Objection to content noted by Chuck Eberly and Dan Bureau:
This announcement for the upcoming Hazing Audioconference is written in such a way that the content suggests hazing practices originated within fraternities and sororities and have now “spread” to other campus groups / venues. Thus, the advertisement subtly “blames” fraternities and sororities for the proliferation of hazing activites now found on college campuses (and elsewhere). As you know, I have read all of your books on hazing. Where it is documented that members of fraternities and sororities invented hazing, and that all hazing practices somehow can be attributed as generated from fraternity / sorority initiations? At the same time that fraternity / sorority leaders like Dan Bureau, Past President of the Association of Fraternity Advisors, and other of his colleagues work diligently to reduce and eventually eliminate hazing in fraternities / sororities, it would appear that the organizations are still being blamed as the source of all such practices.
I am reminded of the pronouncements of Vice Presidents of Student Affairs on college campuses in the 1980s, when the issue of “risk management” first emerged as a hot topic. Now as then, it appears that people find it convenient to blame a wider societal problem on a single, highly visible group of college students. The issue of high risk drinking was then and still is a campus wide problem, and campuses without fraternity / sorority systems have challenges to surmount due to their students’ high risk drinking. The issue of hazing was then and still is a campus wide (if not societal) problem, and campuses without fraternity / sorority systems still have issues with the occurance of hazing that have not been addressed.
Eastern Illinois University
Hi to all.
Thanks to Chuck for the mention. It has been a wonderful effort that
MANY folks have worked together to accomplish within AFA and numerous
This blurb from PaperClip Communications may reflect just a lack of
knowledge by who wrote the description. I would imagine Hank and others
had little input on the content of the announcement.
I do agree that many in higher education perceive this to be a
fraternity and sorority community only issue. Those campuses without
fraternity and sorority communities have issues with hazing as well.
Hopefully the teleconference will be a well balanced view of the
collective issues of hazing in multiple forums. The list of persons
participating sounds great but none are fraternal movement experts, so I
would imagine the focus will be very much on groups outside of the
fraternity and sorority community.
Assistant Dean of Students
University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign
610 E. John St. 300 TSSB
Champaign, IL 61822