May 6, 2012, 6:56 pm
Today I read an article about Asya Trowell, a student at Penn State who was pledging Omega Essence, a little sister group to Omega Psi Phi fraternity (the fraternity is not recognized by the campus but it still exists).* Asya’s experience being hazed in the process of pledging made my blood boil (please read about it here). I know that some people (including my friends) will be mad at me for writing this essay, but frankly I don’t care. I commend Asya for speaking up and fighting back against the injustice done to her and so many others.
Extreme hazing has been happening across college campuses – from Penn State to Florida A&M University to Rutgers – and it is vile. I don’t care what your justifications are for hazing, I think all of them are just plain wrong. Hazing is pervasive. It happens among all racial and ethnic groups. And unfortunately, some national fraternities…