This week college campuses nationwide are participating in National Hazing Prevention Week and Texas A&M University-Kingsville is no exception. All week long, the Office of Student Activities will be hosting a variety of events meant to inform and encourage students on how to prevent hazing.
Hazing is the act of subjecting a person (often a newcomer to the group or organization or a freshman) to abusive or humiliating tricks and ridicule. These activities can range from eating spicy food to going on a scavenger hunt to steal iconic local items.
“I’ve been here for a year, and I have not seen any cases [of hazing],” said Matthew Soles, the coordinator of Greek Life and Special Events. “We try to get as many students as involved as we can just because it can happen to anyone.”
On Monday, Soles and some members of Greek life were at the pavilion spreading information about hazing and had a pledge for students to sign to not haze. The group also passed out candy with hazing facts attached to them.
While most students are aware of the risks associated with hazing, some are willing to take these risks to join organizations they are interested in. One student said that they would partake in hazing if it wasn’t too severe. “If I knew about any hazing, I wouldn’t had joined,” the student replied when questioned about their knowledge of hazing on campus.
If you encounter any form of hazing on or off campus, report the incident to the organization officer or contact Matthew Soles at (361) 593-2760.