8 Reasons

Why Fraternities

Do Hazing,


to Frat Members

By 8List

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It was Monday morning when the news about Horacio Castillo III, a law student killed by hazing, broke out. The tragic incident shocked and alarmed a lot of parents, schools, and students; but this wasn’t the first time. Over the years, death cases due to hazing have been reported, with a number of them still awaiting justice. And yet, this culture among fraternities prevails, and initiates are still willing to undergo the process of hazing. The big question is: “why?”

We interviewed former and current fraternity members (we’re keeping their names and fraternities anonymous for confidentiality) to help us understand why they think hazing is an integral part of their “brotherhood.”

Test of loyalty

“Fratmen want loyalty, that’s why they initiate hazing rituals. They don’t want a person who will give up easily. The goal of the hazing period is to make the neophyte quit by giving him a hard time. Loyalty is measured when the neophytes don’t quit despite everything.”

“Kung walang hazing baka palipat-lipat lang ng fraternity ‘pag di nila nagustuhan ‘yun mga patakaran ng isang frat.”


Common bond between brothers

“Hazing strengthens bond. Members consider each other as real biological siblings, calling each other brad and sis. They help and provide in times their members would need help.”

“It’s a common bond between brothers, and you get to talk about it during reunions.”


Defines masculinity

“Hazing proves and defines masculinity. Since men compose a fraternity, one has to prove they are strong enough to join. Weak men (are) not allowed to join.”


Distinctiveness of the fraternity

“Hazing is what makes fraternities distinct from other organizations.”


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“Fraternities and sororities will cause you to gain a different kind of self-esteem as there would be programs on personality development that you will undergo.”


Tests your ability to withstand pressure

“Frats are based on a culture of machismo, and you are able to prove that you have that when you are able to withstand that painful and rigorous admission process. As a result, you carry with you a badge of honor.”

Pang patapang din kasi ng loob yung hazing. Hindi lang pampatibay ng physical well-being mo pati na din yung fortitude mo bilang isang tao nahahasa para di ka mabilis mag break down. Saka bakit yung sa mga army and police trainings may mga kasamang paglulubog sa tubig ng walang damit pag papahampas sa alon pag papakagat sa langgam pang papaso atbp sa mga trainings nila kasi pampatibay yun ng loob na kapag andiyan ka na sa totoong sitwasyon alam mo gagawin mo at di ka mag bbreak down”



Only after hazing that you’ll realize (sic) how difficult, painful and at the same time fulfilling it is to become a brad.”


To follow the tradition

Meron nang hazing ever since, so it’s continuing the tradition of the fraternity. And tradition is important in every organization. It’s our identity.”

“Initiation rights or ‘hazing’ in frat’s term has long been practiced as a baptism to new members. It’s like, to become a Christian, one has to be baptized to feel that you are now a Christian. Same goes with fraternities. One has to undergo hazing to be fully considered a “brad.”


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1 comment

  1. Even brothers in blood have differences in common much more than brothers in frat hazing is not the solutions for brotherhood were all already brothers in Crist

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