An Analysis Of Rho-Lief: Raising The Curtain On Hazing

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A Psi of Rho-lief: Raising the Curtain on Hazing A couple days before I moved into the residence halls, my friend asked me to join a sorority that has a chapter here at UC Riverside called Gamma Phi Beta. I cringed for a moment and immediately rejected her offer because the only words that came to my mind that are associated with sororities were alcohol, parties, and sex. Before college, I believed that sororities were basically overrated and expensive social clubs that only beautiful, elite girls could join. Greek organizations have such awful reputations for partying, hazing, and disregard for academics. I completely detest the idea of allowing others the power to control me, so why would I join a sorority? I wouldn’t. I saw enough…show more content…
When a rushee is given a sorority or fraternity bid and then accepts it, he or she becomes a new member of the organization, which in the Greek life is known as a pledge. It is common for pledges to be put through a ritual involving some sort of harassment, humiliation, or abuse as a way of initiation into a social group—this is called hazing. Hazing comes in many forms including mental, physical, or even sexually oriented activities. Hazing activities involve various kinds of ridicule and humiliation within the social group or even in the public. The most common aggressive acts of hazing include breaking into the pledge’s room and beating them, forcing the pledge to stand outside in the cold without any clothes on, forcing the pledge to steal from rival sororities or fraternities, and, in some cases, even forcing the pledge to have sex with anyone the pledge leader so commands. The acts of hazing actually began in 1657 when Harvard University officials fined some upperclassmen for freshmen hazing. During that time, many college presidents encouraged hazing as they saw it as a way to teach precedence, build school loyalty, and assimilate students from all economic classes (Nuwer 10). In the early 1980’s and 1990’s, the popularity of hazing raised substantially which resulted in fraternities…show more content…
Just because a week is dedicated to make students aware and educated about hazing, it does not mean that the problem will be fully eliminated. In fact, there is no foolproof way to eradicate hazing as a whole. The goal of anti-hazing week would not be to completely eliminate hazing, but to just educate and warn students about it. Another objection that an individual could potentially have against anti-hazing week would be the financial strain it could have on The Well. The university allocates $45,000 a year to The Well to sponsor programs that promote student wellness, so it is evident that printing pamphlets would not be a financial barrier on the organization itself. The truth about this hazing prevention week is that it may be difficult to muster a group of students that will be willing to participate. The point of the program is not to gather a mass number of students; rather it is to assemble a few students, at the very least. The Well’s peer mentors would be actively meeting with students, talking with potential rushees and students in general in order to spread the word about the center’s

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