Sunday, February 21, 2010
The topic of fraternity and sorority hazing seems to interest several students, and it might be a timely topic due to the extensive news coverage that a recent incident of alleged hazing at the Sigma Gamma Rho sorority has attracted (see, for instance, "Rutgers University sorority members deny hazing, paddling pledges" or "Sorority Hazing: Increasingly Violent, Disturbing"). With extensive news coverage comes lots of useful information, which can turn this local incident (which is likely to play out in the courts throughout the term) into a case for use in your papers. The Targum has run a number of stories on the incident and continues to shine light on hazing with a recent front page story devoted to the 1988 death of James Callahan at Rutgers -- see "Hazing scandal lingers in campus atmosphere" by Greg Flynn. The Callahan case was widely covered at the time and would also make for a very interesting historical investigation (using resources of Special Collections).