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Discourse Community Project
Transcript of Discourse Community Project
According to the organization Stop Hazing, 73% of students participating in social fraternities and sororities have experienced at least one hazing behavior"
Alcohol consumption, humiliation, isolation, sleep- deprivation, and sex acts are hazing practices common across types of student groups.
Most colleges and universities have fraternities and sororities, and the members are commonly referred to as being "Greek."
Fraternities and sororities are social organizations very similar to clubs and are usually named with two or three Greek letters.
To become a brother or sister in fraternities and sororities, there is a pledging process that the people must complete. Through this process, the people are able to learn more about the organization they are joining.
What is Greek Life?
Marisa is a third year student at the University of California, Davis who decided to pledge a sorority her second year of college.
Jonathan is a third year student at the University of California, Davis who decided to pledge a fraternity his second year of college. He had no prior knowledge about the pledging process and was unaware about what it entailed, He did not know that people in fraternities and sororities would potentially be hazed.
Theory of Human Needs
By: Monica Chin
Why do College Students Join Fraternities and Sororities?
Abraham Maslow's theory of human needs, also referred to as a person's
hierarchy of needs
, may be a possible reason why many college students are interested in joining fraternities and sororities.
This theory states that humans have levels of needs, which are represented in a pyramid. The needs are placed on the pyramid based on importance, the most important being on the bottom. Unless the needs of the first level are satisfied, the next level of the pyramid will not be of concern to the person
"I joined a sorority for
. I wanted to feel like I had a home away from home. Go to girls I could always count on."
She was aware of the possibility of being hazed, hearing information from her close friends and from research she did online, but those stories did not deter her. She did not think that pledging would be based off of hazing and degradation.
"People are genuinely trying to find their place in college, find their
life long friends
, and have experiences no one else would understand unless they were part of it too"
Joining a fraternity "wasn't all about the girls and the partying. That was included but it was more about finding
like minded people
Jonathan grew up in a predominantly Asian community
"I felt like I needed to be in that community again to feel like myself. To be more
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Wang, J. (2017, May 17). Personal Interview.
There are numerous possibilities as of why people want to be part of Greek life. Everyone has their own reasons, whether the person is looking for a family and place to fit in, or simply just looking for the parties. Even with all of the information about hazing in fraternities and sororities, people are completely unaware of it.