Archive for the 'Hazing' Category

10 Most Famous Hazing Cases

Wednesday, July 25th, 2012

Our friends at Online Colleges shared a piece on the 10 Most Famous Hazing Cases to Land in Court. This compilation of information about hazing, and the number of high profile cases in recent years, speaks to the gravity of the crime and to the consequences of not choosing to teach responsibility.

Readers, we invite your thoughts on Online Colleges’ piece.

Cornell verdict highlights college hazing, again

Thursday, June 28th, 2012

The New York Times reported that on Tuesday, June 26, three Cornell students accused of hazing and killing George Desdunes, a fraternity pledge, were acquitted. The court found the three men not guilty because there was no way to determine how much the student had had to drink before partaking in a fraternity ritual. Although the men were not found guilty, the defense lawyer argued,

I emphasize that there are no winners, because someone is dead and the family is in pain, and frankly, the lives of three young men are irrevocably harmed.

This case not only lacks a winner, but the tragic death and subsequent trial are yet another incident in a long line of college hazing stories. Hazing deaths occur with uncomfortable frequency on all college campuses and in all societies. The New York Times writes,

Mr. Desdunes’s death focused attention on the rituals that some fraternities and sororities undertake when inducting new pledges. National studies indicate that hazing — dares or challenges that often involve binge drinking and even violence — is common on college campuses across the country. In November, a drum major at Florida A&M University was beaten to death in what the Florida authorities described as a marching band hazing ritual; 13 people have been charged in his case.

Desdunes’ untimely death highlights the mistique surrounding college alcohol consumption and its use in hazing rituals. Students who go to college without an understanding of how to consume alcohol appropriately. As many hazing cases indicate, alcohol then becomes the tool used to initiate new members and the results of not teaching responsibility can be deadly.