Fraternities and Sororities have been prominent on college campuses for nearly two centuries. Recently, Greek life has been receiving negative press about hazing, alcohol abuse, sexual assault, and binge drinking. I think Greek is negative and should be monitored more. I asked other students what their views were are on Greek life and majority of them agreed that it has more negative aspects than positive.
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Baruch College Students Charged in Fraternity Hazing Death Case
Four members of a fraternity at Baruch College in New York City were charged with third-degree murder, aggravated assault, hindering apprehension, hazing and other charges in connection with Deng’s death. Thirty-two other fraternity members face less serious charges, including aggravated assault and hazing. In a New York Times article, Authors
What is being done?
Hazing the new guys is always fun.
— Chris Chia (@thechrischia) December 10, 2015
Deaths as a result of hazing and binge drinking in fraternities has become an increasing problem. Fraternities don’t see the issue with hazing which is why they continuously do it to there new pledges. They see it as fun and entertaining and do not see the harmful effects that hazing causes. In the tweet above Chris Chia states that “Hazing the new guys is always fun.” The older members of fraternities think they have authority over the new pledges and the right to treat them poorly. Elizabeth Allen mentions in her podcast on how to prevent hazing in Greek life. To stop hazing people who witness it need to report it. Most people do not want to stop hazing because they do not want to be seen as a “snitch”. Greek life members who witness the hazing won’t report it because they do not want to be removed from the fraternity or sorority.
Many Fraternities and Sororities have “hell week” which usually involves the new members/pledges having to stay in the Fraternity or Sorority house for the week, not being allowed to return to their dorm rooms. They give them rules where they can only speak when given permission and have to dress up a certain way. At night they usually make the new members stay up until the very late hours of the morning or no sleep at all, leaving little time for sleep or studying. “Hell week” is very negative towards grades. This and hazing should be banned from Greek life. It does not benefit towards the Fraternity or Sorority at all so why impose this harsh treatment on others?