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BRIEF HISTORY OF HAZING

Ancient Greece, said to be the creator of European democracy, also had an


influence on what we know and hate today as hazing. It turns out the Great Thinkers of
that time also forced new students and teammates to binge drink at a raging kegger.
In a report created by Hank Nuwer, a professor of journalism at Franklin College
in the United States, it is revealed that Plato was allegedly one of the first to observe
hazing. Back when toga parties were just called parties, students were treating each
other just as terribly. In 387 BCE, “Plato commented on the savagery of young boys”
that attended his lessons. By this time, the Olympics were alive and well in Athens.
Often fraternities would establish their own sport teams to play against one another.
When many fraternities were founded, initiation rites and ceremonies were often
borrowed and/or modified from any combination of the following items in history:
Philosophy and Literature from Ancient Greeks and Romans; Jewish and Christian
Scriptures; Chivalric traditions; military codes of honor, precepts and forms of
Freemasonry; Enlightenment Science and Philosophy and Romanticism.
These items no longer held the importance in the curriculum that they had
previously. So as time went on, teachings of The Classics became less and less
common. As a result, the meanings of many of the rituals the fraternity was originally
based on began to fade and become unknown to its members. Due to this lack of
knowledge, some fraternities began to depend on theatrical aspects of ceremonies, as
opposed to the deeper, more profound meaning that had essentially been lost. Some
say this was the period in which "Hazing" took its roots.
Hazing bans are now ubiquitous, but some fear they’ve done little more than
hide these rituals from public view. An unintended consequence is that students
who know they are breaking university rules may be less likely to go to authorities
when things get out of control. In the wake of each death, a familiar pattern repeats:
the victim’s parents express outrage, students mourn at a candlelight vigil and
university leaders promise reforms—but too often, critics say, little changes.

Sources:
1. Reilly, K. (2017, October 11). “College Students Keep Dying Because of
Fraternity Hazing. Why Is It So Hard to Stop?” Retrieved from
http://time.com/4976836/fraternity-hazing-deaths-reform-tim-piazza/
2. Appalachian State University (???). “Fraternity and Sorority Life: History of
Greek Life.” Retrieved from https://greeks.appstate.edu/history-of-greek-life
3. Czenczek, K. (2017, October 18). “How Fraternities Have Influenced Team
Sports.” Retrieved from http://theotherpress.ca/history-of-hazing/