Lifestyles Center Blog


Recently, there has been a lot of backlash surrounding the disapproval of hazing. However, the truth of the matter is, hazing is a dangerous and degrading practice that happens in many different spaces. While most students would agree that hazing is wrong, they don’t think they can do anything to change it. In her article “Don’t Just Stand There!,” Bonnie Boutet begins by asking us three questions:


What do you believe?           +           What do you know?           +           What do we do?


By asking ourselves these questions, we can better understand what is going on and, potentially, how we can stop it from happening. This article takes a different angle on hazing because it challenges those within the organization to make a change. If the members’ beliefs do not align with the practices of the organization, then they should not be afraid to take action. Instead of lecturing, this article demonstrates a new way for organization members to handle the uncomfortable, complicated situation presented by hazing. It shines a new light on the struggles and complexities of hazing. Hopefully after reading this article, it will be easier for you to take action the next time you see something that goes against your beliefs.

Written by Peer Educator, Sarah Pasquarelli

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