Straight out of the Webster's dictionary is the following definition of hazing: “The subjecting of (a recruit) to treatment intended to put in ridiculous or disconcerting position.”
The most frequently asked question about the fraternity experience is whether or not members are hazed. This question comes from brothers of fraternities in the Lower 48 as well as people with no Greek allegiance.
Hazing is perceived as a tool to thin the herd by many organizations, not just fraternities and sororities. Fortunately, none of Alaska's fraternities or sororities participate in these actions. Any group based on friendship should treat all members and recruits as friends.
“We would rather spend our time engaged in activities that that help to build the bond of friendship,” said SAE brother Curtis Markley.
Officially, all fraternities are against hazing.
“Any mental or physical hazing to create a subordinate role for a pledge is not condoned by the fraternity of by mature members and has no place in the pledge program.” This is the pledge SAE brothers take.
Hazing is a problem that has already been put in the spotlight and so it's fading away. Fraternities all over the world are breaking the bad habit due to both public out cry and internal pressures. All national headquarters say hazing is not the way to help boys become men. SAE has a zero-hazing policy and a hazing hotline. The hotline number is the first piece of information given to new members when they join. If a pledge were to call that number an investigation team from our national headquarters would be here in just a couple days.
Hazing is often viewed as a tradition among fraternities. In Alaska, fraternities are so new they were not around during the glory days of hazing so big changes to the systems aren't necessary. SAE has come up with it's own traditions that educate instead of humiliate. The brothers build lasting relationship.