Are sororities, fraternities defined by hazing, death, and cover-up?

Chung 'Michael' Deng

Chun ‘Michael’ Deng, a student at CUNY’s Baruch College, was hazed to death by fraternity members at a rental property in the Poconos.

The announcement that up to 37 members of the Asian fraternity Pi Delta Psi will be charged in the murder of Baruch College freshman, Chun “Michael” Deng 19, offers little solace to his heartbroken family. Deng lost his life when he was beaten by members of the Pi Delta Psi fraternity in a hazing ritual, at a rental property in the Poconos, miles from his college campus of Manhattan, New York.

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On Tuesday, September 15, police officials in Pennsylvania announced a litany of charges, including third-degree murder, assault, hazing and criminal conspiracy. But the fact that the culprits were charged with a gamut of crimes stands as a firm reminder to incoming freshmen at colleges across the nation.

Robert Champion, a member of the FAMU marching band, was hazed to death in pursuit of 'brotherhood."

Robert Champion, a member of the FAMU marching band, was hazed to death in pursuit of ‘brotherhood” in 2011.

At this stage of the college semester, students are settling into their classes, dormitory rooms and cliques. Many are considering pledging to different sororities and fraternities, lured by the ‘bond’ of sisterhood or brotherhood.

But before taking the plunge, it is wise for impressionable college students to conduct extensive research about hazing, many of which occurs covertly or ‘underground,’ which means that although the college, sorority and fraternity leaders verbally state that they do no tolerate the practice, off the record many of them not only support the deadly practice, they participate in the hazing activities themselves.

Victoria Carter, a freshman at East Carolina University, died trying to pledge to the Delta Sigma Theta sorority.

Victoria Carter, a freshman at East Carolina University, died trying to pledge to the Delta Sigma Theta sorority in 2010.

Every year, there are reports of college students losing their lives as they blindly try to pledge allegiance to sororities and fraternities for the bond that these groups purportedly provide. And with each death, comes the ritualistic cover-up from the groups’ leaders, as they cowardly try to preserve the reputations of their groups, at the expense of their innocent victims. So before you are lured by the alleged glamour associated with joining a fraternity or sorority, conduct extensive research on hazing deaths: It could save your life–OnPointPress.net.