Thursday, March 15, 2007

The Difference Between Pledging and Hazing

The Frat Boy News Daily College Column
By Justin Poythress, Vanderbilt University

The issue of fraternity hazing is a rather old one in the sense that it has been debated countless times in countless different environments and situations. However, in light of the latest incident in this long chain affecting Phi Kappa Psi, I feel it is important to discuss some basic realities people seem unwilling to face.

Every organization employs some form of hazing, or, more accurately, a new member initiation process. Each organization has its own individual traits, regulations and expectations and new members must learn and accept these before they are able to display the identity of the larger group. Whether this process is something basic such as a list of rules on a sheet you must sign, such as the Honor Code, or something more intricate and intense like military boot camp, the processes exist universally.

Now, in our specific university situation, the difference I see between pledging and hazing is that hazing is any process meant to make new members feel inferior or uncomfortable in any way; more specific guidelines are comprehensive and numerous. Just so we're on the same plane here, it should also be understood that all fraternities, if examined closely, probably would be found in violation of the hazing policy. It should also be noted that there will rarely be a “hazing incident” resulting in disciplinary action unless a disgruntled pledge snitches on his own group.

However, I would argue that the university should remove the choke-chain from the fraternities. I am not a member of a fraternity, but I have seen these foolish and destructive measures taken in the name of creating a safe environment. No matter what rules exist, there will always be ways to get around them to allow a fraternity to do whatever it likes in secret. I also think it is fair to say that in the long run, nobody, especially the fraternity, wishes to see pledges getting beaten, set on fire or poisoned. Word does spread about what type of pledging the fraternities exercise, and the ones going over the top with intense hazing are doomed to decline in popularity.

The best argument as to why the university should not concern itself with fraternity pledging is because the pledging process should be a contract between the individual student and the fraternity. If a student or pledge is upset or uncomfortable with a fraternity’s deeds he should leave. There is no need to make the situation any more complicated than that. I am in no way advocating violent or “intense” hazing, but when one joins a Greek organization, he shoulders the responsibility of the group’s requirements. If he does not find those requirements acceptable, he may always leave the group, but there is no need to complain to someone else and in doing so take away the opportunities of others.

Justin Poythress is a sophomore in Vanderbilt's Peabody College.

59 comments:

Anonymous said...

That is a load of crap, Pledging should have limits. Hazing or pledging becomes and issue when students are pressured to do activities that are unsafe if there is no real danger then it doesn't interest the members of the frat or sorority. Some act that frats and sororities force pledges to do are certainly beyond the bounds of acceptability and sometimes even the law. Hazing should be monitored and subjected to scrutiny by the college.

Anonymous said...

Even if hazing seems to not be a big deal, you're not actually hurting them etc. it evolves over the years. Study those cases where extreme hazing has occurred. I'll bet you will find that it started with seemingly harmless actions even just a few years before. Be accountable for your actions. Hazing is illegal and it is illegal to not report hazing even if you are the one experiencing it. That is why it is important for pledges to report hazing and not just quit.

Anonymous said...

how do you get kicked out of a fraternity???????

Anonymous said...

[u][b]Xrumer[/b][/u]

[b]Xrumer SEO Professionals

As Xrumer experts, we have been using [url=http://www.xrumer-seo.com]Xrumer[/url] quest of a large immediately for the time being and know how to harness the enormous power of Xrumer and build it into a Cash machine.

We also provender the cheapest prices on the market. Assorted competitors desire cost 2x or square 3x and a end of the term 5x what we debt you. But we believe in providing enormous service at a debilitated affordable rate. The entire something of purchasing Xrumer blasts is because it is a cheaper variant to buying Xrumer. So we train to abide by that bit in mind and outfit you with the cheapest censure possible.

Not simply do we have the unexcelled prices but our turnaround time for the treatment of your Xrumer posting is super fast. We will pull someone's leg your posting done ahead of you distinguish it.

We also outfit you with a full log of affluent posts on different forums. So that you can catch a glimpse of for yourself the power of Xrumer and how we be struck by harnessed it to gain your site.[/b]


[b]Search Engine Optimization

Using Xrumer you can expect to see thousands upon thousands of backlinks in behalf of your site. Tons of the forums that your Site you intent be posted on oblige acute PageRank. Having your link on these sites can truly expropriate strengthen up some cover quality endorse links and genuinely boost your Alexa Rating and Google PageRank rating owing to the roof.

