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When hazing is taken too far

Hazing is outdated and dangerous. Why do it? Graphic from theodysseyonline.com

I’m sure you’ve heard by now that a Radford University fraternity, Pi Kappa Phi, has been suspended under allegations of a member of the fraternity entering the hospital after a hazing incident. Although a specific name hasn’t been released, the university as well as the Radford police have been taking this incident very seriously and intend on discovering exactly what happened and how to prevent it from happening again.

Hazing has been a rite of passage into Greek life for many years now, although it has been made illegal. I’m not sure where the idea has originated from or why it was created in the first place, but I honestly don’t see the point. Why would abusing and pranking upcoming members of Greek life be a good idea? What’s the point? Is it suppose to prove that they’re worthy of joining the house? Or is it just for fun? Whatever the reason is, it’s not good enough to justify putting people in danger, so much that their life is at risk.

Some people justify hazing by saying that it’s tradition, that it’s been around for years and it’s simply part of greek culture. However, if that’s the logic you like to use than why don’t we bring back slavery or segregation? It’s a part of American history and was tradition for many years, but that, obviously, doesn’t make it morally correct. Hazing is outdated. People understand that hazing is dangerous and messed up. It takes advantage of people who want to desperately to fit in, to belong. It’s an experience that can truly scare someone for the rest of their life and they’re made to think that it’s normal, that it just a part of becoming a part of greek life. It can damage a person forever, and I don’t think people take it as seriously as they need to.

Some people might say that this event was a one time thing, that the boys just got carried away and it was an accident. However, this specific frat house has had a long record of hazing that has ended badly. In 1996 the chapter was suspended because of a death caused by a party gone too far. In 2010, they were once again suspended for reasons unknown. Pi Kappa Phi has a long history of irresponsible members and maybe even advisors. Something needs to be changed in order to ensure that all of Radford University students are safe and taken care of.

Making a Murderer

Making a Murderer is a documentary series about a man named Steven Avery who lives in Wisconsin. He grew up with is last name being an insult, his whole family being named the “troublemakers” of his county. He has been tormented his entire life by the Manitowoc police, who framed him for crimes he has never committed.

He was an easy target, simply because of his family’s reputation. His cousin, who hated Avery, was married to a sheriff on the police force who framed Avery for a rape he didn’t commit. After 18 years of being in prison, he was found innocent for the rape, DNA evidence was “found” that proved Avery didn’t commit the crime. The police had this DNA evidence in file but refused to bring the evidence forward because they wanted to keep Avery in prison. The torture doesn’t end there. Two years after Avery is found innocent and is out of prison, he is framed for murder.

Steven Avery, the first time he was arrested for a crime he didn't commit. Photo from gazettereview
Steven Avery, the first time he was arrested for a crime he didn’t commit. Photo from gazettereview

Steven Avery was framed for the murder of a woman named Teresa Walbach, who was a photojournalist who came to Avery’s Auto shop, run by him and his family, to take pictures of the vehicles that they were selling.

After Walbach came to the Avery plot, she was reported missing and was later found in the back of Avery’s land, buried haphazardly. Later on, evidence was found all over his property, but only after the Manitowoc police hadn’t found anything. There are too many suspicious activities that occurred to state them all, but it’s obvious to anyone watching that the police set up Avery to take the fall for the murder.

The police had a motive to frame Avery. Avery was suing the police department for the time he lost while in prison for the rape he didn’t commit. Three weeks before Avery was suppose to receive the money, this woman went missing and, unfortunately, was murdered and placed on Avery’s property. It was astonishing to see all of the illegal events that the police did and how those weren’t taken into account when proving Avery’s innocence. Avery is still in prison and is going to serve a life sentence for another crime he didn’t commit.

I strongly recommend going to Netflix and watching the ten episode series titled “Making a Murderer.” It’s eye opening and amazing what can happen to an innocent man through the corrupt justice system and authority given to the wrong people.