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Two weeks ago I had a chance to lead a session at the Association of Fraternity Advisors with seasoned professionals to discuss hazing. As you know, this year has been a disaster. At least 4 deaths, with another one from an unrecognized, off campus fraternity. I’ve never seen anything like this since I began in 1992 as coordinator of Greek Life at Emory University.

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This past Monday I was the guest speaker for the Baton Rouge Press Club. One of the deaths was at LSU this year so they have been covering hazing a lot. I shared with them thoughts from my experience, plus 2 epiphanies I have had in the last few years. One I wrote about in a piece for the Alpha Phi Alpha Sphinx Magazine.

In the article I indicated “Every day, despite lots of education, real life examples, people decide to haze because that is what they want to do, and what they want trumps what is best for the organization, and even themselves.”

The other article that impacted me was by “The Death of Expertise” by Tom Nichols. He has a book by the same title which I’ll read during the break.

One of the key ideas she shared was “I fear we are witnessing the “death of expertise”: a Google-fueled, Wikipedia-based, blog-sodden collapse of any division between professionals and laymen, students and teachers, knowers and wonderers — in other words, between those of any achievement in an area and those with none at all.”

I enjoyed my time with the press club, and left thinking about this issue even more — what can we do to stop hazing? Still working on it. But here are some of the articles that came from my discussion. I also did an interview tonight with Time Magazine that I will post later.

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