Should hazing be part of the initiation rite of Fraternities and Sororities?
October 19, 2008 7:33pm CST
I don't think that there is anything wrong about groups having their own set of initiation rites... but I find hazing as a brutal way of initiating people. There have been many who have died through this form of initiation. Hazing is usually physical abuse and it seems that it has become a sport to many especially students. Has anyone seen videos or still photos of people who have died from hazing? It's really bad. They're black and blue all over. I can't imagine how people can do this to others. It's supposed to be a test of endurance but I don't think anyone can live through more than a hundred blows to different parts of the body. Not only that, they use paddles, wooden sticks or other things to hit the person. What are your thoughts on this topic? Do you agree with hazing? Do share your insight.
20 Oct 08
Hi, lilpixelle, thanks for the question... Hazing can be done by physically beating a person (kicking, punching, using other materials to physically hurt a person.) It's sort of an initiation rite that a lot of people have to go through if they want to be part of a group.
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4 Sep 09
The initiation ceremony is set by the national organizations and can't include anything like hazing. I'm guessing you are referring to hazing during the pledge process which you have to get through to get to initiation. Hazing can occur with any group, not just greek organizations, and there's way more than just the physical. Emotional abuse is more likely to occur as it's less traceable. Things like circling fat, drilling on organization history, info on members is all considered hazing. There are very serious consequences for getting caught, like disbanding the group. And it's not just the college that punishes the group, the national organization does an investigation. It's serious to loose a chapter but it's better than the bad press from a group that's irresponsible. I'm in a sorority and we weren't hazed at all. Most of the women's groups on campus didn't do anything that could be near hazing. The men are a different story, but most of the stuff was dumb and inconvenient more than anything dangerous. And I would say the most dangerous stuff they did was drink a ton. Hazing is just stupid. Why be mean to people you are trying to create a lifelong bond with? The definitions are way too vague. We had to get permission to do a scavenger hunt that taught us about each of the sisters because scavenger hunts fall under the blanket definition of hazing. Part of the definition is "engaging in buffoonery." So vague. I don't understand how anyone would tolerate physical abuse like you are describing.
22 Oct 08
for me, hazing shouldn't be part of Fraternities or Sororities, but, it's our fault who deserved it, because we want to be part of the organization. hazing for me is bad, but they say that you have to experience what they had experienced during their time.
20 Oct 08
I dont find any logical reasons why hazing is a way of welcoming or initiating new members of a fraternity/sorority.I would always want my children to join different school activities or a community organization for them to gain self-confidence and to boost their morale but how can somebody explain to them that physical pain must be inflicted first before considering them as a true-blooded member.I find it so barbaric.
20 Oct 08
I think it's pretty much distasteful. I've seen my friends who were taken very good care of by their parents and saw them in their worst. The abuse was too much for me to even see my friends in that state and i think hazing should be stop. I decided not to join fraternities because i was already on my 3rd year in college when i thought i want it. Most of my friends belong to a fraternity and i see no difference. I guess it's just the lousy thinking of the one who created hazing made this culture even more stupid. It's like i will beat you but you won't and can't beat me. We'll look for someone else for you to beat but definitely not me. How stupid is that?