Seniors React to Haze
by Ashley Bae on Friday, February 24th, 2012
On Wednesday, February 8 2012, all seniors watched a documentary titled “Haze” as part of the Senior Transitions curriculum. “Haze” depicted the college culture of binge drinking and its extreme consequences.
The movie— made on behalf of Gordie Bailey by the Gordie Center for Substance Abuse Prevention— aimed to raise awareness about the hazing that takes place at many Fraternity houses and college campuses all across the United States. As a pledge, 18 year-old Gordie, a freshman at University of Colorado at Boulder in 2004— along with twenty-six fellow pledges— was encouraged by UC Boulder’s Chi Psi Fraternity to drink 1.75 liters of whiskey and 1.5 liters of wine in thirty minutes. Despite the clear signs that Gordie was not healthy, the members of the fraternity proceeded to write all over his body as another hazing ritual in the Fraternity system, and eventually laid him down on the floor; Gordie, only four weeks into college, was found dead the next morning.
Screenings of Haze will hopefully help to educate the public about the nation-wide health crisis of alcohol abuse and hazing and help America’s youth make smarter, safer decisions. Gordie.org, the website of the Gordie Center for Substance Abuse Prevention, provides startling statistics, like that more than 1,700 deaths and hundreds of thousands of injuries each year are a result of alcohol abuse and/or hazing on college campuses.
Seniors’ reactions ran the gamut from apathetic to thoroughly frightened. One anonymous senior recalled the movie saying “that was so scary… it’s definitely going to make me rethink my actions in college.” Cydney Grannan (I) had another opinion: “I was upset that the school used scare tactics on us. The senior transitions program should have been mature enough to approach us as mature people; showing us a movie like “Haze” is not going to scare the people who are actually making the dangerous decisions.”
While not all students responded to the film in what was perhaps the intended manner—with genuine concern—”Haze” attracted attention to the growing issue of binge drinking. The film, with its surprising and graphic photographs, will serve as a clear reminder of the dangers of alcohol abuse.
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