Pledging or Hazing?

Investigating the controversy surrounding black fraternities and sororities. Many black Greek societies face growing pressure to reform or shut their doors in the face of charges of hazing around the country. Natasha Alford ’08 brought attention to the controversy in a Crimson editorial published last fall. The troubling incident described by Alford, a social studies concentrator in Dunster House, was not an isolated one. In 2006, Marcus Jones, a 19-year-old student at Florida A&M University, was beaten with wooden canes while pledging Kappa Alpha Psi and suffered a ruptured ear drum, along with other injuries. Two of the perpetrators in this incident …






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