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Jenna Discusses Importance of Choice

As I mentioned before in my previous post, where does hazing stop? To which extent is it acceptable? To which extent is it too much?

Hazing to any extent is not acceptable. It is simply unethical. I have been reading various articles on hazing in college atmospheres. As a side note, to point out, anyone can watch the top ten countdowns of the best plays on ESPN after Sunday football games and Monday Night Football. You can listen to the top ten songs on the radio from whichever genre you want varying from station to station.

In both cases, for those who want to watch the top ten plays on ESPN or listen to one of their favorite songs on the radio in the top however many, it’s enjoyable. If these diehard fans and music lovers did not want to do either of these things, they have the choice not to. Having the choice to do what we want within legal limits is OK … right? It’s human rights!

But sororities and fraternities take “doing what they enjoy” to a whole new level. The titles of the articles I’ve been reading have all expressed the same message: top hazing incidents that have taken place within college campus. As I read, preventing hazing wasn’t even a thought. Students forcing others to do hideous activities is just cruel and unusual. Clearly, those who are victims of hazing within these groups have the choice to not be part of the numerous acts.

Just think though … who wouldn’t want to make the best of their college years, bonding with those around them? Who would think these acts to be accepted into sororities and fraternities would be life threatening and degrade a student’s own dignity?

Those demanding these acts have already gone through the pledging process and know everyone has limitations. What sick-minded people find it OK to make pledges do the “elephant walk” or “boob ranking?” Who would even want to watch these actions? To think those who’ve demanded pledges do various acts were the reason behind the death of an innocent human being is even more disheartening.

Acts such as drinking too much water, drinking too much alcohol, being suffocated and so on – these new people who want to be part of something “so great” and to bond with those who will influence their lives should not have to experience this. The leaders of fraternities and sororities should be an example of what to look forward building up to, not to be remembered in a negative matter. As long as these demands continue to happen, hazing will continue to increase and get worse. It seems with many leaders there is a blurred line to what is ethical and what is unethical.

As taught in grammar school, “treat others the way you want to be treated,” should be taught on college campuses as well, along with cases of various incidents that have happened within sororities and fraternities. Maybe it will ring a bell.

It’s worth trying anything at this point.

Jenna Tuttolomondo
Student President

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