MASTERING MONDAY: HAZING
This article is a personal account from Scott Mietchen, a graduate of the University of Utah, and brother of Phi Delta Theta. It illustrates his journey from being hazed, to becoming a hazer, to stopping hazing. He discusses his own personal experiences, and the mental, and social repercussions. It offers a cool, unbiased perspective on the hazing process. A great read!
Watch this: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DvknIZ00pj4
This is video presented by DNews titled “Why We Let Hazing Happen” breaks down the psychology behind hazing. The whole process can be linked to a process called cognitive dissonance . This process is what allows pledges to not only tolerate hazing initiations into exclusive social groups, but rather enjoy it. The video discusses how hazing makes pledges feel dependent on the group, and therefore feel a deep connection, and sense of respect for the group. Pledges, because of this reason, will feel especially connected to those individuals that experience the hazing at the same time they do. Ultimately, the hazing process has long-term negative social consequences. Watch this short video to learn more!
Do this: Although hazing holds an extremely negative connotation and is illegal in most formal institutions, it still goes on. No matter how major, or minor, you may find yourself in a situation where hazing occurs. In case you find yourself here while pledging, keep in mind these tips to keep yourself safe.
- Form positive relationships with cohorts regardless of the situation. A healthy, understanding can go a long way when people disagree—this can be especially useful if you find yourself in a dangerous situation.
- Be honest with other members. If they care about having you as a team member/brother/sister, they will value your input, and respect your opinion. If they shut you down, or are not open to what you have to say, it may be wise to reconsider your wanting to be a group member. Maybe find other organizations that interests you.
- Along the same lines, find your niche. Find where you belong with a particular social group. Make a solid group of friends/a reliable mentor. Otherwise, you may not feel a sense of belonging. This is also a good indication that maybe this organization is not for you.
- Sleep while you can! Most exclusive organizations that have any sort of initiation process will demand A LOT of your time. Make sure to keep yourself hydrated, and as well rested as possible.
- Lastly, if you ever feel like things are going on that should not be going on in any clubs or organizations on campus, it could be a possibility to address the problem to other members of the organization. They could be feeling the same way! If so, and if you feel comfortable, and safe to do so, confront the leaders of the organization about your concerns about internal organization practices.
- If you do not feel safe or comfortable doing it yourself, you can always anonymously report to an authority figure on campus (RA, RHD, AHD, GRM, VCA) or call University Police at 315-312-5555.
Written and researched by Peer Educator, Colleen MacBride