Hazing: Rightfully Banned Or Urgently Necessary?

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“Hazing” refers to any activity expected of someone joining a group (or to maintain full status in a group) that humiliates, degrades or risks emotional and/or physical harm, regardless of the person's willingness to participate ("Hazing Defined" 3). Going into a freshmen year of college, boys and girls these days are expected to join a Greek organization, whether it be their parents’ wishes or just the pressure of their friends joining. Through social media such as Facebook or Instagram, the involvement with Greek organizations is becoming more and more of a big deal. Because the desire to be in a popular sorority or fraternity is at a maximum high with our generation, there is no limit to what he or she will do to be accepted. Does hazing, though illegal in a majority of the United States, bring more negative issues or benefits to not only the organization itself, but to the universities as well? Through peoples’ personal stories, examples, and statistics, this essay will display both the good and the bad sides of hazing.
The history and laws about hazing are quickly becoming common knowledge to men and women involved in Greek organizations, due to the major issue of hazing becoming appealing as more members come to join. Anywhere somebody goes, he or she can expect to see a Greek organization tie. Nationally, there are about 9 million Greek members, including all eleven of the Apollo astronauts (Maisel 1). Because there are so many Greek members nationally, there are many different types of Greek organizations, such as strictly volunteer groups, honor societies, or the typical social organizations. No matter what type of Greek organization one joins, hazing is strictly illegal in a majority of the country. In California for example, hazing is defined as any method if initiation or pre-initiation into a student organization or student body that causes or is likely to cause serious bodily injury (Hsu 2). Many students are involved with hazing and are not even aware, mainly the victims. What classifies as hazing is becoming difficult to recognize because now a days, the lines between hazing and traditional rituals are becoming blurred. According to Will Keim, a popular spokesman for the dangers of hazing, “If you have to ask if it's hazing, it is” ("Hazing Defined" 9). Because the Greek organizations are continuing to increase popularity, many people are beginning to worry about hazing being a major issue for young adults.
Hazing is becoming a more serious issue as Greek organizations become more popular. As made to look like a joke in the popular movie Animal House, hazing is a very serious offense in the eyes of parents, adults, non-Greek members, etc., (Maisel 1). The Association of Fraternity Advisors have noted in the past that despite the amount of “anti-hazing campaigns” taught and spoken about on college campuses, they are very positive that hazing still exists more frequently than realized (Shaw 60-64). Too many people, hazing...

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