Hazing (subjecting newcomers to abusive or humiliating tricks and ridicule) has always been seen as a secretive campus activity when it comes to fraternities and pledging. As a result, Dr. Mark Taff resorted in his article that, "..a series of 168 cases of injuries and deaths related to fraternity hazing activities...[occurred] in the United States between 1923 and 1982" (2113). Young college men are being hospitalized and even worse, dying, just for a couple of friends that give them a sense of belonging. The major causes of hazing are the students' wanting a sense of belonging in a big college campus, the college's infrequent knowledge of what occurs in fraternities, and the unwillingness of fraternities to change tradition. Since hazing
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Not many men would do this for a group of friends, but it is happening every semester in college campuses today. Not only are college men being hospitalized but many are putting their lives on the line, and even dying, just so they can be considered a "brother" in a fraternity. Nevertheless, it is not the pledge's fault, in getting himself into this type of situation.
<br>A third cause of hazing is that the fraternities know exactly what they are doing and they know what they can get away with most of it, since college administrators are not doing anything to prevent hazing. The events that happen in the fraternity world are largely secretive, some even go "underground," just so they do not get caught. This should tell college administrators that the fraternities are trying to hide something, and that something is illegal and wrongful. Many fraternities require their members to take a vow of secrecy and "to expose criminal behavior by a frat brother, for example, is referred to within the fraternity as 'catting' an offense punishable by even more severe beatings" (Milloy C1). Universities are blind when it comes to fraternity hazing. As stated in the book, "Broken Pledges," by Eileen Steven, "when administrators have a limited definition of hazing, deaths and injuries will continue to go unrecorded..." (Nuwer 27).
<br>Hazing has been a part of fraternities in the Unites States since 1830.