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Fraternities getting closer to students by Camille Rebustes

 

Fraternities and sororities can offer a lot of benefits for college students. Hazing may create unity among new members, but often there are costs as well. The effect of hazing on a group can be like the effect of a hurricane on a community: residents feel closer to each other afterward but some may be suffering. More often, Hazing builds animosity between people and does nothing to foster trust, unity or respect. It simply makes better hazer. Occasionally there are new members who say they want to be hazed. But generally most do not want to be humiliated, intimidated, or physically abused. “Wanting” to be hazed usually means desiring an intense, challenging experience. It is not necessary to haze new members in order to challenge them. Some students join fraternities simply because they want to “belong” to a group. For most of these students, they hunger for attention, or recognition — something they find “wanting” at home (either because one or both parents are absent or seldom seen at home). Fraternities answer the “void” these students have. For other students, fraternities in themselves present a status — something you take pride in, because other campus celebrities or famous persons belong to the said fraternity. 

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There are also students who were somehow “forced” to join fraternities out of peer pressure — if they don’t, they can be subject to ostracism or downright rejection. To avoid getting bullied, some students prefer joining fraternities to get protection. Ironically, though, these same fraternities become the very cause of student deaths or injuries.  Hazing may create unity among new members, but often there are costs as well. The effect of hazing on a group can be like the effect of a natural disaster on a community: residents feel closer to each other afterward but many are suffering. Would anyone suggest that it is good for a community to be hit by a natural disaster? The two most common negative aspects of joining a fraternity are brutal hazing and abuse drinking. Hazing is the harassment of new members as a rite of passage, by giving them meaningless, difficult, dangerous or humiliating tasks to perform, exposing them to ridicule or playing practical jokes on them. Major causes of hazing are students wanting a sense of belonging in a big college campus. It has always been seen as a secretive campus act when it comes to fraternity.

 

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