Argumentative Essay On Hazing In College

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Over the past 15 years hazing has altered the college culture. Hazing has become a prevalent topic that is a major debate among college and universities. Each year that there isn’t an action taken against it, the amounts of deaths that come from it rise. Hazing is the act of torturing, forcing people against their wills, and humiliating them until they feel unworthy, or until they get very hurt. There have been a multitude of awful incidents that arose in different fraternities, as well as in other clubs and activities that colleges offer across the country. Many debates have risen on what to do to help prevent hazing, and the truth is you can’t. Colleges have suspended their fraternities for years, kicked students out, and gave lectures, which …show more content…
In a research study conducted by Babson College, “More than 60 people have died since 2005 in fraternity-related incidents, according to Bloomberg Data, and more than 70 colleges and universities are under investigation after accusations that the institutions improperly handled sexual assault cases,”(Pace). The death rates have risen to an insane amount, but on a less extreme note there has been several incidents that haven’t escalated as far. Other cases range from the death of two flamingos as a result of a fraternity scavenger hunt, to an inappropriate sign being hung up outside of their house,(Pace). Whether or not the incident resulted in a death or was just a stupid prank, fraternities are still put under a major spotlight. Another awful problem that came from hazing was when a Penn State student committed suicide while rushing a fraternity. Allegedly there were pictures found on his phone of “a man blindfolded with a gun to his head, and they also found messages explaining that pledges had to choose between penetrating themselves with a sex toy or snorting cocaine,” (Pace). As graphic as that case was, it’s the reality of what is happening at these colleges. Sadly, it was too late to help him, but if more parents knew what was going on in these fraternities then innocent lives wouldn’t be …show more content…
There are several steps that would be effective to take against hazing. One big step we can do is getting the word out. Getting the word out to parents, friends, and younger students that are planning on attending college will be the most effective start to ending this. If more people are informed on the awful, dangerous stories of hazing done to college students, there might be a way to get current or incoming students to help prevent anything bad happening. If parents knew what their kids have to go through, they would without a doubt put an end to it. Involving families and friends can give more of a voice to this issue. Another way to help this would be to give more education to the younger generations in high school going into college. High school is home to a big part of the hazing culture, so that might be the best place to start. If there are steps to inform students of how dangerous it can be, and to make sure it doesn’t start there, then college will be a lot safer for these kids. Many of them have no idea what is waiting for them when they join a sports team or fraternity, but with education they will. Although it is important to do anything to end this awful college craze, it is important to do more than just kick students, clubs and fraternities off campus. As easy of a way out that can be, it will not solve anything. College students will find any

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