This is making your instal more and more popular. And with this developing in reputation as well as PageRank you can think to appreciate your milieu in effect downright high in those Search Motor Results.
Conveyance

The amount of see trade that can be obtained nearby harnessing the power of Xrumer is enormous. You are publishing your plat to tens of thousands of forums. With our higher packages you may equivalent be publishing your locality to HUNDREDS of THOUSANDS of forums. Create 1 brief on a popular forum will almost always rig out 1000 or so views, with signify 100 of those people visiting your site. Modern create tens of thousands of posts on in demand forums all getting 1000 views each. Your freight ordain function through the roof.

These are all targeted visitors that are interested or curious nearly your site. Assume how divers sales or leads you can fulfil with this great gang of targeted visitors. You are line for line stumbling upon a goldmine friendly to be picked and profited from.

Keep in mind, Above is Money.
[/b]

BECOME ENTHUSIASTIC ABOUT YOUR TWOPENNY BURST TODAY:


http://www.xrumer-seo.com

Anonymous said...

Analyse Our Dastardly Prices at www.Pharmashack.com, The Prime [b][url=http://www.pharmashack.com]Online Druggist's [/url][/b] To [url=http://www.pharmashack.com]Buy Viagra[/url] Online ! You Can also Feeling to Mammoth Deals When You [url=http://www.pharmashack.com/en/item/cialis.html]Buy Cialis[/url] and When You You [url=http://www.pharmashack.com/en/item/levitra.html]Buy Levitra[/url] Online. We Also Be subjected to a Ginormous Generic [url=http://www.pharmashack.com/en/item/phentermine.html]Phentermine[/url] In compensation Your Safeguard ! We Huckster M‚layer splotch [url=http://www.pharmashack.com/en/item/viagra.html]Viagra[/url] and Also [url=http://www.pharmashack.com/en/item/generic_viagra.html]Generic Viagra[/url] !

Anonymous said...

Relish casinos? affirm this modish [url=http://www.realcazinoz.com]casino[/url] advisor and striving online casino games like slots, blackjack, roulette, baccarat and more at www.realcazinoz.com .
you can also outwit our siren [url=http://freecasinogames2010.webs.com]casino[/url] orientate at http://freecasinogames2010.webs.com and gullible imprisonment corporeal bucks !
another callow [url=http://www.ttittancasino.com]casino spiele[/url] perspective is www.ttittancasino.com , in retribution german gamblers, arise since manumitted online casino bonus.

Anonymous said...

Dear Elsie,

For long time I use this free software: [url=http://www.freeflvtomp3converter.com]FLV to MP3 free converter[/url].

FLV to MP3 free converter is a free YouTube, MegaVideo, FunnyJunk and similar video sites to MP3 Converter and allows you to convert a video to MP3 file.

This software is fast, free, and requires no signup. All you need is a FLV Video file, and this software will extract the MP3, and give you an audio file.

So you are able to listen to your favorite YouTube tracks on every MP3 player.

You can download it for free at [url=http://www.freeflvtomp3converter.com]www.freeflvtomp3converter.com[/url].

I hope this help you.

Anonymous said...

Hi Guys,Just registered here and looking to have a great time. I am looking for the best cash gifting program out there in the internet. Can you guide me?

Below are some sites that I found and I am not sure how much they are going to help me.
[url=http://www.squidoo.com/Residual-Cash-Forever-Cash-Gifting-System]cash gifting[/url]
[url=http://www.squidoo.com/Residual-Cash-Forever-Cash-Gifting-System]join cash gifting[/url]
[url=http://www.squidoo.com/Residual-Cash-Forever-Cash-Gifting-System]best cash gifting program[/url]

Anonymous said...

Antwan FTW?!

Anonymous said...

top [url=http://freeonlinecasinogambling.co.uk/]roulette[/url] coincide the latest [url=http://www.casinolasvegass.com/]free casino[/url] free no consign perk at the leading [url=http://www.baywatchcasino.com/]casino online
[/url].

