Hazing: Hard Work Builds Character

In the Greek community, there is no other subject which receives a negative stigma quite like hazing. At many universities, it is one of the largest offenses a chapter can commit. Even though many people find it hilarious, to most administrations hazing is no laughing matter, and being caught can bring a death penalty to a chapter faster than a Miami football player can chug Dom Pérignon on a private yacht. However, there is an underlying purpose to hazing which those outside of the Greek culture can never learn from the hyper-liberal media. Many factors are at play in hazing “scandals,” and these are often overlooked when the world has a scapegoat to put against the wall because one thing went wrong at BFE State. However, any activity that can cause serious harm, such as forcing pledges to consume large quantities of alcohol should be prohibited.

Because the majority of society will never truly know the hard-earned joy of being initiated into a brotherhood, I believe it is time for people to stop looking down on Greeks and start looking in the mirror at some of the larger flaws in society itself. For those who believe hazing serves no purpose other than to please a group of sadistic tormenters, I assure you, you are terribly misinformed. Fraternities at their very cores are an exclusive group of men who share a bond that is tight enough to be considered family, that’s why we call ourselves brothers. Families grow together through good times and bad, and there is no greater bonding experience than facing adversity. Hazing is just one element to a pledge program that serves the purpose of creating these ties which we work so hard for. And just for the record, hazing is an umbrella term that covers most anything these days (making a kid dress nice to class could be considered hazing at some schools). It teaches young men the importance of seeing things to the end and the value of hard work, things that are practically history in the handout society we live in.

Another thing that really points out some pitfalls in our society is the lack of personal accountability expected from these so called “victims” of hazing. Now, I’m well aware there are cases when things get taken too far, and that is a shame. But when it really comes down to it, what kind of person doesn’t know how to walk out of a situation they don’t want to be in? Are we really raising a generation of young adults who can’t hold themselves accountable enough to make their own decisions without the aid of some helicopter parent? I’m sorry, but if you don’t want to put in the work that every person before you put in, then the fraternity you pledged isn’t for you. Drop and rush somewhere else. This everyone-gets-a-trophy bubble we’re raising our youth in today is crippling our country, and it can be seen by the people who use our welfare system but still manage to have flatscreen televisions. If you can’t put in the work to get something, you don’t deserve it.

One last thing I want to mention is rats. Although I will question your testicular fortitude, deciding to drop a fraternity because you don’t like what is expected of you is understandable as long as you don’t run your mouth. The second you decide to ruin the whole process for everyone else, you may as well be living, breathing excrement. The world is full of people who are selfish enough to believe that if they can’t have something no one else should either, they are called liberals. Be a man and lie in the bed you made alone. You made your decision, now make peace with it and move on.

Next time you see a horrific headline with hazing in it, know that someone fucked up. The process is supposed to be a learning experience that teaches young men how to deal with adversity, and learning how to face challenges and work with a group of people through them is easily one of the most important ladder rungs to success. To think that the media looks down upon our institutions for trying to instill values that most of society has forgotten speaks volumes about what is wrong with this country. Hard work builds character. Remember that…and to cup your balls and clench.

  1. Fratstar Runner

    Why can administrations realize that hazing exist everywhere, including in greek life. For jobs there’s interns, for doctors there’s residency, hell even pro athletes haze.

    13 years ago at 3:13 pm
  2. VAFratAZ

    I was a Rat… Then again I went to VMI where everyone is called that while being hazed.

    13 years ago at 3:15 pm
    1. Fratlanta Falcons

      The Citadel’s a joke. Go to a real military school and quit letting your cadets creep all over the city like rats.

      13 years ago at 4:05 pm
    2. VAFratAZ

      Knob is also slang for penis. Note my example: “Hey after you slob my knob make me a sandwich.”

      13 years ago at 7:02 pm
    3. Bravo 11

      I pledged a fraternity and I was a knob at the Citadel, proud to be both… Rats and GDIs are the same to me.

      13 years ago at 8:29 pm
    4. Charleston FratEN

      I heard the Citadel didn’t have fraternities anymore, So how did you pledge as a knob?

      13 years ago at 9:52 pm
    5. usmafratbrother

      VMI is the west point of the south. west point isn’t the VMI of the north. citadel’s nothing

      13 years ago at 10:31 pm
    6. VAFratAZ

      VMI has fraternities which were forced underground. Those of us who may or my not be in them are risking everything for a stronger bond of brother hood. One that is strong than the Rat Line itself.
      Also get the fuck off your high horse with the downs… VMI, The Citadel, West Point, we are all the same. We are the hardest schools in the nation. We have different aspects which are harder on our cadets. One this is for sure, we’re a fraternity of our own. We see rings and we give a slight nod of respect because we know that we have each seen a struggle which others will never know. So get that stick out of your ass and go yell at a knob.

