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TOPIC: hazing at the college level

hazing at the college level 19 Sep 2014 02:46 #5300

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Hazing has become a trending topic in the recent past years. Its seems as if it is now an integral part of many college students social life. California State Univeristy, Northridge has made it to the news headline in the past couple of month as a result of hazing affiliated accident. A student at this university died as a result of hazing and brought greater awareness on how little tolerance there needs to be for such conduct at a university affiliated event. This student was a victim of hazing and on a fraternity affiliated hike died. College student sometimes tend to get caught up in climbing the social strata with out considering the consequences that can result of their bad decisions. The fraternity chapter was closed and the students involved in the incident now face being suspended and even expelled from the university. There needs to be more awareness about how hazing is not acceptable and theres needs to be stricter policies forcing the greek organizations as well as other organizations to not promote hazing at all.
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hazing at the college level 20 Sep 2014 20:57 #5308

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Even if we are not personally being hazed, you have brought up a very interesting topic. Because we are college students I feel like hazing affects all of us in some way or another. For me, since I am currently in community college, I don't see active greek organizations around on a normal day to day basis, but my friends who are away at universities have told me all about them—both from an insiders perspective and as someone just watching from the sidelines. Hazing has been an ongoing issue for a number of years, and I think it was much easier to hide before. Now with new media and technology, the brutal hazing events and their affects have become much easier for the public to gain knowledge of. It seems like many people accept hazing as a ritual and necessity for a person to become a part of a collegiate greek family, but in reality it's a terrible part of the "college experience" that needs to be diminished for good. People need to understand that what may seem like fun and games quickly turns into death and disaster; and although many do make it through alive, some long-term affects can be emotionally scarring. I think hazing is solely noticed in fraternities, but I think it definitely takes place in some sororities too—either way both must be stopped. I agree with how you said there needs to be a lot more awareness and stricter policies, hopefully this will be able to make serious changes happen and end hazing as a whole in the near future.
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hazing at the college level 22 Sep 2014 02:20 #5339

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Hazing is a huge issue in colleges across the country, especially given the fact that students have been killed by something so preventable. While fraternities and sororities are usually responsible for hazing incidents, I've also heard of some elite societies that haze as well. While I understand hazing is a college tradition and is supposed to "put new members in line" with the rest of the group, I agree with you that this practice must be stopped. Not only is hazing dangerous, it can also cause physiological trauma and create numerous other issues. Bullying is something that schools have really tried to address over the past several years, so my hope is that hazing will soon be taken care of as well.
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