I had a discussion today with a bunch of people I went to high school with today, and those damn New Yorkers launched into their usual criticism of Greek Life. In this case the target of their condemnations was hazing during pledgeship. This issue has plagued fraternities across the country for a few decades, indeed many states even passed laws regarding this. I am addressing this question more so to those who have been through the system though. Given the number of successful Americans on SF, I'm sure more than a fair share of you have been through pledgeship and partook in the lineups. Do you guys think this process is productive? The fire that tempers iron through steel? A valuable tradition? Or do you think it is dangerous and unnecessary. I am personally a college freshman who barely scraped through a Southern pledgeship and turned my rage towards the spring pledges, and my stance is, honestly it made me much closer with my brothers and there is no long term resent between me and the upper classmen. Everything dangerous was done in a controlled atmosphere, and my brothers are smart, which may not always be the case. I support the process, at least as it is implemented where I go to school (pledged and paddled in the South, so I can't imagine any other area is worse). Anyone else have any opinion on this? Balanced men Sig Eps need not apply. You're one of those guys huh? Super sophomores who live for fucking with freshman. I was in a better house at a school in the SEC that had a decent Greek life scene. I was expecting the worse during pledgeship...some of it certainly sucked, but it was one of the best times I had in college that I never want to do again. Hazing brings a pledge class together in certain situations...others it will certainly divide the younger guys from the older ones. I think there is something to be said about earning your way in. I guess it depends on how much it really means to you. If kids want to get the shit beat out of them to be a part of a "brotherhood", so be it. No one is making them pledge.