Stories & Essays

These are a selection of stories related to hazing and submissions to our annual essay contest in partnership with the National Federation of State High School Associations.

Lianne Kowiak’s Story

If he were alive today, my son Harrison would be over 30 years old. When my husband and I sent him to college in...

Trust & Transparency — Eliminate Hazing

By Kira Greenfield A team is a group of individuals who join together to perform a task that would be difficult or impossible to accomplish...

A Rope Into The Pit, and Out Into The Light

By Jose Mexicano We often see it as a prank. Some stupid video compilation on YouTube, something that, more often than not, has made people...

Hazing – End the Cycle

By Georgia Garrow Joining a sorority, going to your first college party, meeting your dorm-mates. When a student enters college, they have expectations of how...

There is power in numbers: Rise up, band together, stomp out hazing

By Natalia Corwell Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. once said during his “Keep on Moving” speech given in May of 1963, “There is power in...

Hazing Hurts – Stop the Cycle

By Ariel McLain, Garrett Morgan School of Science, Cleveland, OH HAZING!!!! Commonly known as a traditional activity for a group, club, or sorority initiation. You...

“We,” Not “Us” and “Them”

By Hetty Bai Lumbering through thickets of dry, summer flora, my thirteen-year-old braces-baring acne-spotted self raced to the tennis courts. With sweaty palms and a...

A Fraternity Brother Speaks Out

By: Colin Schlank I cannot count how many times I have asked the following question amidst the past four years of my life; what can...

Ohana: It’s Everyone’s Responsibility

By Adam Mercier The picture still hangs on my wall – our 2015 swim team, all huddled around for a group picture, to be given...