Tonight I attended Ball State’s Greek Life’s anti-hazing discussion panel. During it, we read a disturbing article featured in Cosmopolitan this month outlining why “hazing is good”. Below, I’ve included the link to the article and in response, have written this post.
Tess Koman (author of the article),
It’s difficult to put into words the disappointment I experienced while reading your article. Even more so, it was saddening that your article was published during Panhellenic Council’s National Hazing Prevention Week. As a fellow Greek Life member, it’s disheartening that you would ever say that getting hazed was “worth it” and a “rite of passage”. For years, members of the Greek community have tirelessly worked to rid the stereotype that sororities and fraternities haze.
Of course, a lot of people outside of the Greek community do not understand what it means to be Greek. By publishing your article, you are automatically swaying their idea of what it means to be a part of Greek Life. Under no circumstances should any new member or “pledge” ever be forced to be humiliated, punished, or degraded. There are an endless amount of possibilities when it comes to creating bonds with your new sisters–none of which include being hazed. No one deserves to be treated as any less than an equal.
As a new pledge of Sigma Kappa, I’m proud to say I’m a member of Greek life. So many people have a negative or false image of what it means to be in a sorority, and I want to continue to strive to break down those stereotypes and show people what being a part of a sorority is really about–sisterhood, charity, morals, values, love, and more. It’s sad that a fellow member of Greek life would ever truly, honestly believe that someone should be hazed.
But to everyone else, I couldn’t be more proud to be a Sigma Kappa and a member of Ball State’s Greek Life where we don’t tolerate hazing. It’s such an amazing feeling to be a part of a sorority, and I wish everyone could experience that feeling!