One of the notorious excuses for hazing is it promotes group unity. Research shows that most members who have been hazed don’t feel that it made them closer (Allan & Madden, 2008).
A positive new member experience creates unity and strengthens their love for ZTA all at once. Below are just a few ways new members can bond without hazing as a part of the process.
Go out for ice cream or frozen yogurt. Just watch your face.
Play intramural sports together, like softball, soccer or volleyball.
Your VP II-New Member Coordinator can organize a new member retreat/sleepover.
Watch an awards show together and see if you can predict the next fall from Jennifer Lawrence. Remember this one?
Help a sister out by studying together.
Eat anything and everything with strawberries in it.
Play fun games and team-building activities to get to know each other.
Reference: Allan, E.J & Madden, M. (2008). Hazing in view: College students at risk. Retrieved from http://umaine.edu/hazingresearch/files/2012/10/hazing_in_view_web.pdf