Thursday, May 10, 2012, 11:02 AM
In a recent commentary, "Lessons from hazing," Chris Papst declares, "hazing can be positive. I was hazed as a young man, and it taught me an important lesson that will be lost on younger generations."
Although Mr. Papst cites the recent scandal at Franklin and Marshall College in Lancaster, where the womens lacrosse team coach was fired and several players were suspended for a hazing incident, he fails to mention the brutal hazing which occurred at a Florida college, resulting in the death of a student. Strange that Mr. Papst states, "Todays youth most likely will not get to live the experience I just shared. And its unfortunate. But then again, todays youth are missing out on a lot." Missing out, I suppose,Franklin & Marshall, on "being hog-tied, blindfolded and dropped in the bed of a pickup truck." To Mr. Papst, this "right (sic) of initiation" creates a bond, and according to him, "We became one." Almost sounds like a religious experience, doesnt it? ROGER J.
On behalf of the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society,2012 FRANKLIN & MARSHALL,2012 FRANKLIN & MARSHALL, I attended the April Downingtown Area School Districts board meeting, and received a $7,000 contribution for the L&L Society. The students and staff at the Downingtown Middle school generated the funds through various fund raising activities. I learned that over the last 15 years, Downingtown Middle School has donated more than $250,000 to various organizations servicing the needs of children and families in our community. I wish to express my appreciation to the past and present Downingtown Middle School students and staff, particulary teachers Mike Getz and Gary Gittis, for their strong sense of civic duty and community involvement. They are indeed touching the future.