      13 years ago at 8:51 am
    7. Old Alpha Tau

      Respect to all military schools, but ATO and Sigma Nu were both founded at VMI.

      13 years ago at 10:00 am
    8. never pro BROno

      please do not compare VMI to the US Military Academy. You are a fall back for people who wanted to go to WestPoint. It is much easier to get in and stay in at VMI, also you are not viewed with the same respect by any means. My facts may be of but I’m pretty sure every major US general in the civil war, WWI, WWII, Vietnam and so on went to West Point not VMI

      13 years ago at 10:35 am
    9. VAFratAZ

      George C. Marshall, VMI.
      Chesty Puller, VMI – 1 year.
      Jackson, VMI Instructor.

      Patton- West Point… Oh wait, he spent a year at VMI but left because it was too hard.

      There are many more people from each school that are notable, too many to list. I extend an olive branch and you piss on it. You sir are an ass of the clown type. Learn your shit. The VMI corps marched on New Market and won. The first, only and last corps to fight in combat. So come down here to the South and get proper education. Pissant.

      13 years ago at 11:13 am
    10. Upper Fratosphere

      I enlisted in the US Army before coming to college. While i was in, I came into contact with several officers from West Point and VMI. In my opinion, the VMI officers were better leaders. Not saying West Point Grads are shit, just the ones I served with were kind of prissy and had a sense of entitlement and lack of humility stemming from where they had gone to school.

      13 years ago at 2:38 pm
  3. Davey Frocket

    Put the fear of God in them and they wont say shit. Rat problem solved.

    Great article.

    13 years ago at 3:20 pm
  4. bleedblueandgold

    Im sorry but an administrator that was never in the greek system should not be in charge. They will look at everything as hazing. and rats need to get out!

    13 years ago at 3:37 pm
    1. AnchorsDownBottomsUp

      Exactly. At my school, our library hours are considered hazing. Although we have the highest GPA to show for it.

      13 years ago at 9:32 pm
  5. “The world is full of people who are selfish enough to believe that if they can’t have something no one else should either, they are called liberals.”


    13 years ago at 3:38 pm
  6. Elephant Walker

    sig ep balanced man: the best way to become a fraternity without putting up with the ridiculous hazing of other fraternities. RUSH SIG EP

    13 years ago at 3:44 pm
    1. PDT1848

      Let me fix that for you, best way to join a club, if you’re too big of a pussy to put up with the hazing of real fraternities.

      13 years ago at 3:56 pm
    2. Fratlanta Falcons

      Success, Go Frat Win, and Fratsthal, yall are fucking idiots.

      He is insulting Sig Ep for not hazing and being a bunch of pussies. He’s not actually in Sig Ep. The satire is pretty blatant. All three of you, go take a lap.

      13 years ago at 4:07 pm
    3. Mike Tahoe

      I had a class with a guy who is a Sig Ep. He told me that the reason he joined Sig Ep is because his dad was in a fraternity that hazed and told him about getting hazed, and he chose Sig Ep because he didn’t want to get hazed like his dad did. I don’t think I ever talked to the pussy again.

      13 years ago at 4:53 pm
    4. Success

      Fratlanta (just an amazingly fantastic name by the way), read my reply dumbass. Never said he wasn’t being sarcastic. I said it’s gonna get toen up and it should, and hey, guess what?…I was right. Why don’t you take that lap for me dipshit?

      13 years ago at 5:05 pm
    5. brostock

      DON’T FEED THE GODDAMN TROLLS. How is it that so many people just never learn?

      13 years ago at 7:06 pm
    6. carter1901

      im right here. And many balanced man chapters don’t get to choose. And if waiting two years for your whole ritual isn’t hazing than fuck you. Your ritual is the most important part of joining.

      13 years ago at 12:05 am
    7. HFF

      I’m in a balanced man chapter and we haze balls. balanced man designation just allows us to say we don’t haze on paper and save a pile of money on our liability insurance. learn to play the game, guys.

      13 years ago at 8:24 am
    8. AccuFrat

      Yeah dude you’re right, I’m sure you guys haze balls in a sigep balanced man chapter. Obviously nationals are not the best part of being in a fraternity, but I know I could never join a fraternity whose national completely disregards the hazing process.

      13 years ago at 11:01 am
    9. BROnonia_Docet

      Sig Ep’s pledges at my school had to win the tug-of-war during the yearly Pledge Games. If they lost, they had to sleep outside that week… Pretty much made it every other house’s goal to beat them. Guess who won that year? …Not Sig Ep… Hazing other house’s pledges. TFM.

      13 years ago at 12:14 pm
  7. Nitro Hazelton

    Back in my day we would haze the pledges in public, but that was before that socialist FDR got into office.

    13 years ago at 5:31 pm