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Old 09-05-2003, 01:48 AM
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U of A Task Force

Arizona Daily Wildcat
University of Arizona
September 4, 2003

Task Force
to Address Hazing


By Cara O'Connor
Arizona Daily Wildcat


A new group of faculty, students, staff and volunteers is looking to
give
the greek system at the UA a facelift.

Following a troublesome year for
UA fraternities at least six fraternities lost university recognition
or
were put on probation since last May a greek life task force has been
formed and will spend this school year looking into issues that include
hazing, academics and alcohol.

"It is probably going to bring about some
pretty radical changes," said Clint Walls, a pre-physiological sciences
sophomore and vice president of public relations for the
Interfraternity

Council (IFC).

The task force will focus its research on scholarship,
risk management, hazing, membership development and rush and
recruitment,
said Chris Bullins, coordinator for greek life. "(This is) an effort to
be
more proactive to solving our problems than reactive," he said. "I
would

like to see a change in the culture of what being greek is about."

The
task force will be co-chaired by Senior Associate Dean of Students
Carol

Thompson. "The goal is to really get a better feel for some of the
issues
and challenges and needs of the community," she said.

Bullins said that
he would like to see a better balance between social life, scholarship,
leadership and service in greek organizations.

The greek life task force
is not a new idea. It has been done at a number of universities across
the
country, said mechanical engineering sophomore and IFC President Ted
Burhans. "We want to achieve the same thing that greek communities
across
the country are doing," he said.

The task force will bring together
representatives from the dean of students office, the greek governing
councils and selected chapters, Campus Health Services, the business
college, the alumni association and ASUA, along with chapter advisors
and a
sorority house director. Bullins said that by collaborating with a
diverse
group of people he hopes to fairly assess the greek community and
rebuild
from the ground up.

"Setting the rules from the top about change has not
been the most effective way to approach this," he said.

The task force
will also look into greek life policies on other campuses and try to
identify the best practices, Bullins said. These practices will be
considered when the task force makes its recommendations for the greek
community at the end of the school year, he said.

The task force will
look into past disciplinary cases at the UA and other university
policies
when they put together recommendations for the greek community.

"(We are)
creating a standard for chapters to follow so they can be in good
standing
with the IFC and with the dean of students," Burhans said.

When making
its recommendations, the task force will also look into documents from
the
Council for the Advancement of Standards, which has set forth national
guidelines for student organizations, Bullins said.

The task force will
have its first meeting at the end of the month.
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Old 09-05-2003, 06:41 PM
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This is so cool to hear about!

It seems the problems with many school, they do not have a professional individual who is familiar with Greek Life and just sort of say, it has always been this way.

But, in the same token, Colleges are becomeing more aware of what Greeks on Campus do and what their Alums do in donating to the School and all of the extra things like Homecoming, intermurals, student Govt, Charity Events, etc. do for a School.

Yes it should be a full time job!

I would love to be a Greek Life Advisor on my Old Campus, Not Dean Wormer of Fabar College!

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Old 09-24-2003, 12:47 PM
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That is ridiculous. What makes an organization unique, or what develops pride among it's members, if their is no criterion to base admittance upon? The pledges that come henceforth will not warrant the same respect as those that came before them. That is the sad truth. I am not a big proponent of hazing, but it does stimulate pride amongst it's members. That is what seperates fraternities from sororities.
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Old 09-24-2003, 03:34 PM
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I disagree that hazing is what stimulates pride amongst members of an organization. Whether you are in a fraternity or sorority pride is developed through sincere brotherhood or sisterhood and respect for the organization and its members. I do think that there should be standards for initiation such as passing tests, attending events, etc. but hazing is what discourages a lot of people from joining a GLO. Maybe I'm in a bubble here being on the west coast and an alum of a hazing-free chapter, but I think that hazing brings a lot of things into an organization-pride not being one of them.
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Old 09-24-2003, 04:20 PM
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You should join an academic fraternity if you think that membership should be based upon passing tests. As I said earlier, I am not a large proponent of hazing, but if it is not taken to extreme limits it is an effective tool of bringing a group of strangers (like a pledge class) together and forming a unique bond. If you disagree, look no further than our armed forces; which I am simply providing as an example of hazing and not associating the magnitude of how it relates to a fraternity.
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Old 09-24-2003, 04:40 PM
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Just for clarification I didn't mean passing tests as in academic tests, I meant pledge tests to test your knowledge of the fraternity/sorority to show that you have a sincere dedication to the organization.

I understand that you are not a large proponent of hazing, but I'm just trying to understand your point of view. As for the armed forces comparison, I agree that the methods of training bring soldiers together to be prepared to defend our country but I don't necessarily see that as hazing. They are being prepared to endure situations that may occur at war and to follow orders of their superiors. All of this a necessity for the armed forces.

I think that in the realm of the greek system this isn't a necessity and there are other methods of building trust and relationships that don't include degrading pledges. Mainly I have this view because hazing tends to be ridiculous acts that often threaten the safety of pledges and have no connection to strengthening bonds-just humiliating future brothers/sisters.
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Old 09-24-2003, 05:43 PM
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Your point is valid. Also, you must understand that we were exposed to the greek system in two completely different enviroments. Hazing at The University of Texas, and schools in the South for that matter, involves a lot of tradition. We were tested on history and trivia involving our fraternity. You must understand that hazing isn't constant beatings and verbal abuse, but rather participatiing in activities that may not be voluntary. We never took it seriously, in fact, we would return to our dorms after an early morning rally and laugh about the events that had taken place. Those are some of my fondest memories. Of course, some of our hazing involved manditory study hours Sunday through Wed. for three hours a night. It is all about sharing a unique experience with a group of guys that you have not shared with any other friends. By the way, what school did you attend?
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