Cal State Northridge Puts All Greek Life Pledging Activities On Hold

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The Pi Kappa Alpha fraternity at Cal State Northridge is under investigation after a pledge came forward and reported on a hazing activity. Luckily, nobody was injured in the incident, but as a result, all fraternities and sororities on campus have been banned from any type of pledging or recruitment activities for the foreseeable future.

The school has a zero-tolerance policy on hazing, and has kept a particularly careful eye on pledging activity since the death of 19-year-old Pi Kappa Phi pledge Armando Villa in July, during a rigorous hike in hot weather in the Angeles National Forest. In September, the school ruled the death was due to hazing and the CSUN chapter of the fraternity was shut down. The LA County Sheriff's Department is wrapping up a criminal investigation into Villa's death.

Because of the new investigation of Pi Kappa Alpha, there will be absolutely no pledging activity for the 25 fraternities, 28 sororities, and one co-ed fraternity at the school—though they can allow new members to join—until, as campus spokeswoman Carmen Ramos Chandler puts it, "the fraternities can demonstrate they understand what a zero-tolerance policy is on hazing." Campus Vice President Williams Watkins also expressed disappointment with the various Greek organizations, saying, via the LA Times:

"It is shocking and disappointing that this conduct persists after all the efforts undertaken by so many this fall to ensure a recruitment-and-intake process that conforms to the university's zero-tolerance policy on hazing."


I don't think it's all that shocking, but it definitely is disappointing.

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I'm still confused about hazing. Why does beating the people you want to join your group make sense? What's the thought process from which hazing began?