I think it is. I think it does create this incredible peer pressure/group-think that kids outside the Greek system don't have to deal with.
I believe that any group can exhibit this type of pressure. Making it only about the greek system is narrow minded. In colleges that have the intestinal fortitude to actually make very public their hazing sanctions, you will find all kinds of groups getting in trouble. Are the greeks included...of course. The cheerleaders...yes them too. And then there are the pharmacy honor fraternity...they have been busted too.
When you look at the list below and see the greek names, please realize that many of these are "honor" fraternities, not Interfraternity Council or Panhellenic Council, the two groups that umbrella what everyone here is labeling the "greek community". While not on this list issued by the University of Texas, but very public, are the marching band hazing incidents. Hazing is not just a greek issue but it sure is an easy target when the topic comes up. It would be too hard to finger point the band, the cheerleaders and the pharmacy majors. Because if we did that, the "non-greeks" might be looking in the mirror and that type of self reflection might just be too hard. http://deanofstudents.utexas.edu/dos...Memorandum.pdf