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Today was a day.

Prom issues up the ying-yang. The group is up to 28 people. And some guys are being stingy and not wanting to go for a limo. I've put my foot down as to say that I am not driving to prom in a mini van. It's just not going to happen.

*sigh* So apparently we're meeting on Saturday at Rob's to plan it.

I'm also supposed to go prom dress shopping with Zoe on that day.

And sometime this weekend I need to go see the Northwestern Waa-Mu Variety Show. In my spare time, perhaps on Sunday.


A lot of today was spent talking about the hazing at Glenbrook North High School. The entire 42 minute English class, as well as the last 10 minutes of Foreign Policy. After class though, Sara, Jordan and I stayed through the entire next period to talk to Kaplan about it.


In case you haven't heard yet, it's all over cnn.com (and maybe the actual channel) and there's a lot of information at chicagotribune.com, as well as in papers. It's also gotten international coverage on BBC and other networks.

There was a violent hazing during a Powderpuff Football game over the weekend at GBN. (Which is a neighboring school.) It was between Senior and Junior girls, and at the end, the Juniors were beaten.

It goes beyond "just hazing".

These girls got the shit kicked out of them. They were covered with fish guts, pig intestine, and manure. They were forced to eat human feces.

5 were beaten so badly that they had to go to the hospital. At least 2 got bacterial infections because of the shit that was shoved in their mouths.

It was sick.


My English class. Oh my god.

They were saying things like "it just got out of control."
And "hazing isn't bad, as long as it doesn't get violent."
"It's a good way to get team unity."
"It's tradition."
"It isn't humiliating."
"They expect it."
"They were just drunk."
"It just got out of control."

There was even a girl who was involved in this hazing scandal from our Freshman year that made the school start enforcing strict, no-tolerance hazing policies. She was saying how great it was and that everyone has fun.

FUN!

It's meant to be a humiliating experience, to divide the classes and show that seniors are better, just because they are older. And my English class was DEFENDING these actions!

I could not believe it. I was appaulled.


But Foreign Policy had a better outlook that hazing is wrong. And especially that things didn't just get out of hand. Things don't just get out of control. It was PREMEDITATED! They had manure, fish guts, and animal intestine. They were planning to do these things. It did not just "get out of hand".

Urg. So Kaplan and I (and Sara and Jordan) had a good conversation. She's so damn smart, I love her. We talked a lot about school dynamic. What it means to be "popular". How things have changed since she was in high school and how things are the same. It was really good, and took up my ENTIRE 7th period free. It was awesome and I had a renewed faith that not all of the school is filled with stupid cheerleader girls.

The scary part is that GBN is so close. A few miles away. In our division. A typical North Shore high school.


*sigh*

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sovietpanda
May. 8th, 2003 04:07 pm (UTC)
i absolutely don't understand it. who the fuck GATHERS HUMAN FECES FOR THROWING AT PEOPLE!??! IT'S JUST SICK!!!!

we watchted the tv for all of english. i could hardly stomach it. it disgusted me that people weren't as appalled as i
gailmarie
May. 8th, 2003 04:14 pm (UTC)
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I just couldn't believe the people who were supporting hazing. Most of them, actually. Defending it, and calling it okay.

I just don't understand using it as an initiative, or a way to get to know people. What do you find out about them by covering them in sludge? Why not take the entire team and go out for pizza? Why not treat people like equals?

It just doesn't make sense to me.
dantana
May. 8th, 2003 04:33 pm (UTC)
If I remember correctly, I think the when I was a senior on the rugby team we made the newbies run around the track until they couldn't anymore, then we bought them Slurpees.

Initiation welcomes girls onto the team. Hazing just degrades them and makes the established players feel better about themselves.
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