8 Better Alternatives to Hazing
Fraternities Might Want To Consider
By Tim Henares
Look: we get it. Hazing is part of longstanding traditions for some of these fraternities, and as far as the elder members are, if they went through it, why should they turn soft now and go easy on their future members? It’s a vicious cycle, it’s not something we would ever want for ourselves, but from a certain point of view, it makes sense – even if we don’t agree with it.
The thing is, beating someone to a pulp isn’t the only way to assure utter loyalty out of your brads. Crushing them to within an inch of their life isn’t the only way to foster camaraderie among your ranks. There are so many more ways that range from the silliest to the most profound – without putting any lives at risk.
So if any fraternities looking to turn over a new leaf are listening, we have 8 suggestions to make how you could initiate your members without having to almost kill them.
8. Make them look silly for weeks.
The common initiation that you get from other groups would be for the neophytes to wear ridiculous costumes or do random idiotic things in public. While it’s not exactly the most constructive thing ever, there is an implicit understanding between the neophytes and the outside world that they’re only doing this to get into something. In the long run, it’s not as big a deal as, say, actual bullying.
7. Make them production assistants during events.
Whenever a frat puts together a kickass party, make sure that the bulk of the manpower is carried out by the neophytes. There is nothing embarrassing about manual labor, and it certainly builds character. At the very least, every single brod of a frat that incorporates this practice would be pretty handy around the frathouse.
6. Turn it into a reality show.
If a fraternity only has a limited number of slots for acceptance amongst their ranks, why not make a webshow reality contest out of it? It would be pretty entertaining to see what kind of challenges and hurdles there would be for all these neophytes to go through, and with it being on public record via YouTube, we can be sure that the proceedings will have a kind of transparency that would allay any worries about their practices.
5. Give them financial obligations.
Nothing backbreaking, but at least something that would ensure that being part of the brotherhood would make for a self-sustaining endeavor. That, and the accounting for this obviously has to be transparent, and if it is, then you have a naturally growing organization that has deep pockets to accomplish so much.