Lately, fraternities around the country have been undergoing speculation due to a recent surplus of hazing and racism.
On Wednesday, March 25th, an 18-year-old man who attended the University of South Carolina was found dead on the porch of his fraternity, Pi Kappa Alpha. His death was more than likely caused by alcohol poisoning, being that they found his body next to an empty keg and St. Patrick’s Day decorations.
The Richland County Coroner’s Office ruled it as a “suspicious death.”
Previously, the University of Oklahoma fraternity Sigma Alpha Epsilon was caught on video encouraging racism on a bus on the way to a party. Two students were expelled. The fraternity was suspended by the chapter as well.
The question is, what is becoming of the Greek life? Students come to these competitive universities to get a quality education and also to have some fun. Why is it that people always have to see fraternity members ending up dead or getting expelled?
Even at prestigious universities such as Dartmouth, pledge hazing continues to rise to more extreme extents. The “Animal House” fraternity Alpha Delta Phi at Dartmouth is in legal trouble as well as trouble with the school for branding their pledges.
Branding is incredibly dehumanizing and should not be even related to fraternity practices whatsoever.
Fraternities around the world need to reevaluate their core values and take a stand against hazing that causes physical and emotional harm. Of course, hazing won’t stop completely, but to limit it would be a success.
Though these are all bad examples of fraternity lifestyle, light does shine through with the University of Utah’s Beta Theta Pi fraternity. This fraternity won the award of distinction, the highest award that can be given to any fraternity by The North American Interfraternity Conference.
Beta Theta has raised money for and volunteered at the Rape Recovery Center in Utah for the past two years.
Vincent Fu, vice president of internal operations at Beta Theta, said he wants all of the members to be involved in at least one club and also to be well educated on how to deal with sexual violence situations.
It is rare to see a positive example of fraternities, but they do exist. Other fraternities need to make a change for the good and stop harming and hazing freshmen. Freshman year of college is the hardest time of some people’s lives; there is no need to make it any worse through the pledge process.
The answer lies in the timeless phrase that parents always tell their children: moderation is everything.