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College Cancels Baseball Team’s Season

St. Olaf College in Minnesota has cancelled its baseball season for 2015. This is a result of hazing being performed not only outside of the campus, but also at the campus itself. Younger baseball players were made to serve the older players in rituals that were limited in explanation. The only known hazing was what occurred on the campus grounds, which included serving the older players food at the cafeteria as well as possible under-age drinking. Not only did they commit these acts, but they knew what they were doing was wrong. The college also confirmed that the players attempted to cover up the situation by posting about the acts on the app, Yik Yak. To their dismay, the college still uncovered this ruse.
I commend St. Olaf officials for ending the baseball season after these acts were committed. It’s a shame that in a society that prides itself on equality and doing the right thing, these things occur. Adulthood evidently is not something these children are ready for. Hazing is a serious issue in college sports, and no matter how often we continue to implement minor penalties, teams still think they can get away with it. Ending a whole season for hazing is the best first step to trying to stop this problem. Taking away a full season is a harsh penalty, and some may say hyperbolic. However, it seems to be the only way to stop hazing at the collegiate and high school levels. Sports are meant to be a fun event and activity for people to do to take up their discretionary time, not to give them nightmares and rue their involvement. With a player being sent to the hospital, it just proves how deadly and dangerous hazing is.
Hopefully, these children will realize what they have done, and become adults. They realized what they had been doing was not tolerated by the university or society, but still continued. Consequences are necessary, and in this case were completely justified.
-Andrew DiStefano / Hazing Prevention Center President

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