The Pros And Cons Of Hazing And Drinking

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“Why do so many young people literally die to belong to fraternities, sororities, and other college social organizations? The answer is complicated, but here is a starting point: Ever since the medieval universities were founded, young people have done whatever it takes to gain acceptance, to break with their past lives, to achieve a sense of power, to carve out a society of their own that isn 't quite what their tutors and teachers had in mind. In the United States, hazing and drinking have been endemic since colonial days.” - Hank Nuwer. Nuwer, Hank. Wrongs of Passage: Fraternities, Sororities, Hazing, and Binge Drinking. Bloomington: Indiana UP, 1999. Print.
Hazing has been around since the early 1400s.”Kimbrough, Walter M. "The Hazing
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Additionally, students who are hazed rarely decide to report it for fear of retaliation and further harassment and threats from the very groups they are trying to join. This is a side effect of the power and control dynamic. Hazing is often rationalized as an effective way to teach discipline and respect, or to foster brotherhood or teamwork. Of course it has just the opposite effect. Those who are hazed rarely respect those that hazed them. Instead there is isolation, formation of cliques and mistrust. None of these are present in successful organizations or teams. In fact, the opposite is often true.
Hazing often can start out as something small or seemingly insignificant. Gradually as one group tries to outdo the group before it, the hazing becomes more intense. It is important to address even the seemingly minor incidents of hazing in order to put a stop to those that are more serious. "Student Conduct & Conflict Resolution." Dean of Students Office UF. N.p., 23 Mar. 2016. Web. 01 May

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