Clearing up Hazing; Opponents are pushing for stronger laws

Back in college, Frederica Wilson earned the nickname the Haze Buster while serving as a regional director for her sorority, Alpha Kappa Alpha.

Looking at the college hazing problem today, she says “it’s almost as if the college campuses give [students] a license to kill, inadvertently, without meaning to.”

Wilson, a Democratic congresswoman representing South Florida, planned to introduce a bill—the Halting Hazing Act of 2012—last month amid an anti-hazing event scheduled in Washington, D.C. She aims to make hazing a federal offense resulting in the loss of financial aid to students involved.

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