How Far Will One Go to be Admitted into a Group

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How Far Will One Go to be Admitted into a Group? Being a freshman at college, one can experience many new things such as a new learning atmosphere, town, state, and people. It is easy to get lost in the crowd. For some people, making new friends can be a difficult process. One way colleges try to get people to meet and interact is by offering different clubs and sports teams. Joining an athletic team or a Greek organization is one way to meet new people. However, it is not so easy to become a member of some organizations. A new member may have to go through weeks of hazing before being admitted to a group. In the MSNBC article, “11,482 students from 53 different institutions were surveyed, the results of study were seventy four percent of members were hazed on varsity athletic teams and seventy three percent were hazed in fraternities and sororities” (Survey College Hazing Still Widespread). Hazing differs from one college to another. It generally consists of humiliation, degradation, exhaustion, physical and mental abuse, and excessive consumption of alcohol or other substances. Hazing is illegal in about forty one states, and for good reasons. Hazing is dangerous because it may cause potential members to have health injuries. Death and criminal convictions can be possible outcomes as well. There are many different ways of hazing. Some pledges endure psychological pain such as depression, while others suffer physical pain. It is hard to pinpoint a proper definition of hazing because many different types of mistreatments contribute to it. In an Alfred University survey, the survey defined hazing as “any activity expected of someone joining a group that humiliates, degrades, abuses or endangers, regardless of the person’s willingness to participate” (80% of College Athletes Victims of Hazing). Abuses such as humiliation, intimidation, exhaustion, and physical pain such as going out in cold weather
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naked are just a few ways groups do to pledges during hazing. About a year ago, a
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