Confessions of an Ivy League Frat Boy: Inside Dartmouth's Hazing Abuses Read more: http://www.rollingstone.com/culture/news/confessions-of-an-ivy-league-frat-boy-inside-dartmouths-hazing-abuses-20120328#ixzz1qWToSOpL
A friend passed along this truly horrific article about the hazing rituals of Dartmouth (and I'm sure other college) fraternities. As a member of an athletics team, a person with a younger brother going to college, and a friend to guys who have had to go through secretive initiations, I wonder (and fear) where this kind of behavior comes from. I'm totally understanding of there being some sort of initiation process, but the secretive-ness of it is alarming, and the complete inability of members to self-police other members who get out of hand seems the scariest bit of it--that this is both self-reinforcing and self-perpetuating a cycle of abuse that is supposed to make people close. Also that this "closeness" is completely predicated on being in a state of mind that is nearly catatonic due to intoxication and drug abuse is doubly terrifying.
Saturday, March 24, 2012
Today i stumbled upon my college’s belated celebration of Holi—the Festival of Colors celebrated typically on March 1. In Hindu religions, this day is one of fun, festival, and uninhibited-ness. We could use a bit more holidays like this one in my book
After an in-depth chat with my online life, I came to the realization that there’s a lot that I’m getting from the internet (reference my facebook stalking habits, pinterest, gmail, gcal, google group addiction…) and not a whole lot of thinking that I actually have to do to get it. I mean, that’s what’s so great about the internet right? it’s easy. probably—but I think it’s about time I start doing something else with my time. So, I don’t know if anyone will ever actually see this, but here it is—from now on, I’m searching the web the way that I’m searching the world. I’m an undergrad, I have no idea what I’ll be doing three months from now, and I haven’t a clue whether that’s a good thing or a bad thing. This is where I’m going to make plans, figure things out, imagine what my life’s going to end up like. Just going to put it out there and see what comes up. Anyone’s welcome to join the ride