The death of an 18-year-old sophomore student of De La Salle-College of St. Benilde in Luzon due to hazing has pushed the different organizations and fraternities of Silliman University (SU) to gather and organize an activity that would end the “hazing practice” in the university.
The activity held, called “A Walk to Remember,” was organized by the Independent Order of Odd Fellows [IOOF] SU Chapter.
Rutchell G. Sillero, noble grand or president of the IOOF said that there is no relationship between the severity of hazing during recruitment and the levels of commitment the members show in the fraternity.
“We want to show the organizations that an organization will still be strong even without hazing during recruitments,” Sillero said.
Sillero added that those organizations which foster a sense of belongingness and accountability have “the most loyal and committed members” rather than those who have difficult initiation rites and practice hazing to their members.
Deniell Magaso, president of Sigma Rho Fraternity, who participated in the activity, said that the activity was a “good effort to remember the victims of hazing.”
Magaso added that it was also a good reminder to all the fraternities and sororities to “exercise caution at all times” during their initiations.
On the other hand, he believed that hazing cannot be easily eradicated in the culture of fraternities and sororities.
The activity started through a prayer for all the victims of hazing. The participants then walked from the Luce Lobby to the East Quadrangle while holding placards that had anti-hazing messages.
The activity was participated by almost two hundred students coming from different organizations within the university.
IOOF plans to further conduct activities through seminars and lectures which will campaign the eradication of hazing.
By Nova Veraley Grafe