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When most people hear the term hazing it conjures up images of fraternities Inreality however hazing occurs in many arenas including fraternities sororities the militaryathletic teams and student organizations at both high school and college levels In facthazing incidents are dramatically different from the humorous images many people associatewith the term Hazing by definition is any action or situation which does not contribute tothe positive development of a person by causing mental or physical discomfort orembarrassment of any kind It may also be defined as an action or situation thatintentionally or unintentionally endangers a persons life for any reason Author of severalbooks on hazing Hank Nuwer said that hazing has been associated with more than fiftydeaths in college fraternities and countless more physical injuries including paralysis not tomention the devastating emotional effects that can result for so many young men andwomen4 Responsibility is a major issue concerning hazing and when danger is notpresent it should not be considered hazingFitting in at college is a big deal especially for freshman The most popular way tofit in meet a lot of new people and to become involved with new surroundings is to join asorority or fraternity A person thinking of joining one of these organizations should askthemselves one important question how far should they go Should this person be forcedto put up with paddling or striking marking or branding restricting class attendance orbeing deprived of proper amounts of sleep needed to maintain daily life When a studentaccepts a bid he or she begins pledging to that particular fraternity or sorority The pledgeperiod could last anywhere from a few weeks to several months Fraternity pledge periodsare usually more physically demanding than that of a sorority Once pledging is completed the person becomes a member of that particular fraternity or sorority The fall semester is pledge period on almost every American college campus Students are striving to fit in by doing things such as drinking unreasonable amounts ofalcohol and
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