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Fraternity hazing

Dkline39Dkline39 Posts: 84Registered User Junior Member
edited August 2012 in College Life
You never really hear about fraternity hazing unless it's so bad that someone dies or a frat gets kicked off campus, so I'm just wondering, how bad is frat hazing usually? You only hear about the extremes, so what do you guys think is normal is frat hazing?
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  • TracyJacksonTracyJackson Posts: 197Registered User Junior Member
    In my college, I've heard about what the rush and bid process is.

    We don't have a serious hazing process, in fact, our Greek life office strictly forbid hazing of any form. They really do monitor the houses and conduct anonymous polls on if recruits feel like they are being hazed or embarrassed in a negative way. Also, our campus police is real strict on underage drinking. They staffed a police desk near the Greek housing and monitor their partying.

    Of course, different schools have different frat hazing degree. Some are bad and others are ok...and it varies from fraternity to fraternity. Do your research and leave a rush/bid if you ever feel threatened or seriously embarrassed negatively by some of the process.
  • maizeandblue21maizeandblue21 Posts: 622Registered User Member
    ^If you actually believe what you just wrote you're in for a rude awakening.
  • TracyJacksonTracyJackson Posts: 197Registered User Junior Member
    Well, several of our Greek houses got fined last year for having alcohol near the housing buildings. Our campus police did a house sweep every Sunday and I know from the campus newspaper a couple police dogs were used for sniffing out drugs and alcohol smell.

    We have decent Greek system in my opinion...I believe the campus newspaper reported 21 or 22 hazing fines last fall...
  • maizeandblue21maizeandblue21 Posts: 622Registered User Member
    There can be fines or little slaps on the wrist but the fact remains that no fraternity will check someone's age before serving alcohol and almost none will abide by a no hazing policy. You're class of 16 you don't quite know yet.
  • HDMADCKHDMADCK Posts: 60Registered User Junior Member
    No one can tell you what fraternities do because its a secret tradition. Hazing is illegal also so liability issues.
  • Kel2012Kel2012 Posts: 164Registered User Junior Member
    Try joining a Sorority instead, you wouldn't have to worry about hazing or any mean things guys do. JK.
  • maizeandblue21maizeandblue21 Posts: 622Registered User Member
    Look, I'm in a fraternity and I know what we do. I also hear plenty of what other houses do around campus. Yeah, hazing is technically probably illegal but nobody cares or enforces it. Same with underage drinking, just another one of those things that become not really a big deal at all.
  • Dkline39Dkline39 Posts: 84Registered User Junior Member
    Yeah, I know it'll happen no matter what. I would expect there to be at least a little bit, but I just wonder is it really that bad or does the media just blow it out of proportion?
  • amarkovamarkov Posts: 2,288Registered User Senior Member
    In most fraternities, it's not as bad as you might be led to believe by the constant "boy dies during hazing!" stories.

    However, those stories do occur, and they aren't always at the same place. You're probably not going to be put in mortal danger, but chances are you will be humiliated and hurt and asked to consume excessive alcohol. If your attitute towards hazing is anything less enthusiastic "That sounds like a cool way to build brotherhood, maaaaaaan", I honestly think you would be happier not in a fraternity.
  • i_wanna_be_Browni_wanna_be_Brown Posts: 5,260Registered User Senior Member
    As a former frat president I can assure you that not all houses haze, and anyone who says all houses do is just trying to justify their behavior. I don't know what fraction does or doesn't but don't let anyone kid you into thinking it's a necessary part of the process.
  • prezbuckyprezbucky Posts: 724Registered User Member
    It really isn't that bad... chapters (and the home office...) make money by getting people to join them. Do you think they are going to make you so miserable that you will not want to join?

    Probably in the vast, vast majority of chapters (and pledges who are involved in Rush with them), the answer is "No."

    The main missions of most fraternities are these:

    1) Make the members better men
    2) Serve the campus/community
    3) Have fun
    4) Foster brotherhood among members

    At my fraternity, the worst I was subjected to was being asked to clean a sink that had vomit in it. Seriously. No pushing pennies, fire dancing, being forced to slam a six-pack or funnel/"gravity bong" a gallon of beer, etc. People try those things, sure, but at their own behest.

    You might be asked to get up and get a brother a beer or a soda. You might be asked to order a pizza. Not pay for it -- do the ordering. Simple things like that.
  • thankyou4flyingthankyou4flying Posts: 789Registered User Member
    It really depends on the school's policies regarding Greek life, and more specifically the policies of the frats and sororities themselves. At my school, there are certain houses (more so the sororities) that have no hazing. Whether that is followed 100% I'm not sure, because I don't participate in Greek life, but I have a couple of friends in certain sororities who have told me that there is no hazing.

    I think with frats it's a bit of a different situation, simply because a lot of frats want to push the new guys to the limit and see how much they can endure. A lot of it isn't really THAT bad - a friend of mine from my floor said that once a week they'd take all the pledges to run 7 miles or do one of those military workouts (100 pull ups/200 push ups/300 sit ups, although they did much less since very few people can actually do that). On the flip side, my friend who lived across from me had to endure a lot of hazing. During his hell week, he lost 9 or 10 pounds and had massive bruises on his knees from having to walk on rice and eggshells on the floor. I don't know all the specific details but it was pretty brutal.
  • prezbuckyprezbucky Posts: 724Registered User Member
    rice and egg shells? that is awful. we did nothing even approaching that.
  • beoleinbeolein Posts: 645Registered User Member
    It depends on the fraternity, the campus, and the individual house. It ranges from none to life-threatening.
  • TheVetTheVet Posts: 348Registered User Member
    though illegal some will still do hazing. none of it is going to cause you any real harm in the end. and if thats not for you , then dont go with that frat
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