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Hazing a reverse welcome

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Fraternities and sororities are starting to welcome their new members. But it seems at times, welcoming can get confused with hazing. Some are trying to stop this.

During the past few days, Baker students observed National Hazing Prevention Week.

On Tuesday, students were encouraged to sign their names in chalk, showing their support to end nationwide hazing.

It’s nice to see that some students are willing to let go of traditional hazing.

If you look up the word haze on www.dictionary.com, the definition is to abuse freshmen and newcomers, especially, with shameful tricks and ridicule.

Why would a fraternity or sorority put its new members through that? Because they were once put through the same? Is that ever really a good reason to do something?

When greek organizations haze their new members, students who may or may not be interested in recruitment turn away.

But it’s not just the physical abuse associated with the hazing we’re used to hearing about. There’s emotional and even mental abuse, too. Why put new members through that? They’re already nervous about being in a new place and are just wanting to fit in. Hazing can exclude them from those in their organization.

Greeks organizations call their members brothers and sisters. Hazing in any form is no way to welcome a new brother or sister into their greek families.

It seems backward to welcome new members by playing tricks on them. <br/>What happened to brotherly or sisterly love? Hopefully it makes a comeback.What happened to brotherly or sisterly love? Hopefully it makes a comeback.
What happened to brotherly or sisterly love? Hopefully it makes a comeback.