a girl is intoxicated then they are still able to consent to sex. Granted not all Greeks are this way. Many fraternity members treat women respectfully and contribute greatly to bettering the college experience. The problem is too many offenders do exist and they have ruined the once credible reputation of fraternities everywhere.
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 has often been thought to exist primarily in fraternities and sororities; many people are starting to realize the pervasiveness of these harmful rituals. In fact, a recent study by Alfred University and the NCAA found that approximately 80% of college athletes had been subjected to some form of hazing. This total comes to more than 250,000 athletes during the 1998-99 school year alone. Half were required to participate in drinking contests or alcohol related initiations while two thirds were subjected to humiliating hazing. The majority of hazing occurs during the initiations to club sports and fraternities/sororities.
Hazing can take place anywhere whether it be high school, college, sports, or fraternities. Other terms used for hazing are “hell week”, “help week”, and “initiation”. When one is trying to determine whether or not the situation is considered hazing there are many signs he/she could look for. Some examples include the following questions: is alcohol involved?, are there any risk of emotional or physical abuse?, and is there a risk of injury? (University of North Carolina Wilmington). If the answer to any of these is yes, then it would be considered some form of hazing. A study taking place at Alfred University shows that 1.5 million high school students have experienced some form of hazing. Forty-eight percent of students who belong to groups have reported to experiencing hazing behavior. These incidents can range anywhere between alcohol abuse to forcing one to commit a crime. Victims of hazing may hide the truth, whether they be embarrassed or they risk the chance of getting in a lot of trouble. While you may not notice it at first there are always signs to look for when searching for hazing activity. Some signs include excessive fatigue, wearing odd clothing, isolating themselves, skipping or missing class, and feeling depressed. Many parents are not aware of their child experiencing hazing activity. Although, now many of victims have decided to speak out about there encounters.