Fraternity Hazing Essay

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Persuasive Paper Colleges strictly ban any type of hazing affiliated with school fraternities because they say it is dangerous, unlawful, and cruel; but are there meaningful lessons behind them or is it just a bunch of students thinking they are a hierarchy. The dictionary states hazing as: To persecute or harass with meaningless, difficult, or humiliating tasks; with that definition all we picture in our minds is physical punishment, alcohol abuse, and daunting task created for amusement. Although the choice of joining a fraternity has obligations with hazing, what they consider traditions, an individual has a right to refuse any affiliation towards those activities. Often those tasks are not just for amusement of upper classmen within the fraternity; however; they are traditions that are passed on. These obstacles often test young men for their loyalty to the fraternity. These tasks usually build respect, trust, endurance, health, and a stronger brotherhood, which is what a fraternity is all about. Colleges should unban hazing and allow it at college campuses. Although there are many cases of student deaths having to do with hazing, it is a small percentage compared to the numbers of brothers that have crossed into active members. Incidents of deaths from hazing like those of Mathew Carrington are tragic; “two pledges were ordered downstairs and told to do calisthenics in raw sewage that had leaked on the floor. For hours, according to district attorney Mike Ramsey, they were interrogated and taunted. There were forced pushups and trivia quizzes. Through it all, Carrington and Quintana were ordered to drink from a five-gallon jug of water, which was filled over and over. Fans blasted icy air on their wet bodies. They urinated and vomited on themselves. Then, according to DA Ramsey, something went terribly wrong. Carrington collapsed and started to seizure and
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