On weekend nights, the presence of fraternities washes over UNC’s campus like midnight waves, and with the moon’s ominous pull, their existence reaches a high tide for the week. Their dark waters are ubiquitous in the form of lurid music, conspicuous solo cups and olfactory whiplash.
Weekend nights played on replay, studded with horrifying cases of sexual assault and violence, turn attention to the source of the tide — frats: fraternities that will look over their shoulder and defensively point to the moon.
We, the Chapel Hill community, need fraternities to hold themselves accountable to a higher standard, and this can start with something entirely in their control — the pledge process, a process that also has a As frats kickstart their rituals and initiation sequences, we urge them to turn away from traditional methods of induction that may include binge drinking, physical violence and traumatic hazing.
The case for a miserable pledging process is embedded in the power of commiseration; a powerful sharing of raw pain often results in a durable tie between individuals. We can understand that.