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Why We Should End Hazing in Greek Life

Some people may think that hazing isn’t a problem or might just think it doesn’t happen at all. These opinions are because hazing happens behind closed doors and has become very secretive because of the amount of trouble students can get in if they are caught. I feel that hazing has become a huge problem among universities and really needs to be addressed on to find solutions.
Hazing in general can happen in sports teams, high school and the military, but I feel that it is currently a huge issue in college Greek Life. It is a huge problem among many universities across the country and there have been laws passed in some states to end it, but it always seems to occur in many fraternities and sororities. Hazing does not only affect people physically, but mentally as well. It is an abuse of power that can have devastating and life-threatening consequences. When I think of hazing, I immediately think of forcing a younger student to drink alcohol in a short amount of time. I personally think that a person should not have to drink alcohol or do an asinine prank to become a member of a group. It is a group working towards a certain cause and they shouldn’t be associating alcohol with their induction into the group.
There have been many tragic events that have happened in the past that have been related to hazing in college. Statistics from Hank Nuwer (1990) show that hazing has been associated with more than 50 deaths in college fraternities and countless more physical injuries. (stophazing.org) One tragic story that has happened is of Eileen Stevens and her oldest son Chuck. Stevens lost her son Chuck in 1978 when he was a victim of a drinking related activity at Klan Alpine at Alfred University. The university and fraternity did not take any responsibility for Chuck’s death and did not investigate further. Stevens…...

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