Anonymous said...

generic viagra viagra for cheap online - can buy viagra dubai

Anonymous said...

viagra online without prescription cheap viagra australia online - can order viagra online us

Anonymous said...

buy soma soma tacoma - buy soma online cheap

Anonymous said...

buy soma online soma muscle relaxer online - soma bras outlet

Anonymous said...

buy soma soma san diego side stage - soma pills brave new world

Anonymous said...

buy soma generic soma 446 - buy soma everwear

Anonymous said...

buy soma discount somac - buy soma no prescription

Anonymous said...

buy soma online buy soma online pharmacy - soma medication 350

Anonymous said...

buy soma online drug enforcement agency soma - soma smoothie

Anonymous said...

buy soma online buy soma underwear - soma muscle relaxer milligrams

Anonymous said...

buy soma buy soma online next day delivery - buy real soma online

Anonymous said...

soma online pharmacy soma muscle relaxer over counter - medication named soma

Anonymous said...

buy soma online how to buy somatropin in usa - soma medication cost

Anonymous said...

soma online pharmacy soma generic vs watson - soma compared other muscle relaxers

Anonymous said...

buy soma online online soma - buy soma online cod

Anonymous said...

soma pills how to order soma - soma online

Anonymous said...

generic soma medication stronger than soma - buy cheap soma overnight

Anonymous said...

buy tramadol online cheap ultram tramadol made - buy tramadol no prescription 100 mg

Anonymous said...

buy cialis online price viagra versus cialis - cheap cialis china

Anonymous said...

buy tramadol online tramadol withdrawal suboxone - tramadol hcl 50 mg dosage

Anonymous said...

xanax online xanax side effects erectile dysfunction - xanax generic green

Anonymous said...

xanax drug xanax side effects long term - xanax for acute anxiety

Anonymous said...

buy tramadol took 3 50mg tramadol - tramadol 50mg tablets dosing

Anonymous said...

xanax online xanax 0.25 effects - difference xanax generic xanax

Anonymous said...

buy tramadol 100mg online tramadol overdose antidote - buy tramadol online no prescription cod

Anonymous said...

generic xanax buy alprazolam online cheap - will xanax show up drug test

Anonymous said...

carisoprodol 350 mg generic name for carisoprodol - cheap carisoprodol

Anonymous said...

buy tramadol treatment of tramadol addiction - tramadol hcl 50 mg is used for

Anonymous said...

buy carisoprodol buy carisoprodol online cheap - carisoprodol overdose emedicine

Anonymous said...

generic xanax xanax joint and muscle pain - xanax 0.5 high

Anonymous said...

carisoprodol 350 mg long carisoprodol your system - carisoprodol sub for soma

Anonymous said...

buy carisoprodol carisoprodol 350 mg photo - carisoprodol or soma

Anonymous said...

cialis no prescription overnight cialis price in australia - cialis 20 mg price

Anonymous said...

buy cialis online with prescription generic cialis for sale - generic cialis work

Anonymous said...

cialis without prescription once daily cialis side effects - buy cialis with no prescription

Anonymous said...

xanax online buy alprazolam online prescription - whitney houston xanax dosage

Anonymous said...

buy cialis online usa cialis price in costco - where to buy cialis 200mg

Anonymous said...

cialis online cheap cialis us online - cialis vs viagra buy online

Anonymous said...

buy tramadol tramadol for dogs effects - buy tramadol online no prescription usa

Anonymous said...

buy klonopin online long term klonopin for anxiety - qualitest pharmaceuticals klonopin

Anonymous said...

http://buytramadolonlinecool.com/#56411 cheap tramadol - best place to buy tramadol online reviews

Anonymous said...

http://buytramadolonlinecool.com/#73892 tramadol withdrawal medicine - tramadol for dogs ok for humans

Anonymous said...

order klonopin klonopin wafers cost - buy klonopin online canada

Anonymous said...

buy tramadol online where to buy tramadol forum - tramadol 50mg overnight

Anonymous said...

http://www.integrativeonc.org/adminsio/buyklonopinonline/#9183 klonopin withdrawal or anxiety - klonopin side effects anger

Anonymous said...

http://www.msn.com/ - [url=http://www.msn.com/]msn[/url] msn
msn

Anonymous said...

http://southcarolinaaccidentattorney.com/#60124 soma carisoprodol tablets dosage - carisoprodol kidney function

Anonymous said...

carisoprodol buy carisoprodol overdose amount - carisoprodol 350 mg with alcohol

Anonymous said...

carisoprodol 350 mg carisoprodol other drugs in same class - can carisoprodol kill you

Template Design | Elque 2007