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.